Dior Ashley Brown
Dior Ashley Brown (Courtesy of Brown via Twitter)

Anacostia Arts Center will give local hip-hop artists and DJs from across the Washington area a platform every month with their new series, “All The Way Live Tuesdays!”

Debuting with singer Wes Felton in February the free event will run through the summer culminating on Sept. 26 with a closing cypher and celebration. All shows start at 7 p.m.

“Hip-Hop is rooted in controlling the narrative of an otherwise voiceless people,” said Camille Kashaka, the center’s director. “It has always been about countering the norms with a loud voice, and a low bass. Because of the current state of affairs in this country, it is important to me that we use that voice whenever and wherever we can.”

The Anacostia Arts Center aims to provide a home for the artists, makers and entrepreneurs who increase the District’s expanding creative industries east of the River, in a continuous effort to increase positive news stories coming out of Wards 7 and 8.

The lineup:

March 28: Milk$

Milk$ (pronounced Milk Money), a D.C.-based hip-hop duo composed of MC/producer Parabellum Raps and DJ/producer Avervge, released their debut album “Zodiac Sines” in August, boasting seven skillfully crafted tracks reminiscent of analog-era production that bridges influences ranging from West Coast G-Funk to D.C. go-go.

April 25: Jay Mills

Jay Mills, the D.C.-born, self-proclaimed “Pam Grier of Hip-Hop,” has hit the stage with the likes of Kelis, Rah Digga and others. A classically trained musician, Jay Mills began her career at the age of 4, eventually making the transition from spoken word to rap. Her influences include Jay Z, Ghostface Killah, Lil Kim, D’Angelo and Erykah Badu.

May 30: WOLM

Back from their European tour, the socially conscious lyrics of WOLM (World Of Light Media) conveys a positive train of thought. Founding member Shamir Spencer and his brother Nyce are skillful musicians, producers and emcees on a mission to bring a state of awareness not only to hip-hop music but culture as well. Their mentors are respected veterans Chuck D, Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane.

June 27: Paige Hernandez

Performer, director, choreographer and playwright Hernandez has received a plethora of accolades from within the industry and continues to advocate for hip-hop education from pre-K to college. With her company B-Fly Entertainment, Paige is a force to be reckoned with.

July 25: Dior Ashley Brown

Dior Ashley Brown has been deeply rooted in the performing arts since grade school. She is affiliated with every noteworthy arts institute in the area including the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the University of Maryland Theatre of Arts. An award-winning artist, independent emcee, actor, poet and host, Brown is an active board member, mentor and owner of Unique Extremes, a creative consulting company.

Aug. 29: DJ 2-Tone Jones

DJ 2-Tone Jones epitomizes the crate-digging DJs from back in the day. This international DJ has rocked parties from London to Lebanon. A member of Sound of the City, he has provided tracks for for over eight years, 2-Tone has served as a resident DJ and co-host on WPFW 89.3 FM in D.C. He also co-hosts a progressive music show called “Capitol Ill.”

Sept. 26: Closing Cypher and Celebration

Artist lineup to be announced

Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s...

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