Premiering on BRIC Radio and BRIC TV in February 2024, Back To Reading Credits is a 6-episode podcast and video series honoring the past and future of Hip-Hop Culture. On the show, BRIC president Wes Jackson speaks with scholars, artists, executives and thought leaders who have and continue to shape the look, feel, and energy of Hip-Hop Culture.
Back To Reading Credits:Episode 2 features Sophia Chang, a visionary who has managed legendary Hip-Hop artists like Ol’ Dirty Bastard (RIP), RZA, GZA, D’Angelo, Raphael Saadiq, Q Tip, and A Tribe Called Quest. Ms. Chang has also worked with Paul Simon. We invite you to be part of the audience where you’ll get to mix, mingle, and connect with like-minded folks in the culture.
Stay for the after party where we’ll be celebrating with a special set by DJ Hongo1. Though the late legendary Hip Hop producer J Dilla, Jay Dee, James Yancey’s birthday is on February 7th, it’s never too late to celebrate the music and life of the seminal beat maker. As a special touch to an already special night DJ Hongo1 (Love Trunk NYC) will be playing a special 1 hour J Dilla tribute set.
Plus, get inspired by BRIC President Wes Jackson as he speaks about his journey and the importance of uplifting and honoring the unsung heroines of Rap. Free Beer Tasting by Brooklyn Brewery.
This event is part of BRIC Hip-Hop Weekend (Feb. 8-10, 2024). Learn more about the entire weekend HERE.
3. Unlock Her Potential
4. The Baddest Bitch in the Room
Sophia’s Liner Notes: About, Part I
Sophia Chang is a public speaker, life/career guide, screenwriter and author who is developing numerous TV properties, including a scripted series based on her Audible memoir “The Baddest Bitch In The Room.” She founded Unlock Her Potential, a program that provides free mentorship for women of color which brags such mentors as Pamela Adlon, Sarah Harden/CEO of Hello Sunshine, Jim Jarmusch, Michael Mann, and several CEOs. She is the Executive Director of ImpactMENtorship, a program that provides free mentorship for men of color founded by actor, hip hop artist, and philanthropist Joey Bada$$.
Sophia’s Liner Notes: About, Part II
As the first Asian woman in hip hop, the music business matriarchitect managed Ol’ Dirty Bastard (RIP), RZA, GZA, D’Angelo, Raphael Saadiq, Q Tip, and A Tribe Called Quest as well as working with Paul Simon. Her work at record labels included marketing at Atlantic, A&R at Jive, A&R Administration and Operations at Universal Music Group, as well as serving as General Manager of RZA’s Razor Sharp Records, Cinematic Music Group, and Joey Bada$$’ Pro Era Records.
Sophia’s Liner Notes: About, Part III
She trained with and managed a Shaolin Monk, who became her partner and father of her children. She produced major runway shows for Vivienne Tam and “Project Runway All Stars,” was an account executive at a digital agency, and did business development at a cannabis company. Sophia appeared in Showtime’s documentary “Wu-Tang: Of Mics and Men,” Netflix documentary series “Hip Hop Evolution,” and was the subject of an episode of Hulu’s “Defining Moments.
1. The Alchemist
2. Brooklyn Bodega
3. Education is Key
4. Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
Wes’ Liner Notes: About, Part I
Wes Jackson has over 25 years of experience as a leader, entrepreneur, innovator, creative and executive in entertainment and academia. Wes has been leading BRIC, a pioneering, multi-disciplinary arts and media institution anchored in downtown Brooklyn, as its President since July 2022.
Wes’ Liner Notes: About, Part II
BRIC’s programs include the free, summer-long BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! festival whose 46th season kicks off this summer; the New York Emmy Award-winning BRIC TV, whose programming includes acclaimed original scripted series and hyper-local news stories and documentaries; Brooklyn Free Speech TV, a leading public access television network; a major contemporary art exhibition program; BRIC JazzFest, which brings global legends and emerging artists in jazz to Brooklyn each October; family programs; and more. BRIC’s nationally recognized school-based arts and media education program reaches thousands of NYC public school students each year.
Wes’ Liner Notes: About, Part III
Prior to starting at BRIC, Jackson was the Director of the Business of Creative Enterprises (BCE) Program and Senior Executive In Residence at Emerson College. His career began as a concert producer, which led him to his first venture, Seven Heads Entertainment, and later to found and lead the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.
BRIC Hip-Hop is an evergreen home for the education, expression, and evolution of Hip-Hop. Expanding beyond our BRIC headquarters in Brooklyn, our programming pushes against boundaries of time and space, providing full-circle access to exchanges that bridge ideas with incubation and drive Hip-Hop culture forward.
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.
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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.