July 15, 2018
New York City
This summer in New York City, we’ll be producing a series of events as part of SummerStage. Five SummerStage VOICES programs will feature contemporary artists and authors who will use events and words from our nation’s history as inspiration for new discussions. The series will culminate in Central Park on August 28 with live readings, dialogue, music, and celebration with very special guests. By giving public expression to rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past—and present—SummerStage and VOICES seek to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice.
Join us on Sunday, July 15, 2018 when MC Dres of Black Sheep will be hosting a pre-show Voices of A People’s History Workshop before the performance.
In late 1980s New York, some of hip-hop’s most iconic influences came together as a collective called Native Tongues. Founded by the trailblazing experimentalists Jungle Brothers, the group included the likes of De La Soul and Queen Latifah. Thirty years later, the Jungle Brothers and Kool DJ Red Alert, one of the most important disc jockeys and tastemakers to shape hip-hop, are continuing to inspire legions of new artists, including the exceptionally talented young DJ KOOL Flash. They’re joined by another force of nature, the ferocious MC O.C., who hails from Bushwick.