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Friday, February 26, 2021

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Summit Welcome & Opening Remarks

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Welcome to the We Will Rise Summit! 

Join us for opening remarks by Simone A. Francis, Assistant Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Student Engagement, to honor the land our Berklee Boston campus resides upon, welcome community members to the summit experience, and learn more about this year's Black History Celebrations. 

This opening features a wonderful performance by Berklee College of Music student, Romarna Campbell.


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Black Lives Matter: A Worldwide Moment of Reckoning

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The Black Lives Matter movement, although originally founded in the US in 2013, has propelled worldwide in the last few years in an aim to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities. The realities of  “combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy”  (*) are however intrinsically linked to the geographical location; and the political, economic and social structures ruling in those countries. 

Join this panel of international speakers, including journalist Moha Gerehou (Spain), DJ & music business professor, Akua Afram (UK) and musical artist Ann Shirley (Cameroon) as they share their personal and professional views on the present and future of this worldwide moment of reckoning.  

This session is moderated by Chris Wade, Global Entertainment & Music Business '14, who is currently the Director of Creator Force and an Adjunct Instructor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

*Black Lives Matter website

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[NEW] Thelonious Monk and Erroll Garner Vs Columbia Records: How Black Musicians Fought Exploitation and Corporate Power

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This session explores the history of the exploitation of Black musicians by looking at the experiences of two iconic, presumably successful, pianists/composers and their ongoing battles with the most powerful recording company in the United States.  By following the money, we discover that Monk and Garner took two very different paths — one chose to stay within the corporate fold, the other choosing to break free and launch an independent label. Together, we will examine the consequences of such choices, economically, aesthetically, politically and emotionally.

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Yoga for Zoomers

Ease your neck, shoulders, and lower back with gentle postures that help release the tension, strain, and tightness of computer workstation fatigue. 

Materials needed: Chair, Blocks (or Books), Yoga Yune Up Ball (or Tennis Ball)

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We Will Rise Conversation Series with Ellice Patterson

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If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." -Toni Morrison

Join Founder and Executive/Artistic Director of Abilities Dance Boston, Ellice Patterson, in discussion with Boston Conservatory at Berklee's Assistant Professor of Dance, Marianne Harkless Diabate, for an engaging conversation about empowerment and healing through dance. Learn about Ellice's journey in writing a book that had yet to be written using the modality of dance, and the intersectional nature of Ellice's work to break barriers and reframe conceptualizations of race, gender, and disability. 

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Black Artists and the Soul of Our Music: A Virtual Performance

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Join us for a virtual performance celebrating and honoring Black artists, while reflecting on Black history to move towards an empowered future. Ensemble and Dance faculty Tia Fuller, Ruka White, and Val Jeanty, will draw on inspiration from gospel, soul, jazz, and dance showcasing the talents of Berklee's Black student community. Hear reflections from the Black student organizations on campus and leaders Lacretia Johnson Flash and Kenn Brass.

Along with hosts Prince Charles Alexander and Simone A. Francis, this event will educate, heal, and empower through words, dance, and music. Audience members are invited to attend this free virtual performance featuring Black artists of today and tomorrow!

Saturday, February 27, 2021

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Social Hour + Opening Remarks

Welcome to the We Will Rise Summit - Day Two! 

Join us at the social hour to mingle! Depending on where you are in the world, bring a breakfast, lunch, or dinner beverage and snack. Towards the end of the social hour, we will honor the land our Berklee Boston campus resides upon, welcome community members to the summit experience, and hear reflections from Associate Director for Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Jasmine Parker.

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We Will Rise Conversation Series with Bryan Terrell Clark

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Join actor, singer, songwriter, and producer Bryan Terrell Clark in discussion with Boston Conservatory at Berklee's Assistant Professor of Theater, Pascale Florestal, for an interactive and engaging exploration of Black identity in theatre, television, and the music industry. Listen to Bryan discuss his experiences on Broadway in iconic hits such as Hamilton and Motown: The Musical, while learning about his career journey, various entrepreneurial pursuits, and his personal commitment to social change and activist work.

Bryan asks you to come in, ready to be real. This is a space to process and unpack our humanity and truths together - without judgment - giving voice to the hard questions and new realities of the time.

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Yoga for Zoomers

Ease your neck, shoulders, and lower back with gentle postures that help release the tension, strain, and tightness of computer workstation fatigue. 

Materials needed: Chair, Blocks (or Books), Yoga Yune Up Ball (or Tennis Ball)

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We Will Rise Conversation Series with Anthony R. Green & Ashleigh Gordon

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Join the co-founders of Castle of Our Skins, Anthony R. Green and Ashleigh Gordon, in discussion with Boston Conservatory at Berklee's Chair of Composition, Contemporary Music, and Core Studies, Jonathan Bailey Holland, for a timely discussion on celebrating Black artistry through music. Learn about how Castle of Our Skins utilizes music to explore the histories of unsung and celebrated figures, and illustrate the breadth and depth of Black culture through intergenerational and interdisciplinary offerings. 

Anthony and Ashleigh will offer insight into their unique approaches to advocate for social change and engage with social justice work across the globe. 

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We Will Rise Conversation Series with Aysha Upchurch

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Join Aysha Upchurch in conversation with Berklee College of Music's Assistant Chair of Ensembles, Queen D. Scott, for an authentic and vibrant discussion about utilizing your passion for radical change. Learn about Aysha and the many hats she wears as a dancer, choreographer, educator, entrepreneur, and consultant, in addition to what it means to be D.Ø.P.E. - dismantling oppression, pushing education - through hip hop, performance art, and innovative creation and design.

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Exploring the Nuances with Black Student Leaders at Berklee

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Join Black student leaders Ashley Pointer, Steph Davis, Stephanie Boolean, and Ariana Stanberry for an invigorating moderated discussion with alumna Amy Onyonyi (‘20, BCB Voice Performance), exploring important and nuanced topics including Black identity, community, and creativity, the impact of -isms and monolithic narratives, and the pursuit of an arts-based career.

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Closing Session: We Will Rise Student Showcase

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Join us at the We Will Rise Summit Closing Session to celebrate Berklee student performers and their artistry at the We Will Rise Student Showcase. Select student performers Jasmine Forrest, Marlon Solomon, Jacob Conley, Taylor Deneen, Funder, and Jordan Pearson, will each introduce a select performance piece made in response to our current social times.