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The Business of Black Music

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In honor of Black Music Month, Weeksville Heritage Center is elated to announce our next community conversation, The Business of Black Music!

Join us on June 6th as we gather to discuss the state of Black music, our presence across all genres, and the impact of the digital era on the music industry. Get a behind-the-scenes peek into the making of the soundtrack to our lives through our esteemed panel of industry insiders.



Richardine Bartree has worked to build a bankable and valuable network for more than a decade. Known for building two brands,GRUNGECAKEand now a personal brand, Richardine is considered one of the most resourceful, trustworthy, and knowledgeable people in New York City. Richardine’s access isn’t limited to music, as she has relations with the fashion, tech, design, culinary, beauty, and business worlds. Born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, Richardine’s poise and worldview derive from a diverse upbringing. She understands the fundamental cognitive orientation of an individual and applies it.

As a journalist, she has interviewed and written thousands of articles about influential and notable people over the years for multiple publications. Due to her ability to discover and connect with aspiring artists before they are mainstream acts, this season, she was summoned to A&R for a SONY division company (Red Label). Richardine’s peers recognize her vision and artist development expertise. She’s been called the ‘last ear’. Above all else, Richardine is friendly. She is an open and honest communicator, great problem solver, passionate and is self-motivated.

Rachel Hislop is a New York City native, a writer, an editor and a digital professional. She currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief and and has previously served as Digital Content Manager for Parkwood Entertainment—themanagement company founded by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter—where she spearheaded digital content and social media strategy everything from the self-titled album cycle and visual opus Lemonade to The Formation World Tour and On The Run Tour. A prominent media voice, she held the position of Style Editor at Global Grind from February 2013-March 2014, and has also written for the likes of Nylon, Refinery 29, Paris-based WAD Magazine, and Heat Free Hair Blog.

Tiara Hargave is a Beyoncé stan, accomplished media professional and lively podcast host in that order. With over a decade of experience in the media and entertainment industry, Tiara has supported leading companies such as Bad Boy Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Red Bull, and Sony Music Entertainment. She co-hosts The Oprah Rose Podcast, a show created to empower and inspire women through shared experiences and laughs along the way. Tiara hails from Baltimore and graduated from Howard University with a degree in Journalism. She currently resides in New York.

Twelve45 is a New York based DJ/Producer. Known for her smooth transitions and blends, she believes a great mix reveals a special space where artists share the same musical frequency. A former mathematics teacher with a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, Twelve45 enjoys relating to students through their passion for music. Through the non-profit Building Beats she has been able to support students through their creative process and further their skills both in music and life. Her DJ talents have taken her to New York staples like Friends & Lovers, Trophy Bar, Kinfolk, Ace Hotel and Joe's Pub. She was also one of the featured DJs at Essence's Street Style Block Party. Using music as her medium, Twelve45 aims to share a body of work that is both entertaining and edifying.

Danielle McDowell is a passionate and creative digital marketer with over seven years of music industry experience. She got her start as an intern at Def Jam during her freshman year of college and has since worked at Music World Entertainment, Music Choice, and now Columbia Records, where she is a Digital Marketing Director. She currently oversees digital and social media strategy for a roster of artists, including but not limited to Solange, Chloe x Halle, Remy Ma, Ayo & Teo and more. She's been involved in album roll-outs for some of the biggest artists, including Beyonce, Adele, and J. Cole, but equally enjoys helping to break new artists and shaping their presence online.

Chanel Auguste, a Brooklyn native has had a career in music and entertainment which has spanned over 15 years, working across many verticals, including radio and video promotion, music licensing, sports marketing and brand partnerships. Currently as International Marketing Manager at Sony Music, she oversees global marketing strategies for Epic Records and works with artists including Camila Cabello, French Montana, Yo Gotti and more. A globetrotter at heart, Chanel is continuously inspired and excited by the ever changing landscape of the music and media business. Aside from her growing career as a music executive, Chanel is also the founder of her own initiative where she serves as she's also the Executive Producer and Director of Across Roads, an un-released documentary about Hip Hop's influence and impact on other countries.