Category Archives: Event

Larenz Tate and Erica Ash to Host 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards

Larenz Tate and Erica Ash will host the 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, an exciting night of inspiration, history and crowd-rousing performances celebrating African-American achievements and contributions. The gala black-tie ceremony will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 and will world premiere nationwide on Bounce on Sun. Feb. 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Bounce, the fastest-growing African-American network on television, now exclusively owns, produces and telecasts the star-studded event, rebranded this year as the Bounce Trumpet Awards. Honorees, performers, and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit for more information.


The Eighth Annual American Beatbox Championships to Hit Brooklyn Bazaar on November 10th

On November 10, 11 and 12 the Eighth Annual American Beatbox Championships will take place at the Brooklyn Bazaar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The elimination tournament features participants of all ages and attracts millions of views on YouTube and the event’s Livestream.

This year’s event will be co-hosted by World Champion Kaila Mullady and 2016 American Champion Mark Martin. There will be showcases from expert international beatboxers including The Beatbox House and the competition’s three judges; 3X Chinese Champion Zhang Ze2X French Champion Alexinhoand former 2X American Champ & current Vice World Champion NaPoM. There will be performances from the legendary Marley Marl and two-time Grammy winner Rahzel who will receive the first annual ABC Lifetime Achievement Award. The battles will begin with open eliminations on Saturday and conclude Sunday when competitors in the Solo, Loop Station, & 2V2 categories determine who will take home $2,500 in cash prizes (courtesy of Speechless Records) and the “Golden Mic” trophies. Attend the event or view via Livestream to witness the cutting edge of the human voice. A more detailed schedule of events can be found at the ABC’s Facebook event page.

Buy Tickets for Event or Livestream here.

Register To Battle here.

Watch the Vice documentary about American Beatbox Championship Event Co-Founders Kaila Mullady and Mark Martin here and here.



Rapsody’s Wisdom Is Power Tour

Rapsody’s Laila’s Wisdom is still new and it is her first Roc Nation release. She just appeared in BET’s all-woman cypher and now she is going on the road with her Wisdom Is Power tour. Jamla artist GQ will support her on the 15 U.S. dates that will begin at the end of this month in Santa Ana, California. Tickets for the tour are on sale now.


Afropunk Collaborates With Vintage Zionist For South African Fashion Debut

Afropunk has teamed-up with South Africa’s Vintage Zionist clothing brand to debut their fashion collection. The pieces were unveiled during SA Fashion Week A18. Designers Oscar Ncube and Mandy Newman created the collection that reflects the Afropunk aesthetic through the usage of piercings of African tribesmen and women,  slogans and distressed tees.

The clothing will go on sale in Johannesburg at Afropunk Joberg December 30-31st. The festival takes place at Constitution Hill and the lineup includes Solange, Spoek Mathambo, Black Motion, Theo Parrish and more. Tickets are on sale now.



Raphael Saadiq Added To Band Together Bay Area Benefit

Photo By Cameron Robert

Raphael Saadiq will perform in the Band Together benefit concert for North Bay Wildfire Relief. Saadiq is an Oakland, California native and he states,

“Happy to the part of the sublime roster of hardened musical talent; united to benefit those who lost so much in the wildfires. It’s a privilege to help heal through the power of music.  I am bringing all my soul. Hope to see everyone there.”

Saadiq never rests on his legendary status and has been busy the last year. He executive-produced Solange’s A Seat At The Table and is the composer for HBO’s Insecure. This past summer he appeared with Maxwell on a few tour dates and made an appearance with A Tribe Called Quest at FYF Fest. Saadiq also produced Little Dragon’s “Peace Of Mind Feat. Faith Evans.”

 The Band Together benefit takes place November 9th at AT&T Park and tickets can be purchased here.