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Co-presented with Hi-ARTs
215 East 99th Street
New York, NY 10029
Using the knowledge gained from twenty years of hosting Cyphers, Hip Hop Ambassador and MC Toni Blackman partners with 651 ARTS to bring The Cypher Summit to life. From intergenerational pre-summit conversations, to master workshops with Diggin’ in the Crates Crew founding member Diamond D and renowned vocalist Jeremiah Abiah, to a classic vibe session, this gathering provides a platform for the Hip Hop community to flow, freestyle and define itself. Blending culture with the commercial, entertainment with the arts, this innovative event will be live streamed and connect to cities across the U.S. and the world. We challenge you to Believe in the Cypher.
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Toni Blackman, the first Hip Hop artist invited to work as a Cultural Ambassador with the U.S. Department of State, is currently a teaching artist at Carnegie Hall. Creator of Freestyle Union and Rhyme like a Girl, Toni was a 2012 DOVE Real Woman Honoree. She has shared stages with the likes of Erykah Badu, Mos Def, the Roots, KRS One, Vernon Reid, Meshell, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Onaje Allan Gumbs, and Youssou Ndour. Featured in Forbes Magazine, on CENTRIC television, MTV, VH1, and on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Toni is the world’s leading expert on Cyphers. She releases her new book Wisdom of the Cypher in early 2016 along with BELIEVE, the first installment in the Meditation Mixtape Series. Toni has spoken and/or led workshops everywhere from the Kennedy Center to Harvard, NBC Universal, the World Social Forum, Spelman College to the Juilliard School and the Smithsonian.
Diamond D is a legendary Hip Hop producer and MC from the Bronx and founding member of DITC - Diggin in the Crates Crew. He’s worked with the Fugees, Outkast, Busta Rhymes, KRS One, Fat Joe, Brand Nubian, Mos Def, House of Pain, Natalie Cole, Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price….and others. Diamond D will be featured in 360 Conversations with Toni Blackman via a Google Hangout where participants can send in questions. This production genius will share his insights on what MC’s need to know when it comes to choosing the right beats for their voice, putting together a great Hip Hop song and share his opinions on the craft of emceeing.
Jeremiah Abiah has worked with the likes of Kem, Heather Headley, Shanice and Rachelle Ferrell. With a multi-octave voice and classical training, Abiah has sung all over the world and even performed at Carnegie Hall. As a writer/composer he has worked with many of the greats but he shares his brilliance as a master voice teacher with the Cypher Summit in a ground-breaking vocal workshop for MC’s and spoken word artists.
Jessica Lynne and DéLana R.A. Dameron reflect on ways they make a home, creatively, wherever they are.