The Mill Rap Session is a conversation series launched to discuss the unique experience of BIPOC Creatives. The ability to express one’s identity in their work can be considered the foundation for create meaningful art. As Jean-Michel Basquiat once said, “I am not a black artist; I am an artist.” Well, how much should one’s identity influence how they approach creating? Our kickoff Rap Session centered around amplifying the perspectives of Black Creatives and their unique experiences on what Black artistry means to them.
For our first session, we were joined by Christina Richardson (Founder of Bronx Film Initiative and screenwriter whose written short films for artist such as Meek Mill and Future), Jayda Imanlihen (Director of Multimedia Design and Production at USC and Executive Director of Black Girl Film School), Brandyn Johnson (USC professor and multimedia strategist and filmmaker with 15 years of experience in film production, digital design, and sound mixing), and Jeremiah Nadya (Award winning Sound Specialist and Creative Consultant).
Special thanks to The Mill’s Culture Team, Kenya Agunloye, Jelena Savanovic, The Mill LA Operations Team, and Tiffany Onyejekwe for hosting this series.
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