Location: Convention Center
900 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70130
THURSDAY, JULY 3
DJ Hektik - THE MUSIC-MIX MONARCH. This renowned turntablist has a vast track record of successful mix-cd compilations both independently and in collaboration beside a host of accomplished American-Southern recording artists. DJ Hektik is a well-respected authority on blending and breaking in hits including New Orleans' distinct “Brass” and bourgeoning “Bounce” music. Not only is DJ Hektik a showman but also a motivational example of hope; dedicated to the artistic and cultural landscape of schools & youth throughout communities. Particularly to his merit, DJ Hektik is featured on exhibit as Music Ambassador with the New Orleans Society of Dance at the Presbytere; Louisiana State Museum.
Edith Johns has amassed decades of knowledge navigating school systems in and surrounding Los Angeles, California to ensure educational excellence for her son, David J. Johns, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, daughter Melinda Johns, an optician and granddaughter Jordyn Stone a 6th grader. A fierce advocate for access to high quality educational opportunities, Ms. Johns was born in Austin, Texas, attended Northridge University, and currently resides in Inglewood, California.
After seven Mary Mary albums and a lifetime (plus 13 years of professionally singing) with sister Tina, Erica released her debut solo album HELP in 2014, a compelling impressive body of work that is both passionate and meaningful. In addition to her debut; Erica stars in her hit WEtv reality show “Mary Mary,” which is in its third season and continues to travel with Mary Mary. Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell broke through in 2000 with the pioneering hit “Shackles (Praise You).” Mary Mary has earned numerous Stellar Music & Dove Awards; and 4 Grammy Awards, 3 NAACP Image Awards, 2 American Music Awards, a Soul Train Award and a BET Award.(Also see Erica Campbell perform during the Yolanda Adams Gosepel Tribute on Sunday, July 6 at 5:10PM)
Lucia K. McBath is the mother of Jordan Davis who, at the age of 17, was shot and killed at Gate Gas Station in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23, 2012. Lucia is the national spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. In her work as a gun safety advocate, she has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and Georgia and Florida State Legislature Committee Hearings. Lucia has been employed by Delta Airlines In-Flight Service for 30 years.