Day three found us loving every minute of our #RMC2017 experience. Our first session of the day, “How To Build Your Personal Brand in Corporate America,” was led by one of our favorites, Gail Mitchell from Billboard. Mitchell’s Q&A with Bozoma St. John, Chief Brand Officer for Uber, was an open conversation on the importance of self-love, self-confidence and authenticity. Boz emphatically urged attendees to be our true selves and bring what is uniquely us to the room. Bottom line, be the “molecule that changes the matter.”
Next up, and arguably the most lit panel of the weekend, was “Hip Hop vs. Trump.” The panel consisted of David Banner, Reverend Shane R. Smith, Datwon Thomas, Rob Kenner, Vanessa Satten, Karen Civil, Shaheem Reid, Mysonne, Joey Bada$$ and T.I. moderated by Jeff Johnson. What ensued was a powerfully relevant and timely discussion of leadership, collaboration, the artist’s role and economic partnering to address the plight of our people in the age of "Agent Orange" as T.I. so eloquently described 45. Johnson did an outstanding job moderating this panel and getting the myriad of audience questions answered.
It was only fitting that we wrapped up the sessions with a "State of the Union" address from Diddy himself who field questions from Kenny Burns and fans across social media. His earnest and thoughtful sharing of the lessons, both painful and profound, learned on his journey from Harlem to king of Combs Enterprises and his personal growth along the way was some of the realest wisdom dropped and fodder for many a conversation for attendees that night and for years to come as we go “get the bag.”
The Gala Dinner and Award Presentation was the icing on the cake of the 2017 Revolt Music Conference. The recipient of this year's Jimmy Iovine Icon Award was Queen Latifah, and Diddy and Andre Harrell presented a heartfelt celebration of Queen and her achievements in music, film, business and philanthropy. Radiant as ever, she was truly deserving of this honor and a who's who in entertainment was on hand to show her love, including Monica, Fab 5 Freddy and STAR co-stars Quincy and Ryan Destiny who both co-hosted the gala event. SoulBounce faves Daniel Caesar and SZA saluted Queen in song with brief performances throughout the night but it was Ms. Lauryn Hill who set the stage on fire with her massive finale. Ms. Hill performed songs from the Fugees' catalog to her solo hits and sounded like she did in her prime, effortlessly flowing back and forth between singing and rapping. It was when she performed a medley of Queen Latifah classics that she tore the ballroom down, however, and put an exclamation mark on the conference.
REVOLT promotes the REVOLT Music Conference as “where the music industry’s influential come to network, learn, and discover fresh, emerging talent.” If you are an entrepreneur, established or up-and-coming artist, producer, filmmaker, media personality, et cetera, then the RMC is the place for you. The conference is geared toward hip-hop, but the content is relevant across genres and the connections attendees make are priceless. So, start saving your coins now, the 2018 REVOLT Music Conference next October could be the break you have been waiting for.
This was our first time at RMC, but it definitely won't be our last. We learned so much, met some talented creatives, partied like soulcialites and soaked up all the #BlackExcellence around us like the Florida sunshine. Thank you to our host Cadillac for an amazing weekend.