8th Annual BRIC Media Maker Weekend: AI-volution | Day 1, Oct. 27

4:30pm – 9:30pm

Event Info

BRIC Media Maker Weekend: AI-volution: A New Era of Innovation & Disruption will be a two-day event featuring career-enhancing workshops, networking mixers, and an epic ’90s inspired hip-hop after party that everyone will be talking about.

What’s the hot topic for 2023? Artificial Intelligence (AI), of course! AI-volution: A New Era of Innovation & Disruption will delve into the transformative impact of AI on the media industry and how it will potentially reshape or eliminate hundreds of media careers and opportunities as we know them today. BRIC Hip-Hop 50 is being celebrated all year long. You’ll see elements of hip-hop sprinkled throughout the entire weekend as we celebrate the 50th birthday of the game-changing genre.

Why you should attend!
You’re going to have a great time and make valuable career connections. Also, at BRIC we treat every guest like the star that we know they are.

Held at BRIC House, our 40,000 sq. ft. premier event and media space in the heart of the downtown Brooklyn cultural district, BRIC Media Maker Weekend is sure to exceed your expectations with varying taste, entertainment, and transportation options just a short walk away. Since 2015, BRIC Media Maker Weekend has served as a creative outlet and community resource for creators and artists in NYC, and beyond. So, what are you waiting for?




7 – 8:30 PM, 1st Floor: The Ballroom

We are beyond proud to announce that Datwon Thomas, Editor-In-Chief of VIBE and Vice President of Cultural Media for MRC will be the keynote speaker for BRIC Media Maker Weekend 2023.

As we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop, Mr. Thomas’s profound expertise and remarkable journey as a voice for the culture will illuminate the vital role hip-hop plays in shaping media today and into the future.

No matter where you stand on your professional path, whether you’re an intern or a business owner, Datwon Thomas’s story is bound to ignite your spirit. As an immensely accomplished journalist, wordsmith extraordinaire, captivating voiceover artist, discerning editor, trailblazing entrepreneur, and visionary trailblazer, Datwon hasn’t just broken barriers but has graciously held the door open for others to follow.

Datwon served as Editor-in-Chief for XXL Magazine, Global Grind, and is the founder of King Magazine and Rides Magazine. His stature as a cultural amplifier is a testament to the boundless possibilities that await those who dare to dream and take bold steps towards their aspirations.




Superchief Gallery NFT Exhibition & Experience
3:30 – 9:30 PM, 1st Floor: The Swing Space
Immerse yourself in the world of NFTs and cutting-edge technology at the Superchief Gallery NFT x BRIC Table. Guided by the expert, Mike REHAB, you’ll delve into the intricacies of NFTs and explore his firsthand experience with Web 3, AR, and AI technologies.

This immersive journey is tailored to your interests, offering a personalized exploration of these transformative technologies. Learn, witness live demonstrations, and discover how Web 3, AR, and AI can shape the future. Don’t miss your chance to step into the future of digital innovation at the Superchief Gallery NFT x BRIC Table. Join us for an unforgettable experience.

Superchief Gallery NFT Artists: Mike REHAB and Valerie Viard


Street Photography: Hip-Hop Tour Edition
3:30 – 5 PM, 1st Floor: The Artist Studio + Outdoors
Learn on-the-fly composition techniques + photograph some of the most important hip-hop related landmarks on this extra special, bonus walking tour.

Guest Speaker: Antonio Rosario


Alternatives To Adobe
4 – 5:30 PM, 2nd Floor: BRIC Media Center | The Media Lab
Learn alternatives to Adobe’s popular four applications: Premiere, Photoshop, After Effects, and Audition.

Guest Speaker: Leo Jimenez


Jazzie Belle’s Journey: From Public Access To Podcast Superstar
The Hip-Hop Barbara Walters
5:30 – 6:30 PM, 1st Floor: The Stoop

Jazzie Belle, host of Revolt TV’s Women In Hip-Hop Podcast, discusses the evolution of her acclaimed career. In this special discussion, Jazzie talks about her journey as a media maker, taking her from her native Detroit, to being a community producer at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, collaborator with Wendy Williams to her own podcast.

Special Guest: Jazzie Belle, REVOLT TV. Moderator: Matthew Allen


Art & Algorithms: Navigating AI’s Impact
5:30 – 6:30 PM, 2nd Floor: BRIC Media Center | TV Studio A
This thought-provoking panel discussion brings together artists, technologists, and cultural leaders to explore the impact AI is having on creators.

Guest Speakers:

  • Amy Andrieux, Executive Director + Chief Curator, MoCADA
  • Kim Marshall, Wilson Marshall PR
  • Atiba Edwards, Acting President & CEO, Brooklyn Children’s Museum


Exploring Augmented Reality
6 – 7 PM, 2nd Floor: BRIC Media Center | The Media Lab
In this immersive session, you will delve into the captivating world of augmented reality (AR) and discover how this cutting-edge technology is revolutionizing the way we interact with media. Get hands-on with AR technology as you explore interactive demos and experiment with AR tools and applications.

Guest Speaker: Daniel, The Visceral Glitch


How to Create a Pitch Deck
6 – 7 PM, 2nd Floor: BRIC Media Center | TV Studio B
This interactive workshop will guide you through the process of crafting a persuasive and visually engaging pitch deck that captures attention, tells your story, and conveys your message effectively.

Guest Speaker: Laura Catana



Datwon Thomas, Editor-In-Chief, VIBE
7 – 8:30 PM, 1st Floor: The Ballroom
Datwon Thomas is the keynote speaker for the 2023 BRIC Media Maker Weekend. The founder of King Magazine and the current Editor-in-Chief of VIBE will deliver an engaging address as he discusses the ins and outs of hip-hop journalism and entrepreneurship.


Keynote Mixer

8:30 – 9:30 PM, 1st Floor: BRIC Café / The Stoop
Description: After an inspiring and thought-provoking keynote presentation, the excitement doesn’t have to end there. Our post-keynote audience mixer offers you the perfect opportunity to unwind, mingle, and engage in stimulating conversation with fellow attendees, speakers, and thought leaders.


Antonio Rosario


Stephen "ILLFLIX" Edwards (Event Photographer)

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Eric Tippenhauer (Motion Graphics Designer)

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Leon Taylor

BRIC Media Maker Weekend Sponsors & Partners

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647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Venue Info

BRIC House is Brooklyn’s cultural living room: a 40,000 square foot multi-disciplinary arts and media complex where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse communities of the borough.

COVID-19 policy: Attendees of any BRIC House programming do not have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter the building. Masks are encouraged but not required in all BRIC operated spaces. To learn more, visit:


The main floor of BRIC House has an accessible entrance on Rockwell Place, in addition to an accessible, all-gender bathroom. The BRIC Media Center, located on the 2nd floor, is accessible via elevator. The Gallery level is accessible via a wheelchair lift. Portable FM assistive listening devices are available for programs on the Stoop and in the Ballroom upon request. To make a specific access request, or to let us know other ways we can provide you with a welcoming experience, please contact Benno Orlinsky at [email protected] or (718) 683-5637.

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