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Elevating: 20 Years of Arts and Activism



A Conversation with April R. Silver 
Moderated by Curtis Stephen

Award-winning journalist CURTIS STEPHEN sits down with social entrepreneur, activist, writer APRIL R. SILVER to discuss her 20th anniversary as head of AKILA WORKSONGS, one of the leading communications agencies of its kind in the country. Over the years, Ms. Silver's clientele has ranged from multibillion dollar philanthropic foundations and high-profile clients to grassroots social justice organizations and indie artists. She will talk candidly about her groundbreaking successes, her many failures, and how she's managed to be her own boss while pursing her passions.

Stephen will uncover secrets from the woman who first popularized arts and activism, created Put On BLAST!®, and co-founded (at Howard University) the nation's first hip hop conference, the foundation of hip hop education today. 

Special guest commentators and a Q&A session will follow the dialogue. 

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