Recap: 14th Trinity International Hip Hop Festival

Hartford, Connecticut, April 11, 2019 – Peace, Love, Unity, and Safely Having Fun is the motto of the annual Trinity International Hip Hop Festival. The 14th installment took place the weekend of March 28 through 31, bringing together artists, educators, scholars, organizers, students, alumni, and fans from around the world. To this day, it remains the biggest and longest-running festival of its kind hosted by a U.S. college or university, due in large part to the work and dedication of the Trinity Chapter of Temple of Hip Hop.

On Thursday, March 28, hip hop activist Harry Allen (a.k.a. “the Media Assassin”) kicked off the festival with a riveting photograph-centric lecture on his personal relationships with members of the legendary hip hop group, Public Enemy, during the 1980s. It was a lecture that addressed artistic self-determination, colleges as early incubation spaces for hip hop music, and the history of beat production technology. More than 50 people were in attendance, including 20 high school students from the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy. Later in the evening was the Iron Poets Opening & Open Mic, with special guest performances from the percussionist duo Puertominicana (Hartford) and spoken word artist Deneka Thomas (Trinidad & Tobago).

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