With everything going on in the world right now — from the upcoming presidential election to the global pandemic — staying focused and navigating life as “normal” as possible can get tough. Wouldn’t it be nice to take a moment and join others like you in need of a weekend to recharge? REVOLT thinks so.
More than ever before, hip-hop is being used as an agent for change, activism and community, fostering important conversations about what matters most. That’s why the Annual REVOLT Summit presented by AT&T is back Oct. 23-25 with the mission of motivating tomorrow’s Black and brown movers and shakers. However, unlike 2019’s viral event, this year’s festivities are entirely virtual and free of charge, offering a chance for youth everywhere to live out the 2020 Summit’s theme: The World Is Yours.
“The goal of the REVOLT Summit is to empower and inspire the next generation of leaders,” explains REVOLT Media & TV Chairman Sean “Diddy” Combs in a recent press release. “Last year we had huge success in Atlanta and Los Angeles, and this year we are opening up the REVOLT Summit to the world. This is a pivotal moment in history, and we are bringing together the best minds in entertainment, political activism and business to share their experiences, educate and motivate our community.”
Adding to Combs’ sentiments, REVOLT Media & TV COO Detavio Samuels says, “As we face a critical moment in our history, it’s more important than ever that we create an experience anchored in empowering the next generation of cultural leaders and elevating the Black community globally.”
“We recognize the value of Black-owned businesses and continue to put resources towards initiatives that focus on fostering economic growth and innovations within the communities we serve,” says AT&T Chief Diversity Officer Corey Anthony. He went on to further explain why the company signed on as the title sponsor, “now more than ever before, it’s imperative for communities of color to bring our voices together and lead our future generations to success.”
Among the Summit’s three days of live programming includes the Be Heard music competition hosted by Ne-Yo, a digital career fair, expert masterclasses, insightful panels, interactive workshops, the return of AT&T Office Hours, celebrity appearances, musical performances by guests such as rapper 2 Chainz and much more.
DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS:
The Verzuz Effect panel moderated by Heather Lowery featuring Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, Larry Jackson, Fadia Kader and Ingrid Best.
Navigating 2020 panel moderated by Jemele Hill featuring Bubba Wallace, Super Duper Kyle and Justin Laboy.
DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS:
HBCU Performance with appearances by 2 Chainz, Rick Ross and LightSkinKeisha.
Hip Hop as a Platform to Design the Future moderated by Baron Davis featuring T-Pain, The Game, Jewel Burks Solomon and Iddris Sandu.
DAY 3 HIGHLIGHTS:
Vote or Die workshop moderated by Van Lathan featuring Killer Mike, Jeff Johnson and DeRay Mckesson.
Reform workshop moderated by Van Lathan featuring Corey Jacobs, Brittney Barnett, Dascha Polanco and Trae tha Truth.
Yet, if you’re eager to tune in now, REVOLT recently debuted its digital series co-produced by musician and actress Teyana Taylor titled, “THE WORLD IS YOURS.” Get ready and count down the days with episodes of pre-Summit content storying the journeys of three rising talents including: musician/actress Ryan Destiny, eyewear designers Coco & Breezy, and American-Indian rapper Raja Kumari.
For the full event schedule and more info leading up to the main event, make sure to download the official REVOLT SUMMIT app.