From Sifrs to Ciphers

WBL is taking you on a journey through Hip-Hop through its roots, all the way from Sifrs to Ciphers.

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All City Winter Show

RSVP here for your ticket! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-city-winter-show-tickets-30941196953

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The HeartBreak Ball

A 2v2 BBoy/BGirl tournament for $1000 and a 1v1 All-Styles tournament! Sign up or RSVP here!  

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Get Chosen in the Academy

WBL Academy students learn how to create and make money for their time and effort. Enroll today.

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Welcome Back to The Shop

We just put in major work revamping our shop. New gear, new publications, and brand new artwork.

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Hip-Hop at Your Library

We’re expanding to Francis Gregory, Shaw, and Woodridge libraries. Click for more info!

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DJ RBI Nominated for Best DJ!

Click here to make DJ RBI Washington City Paper’s Best DJ of 2016!

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Congo Sanchez Nominated for Best Local Band!

Click here to make Congo Sanchez Washington City Paper’s Best Local Band of 2016 !

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Asad “Ultra” Walker Nominated for Best Visual Artist!

Click here to make Academy teacher, Asad “Ultra” Walker Washington City Paper’s Best Visual Artist of 2016!

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Visual Arts Classes

Go to wblinc.org/the-academy/ for more information!

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Spoken Word & Emcee Classes

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Photography Class

Go to wblinc.org/the-academy/ for more information!

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Chess Classes

Go to wblinc.org/the-academy/ for more information!

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Hip-Hop Dance Classes

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La Clases de Grafiti

Go to wblinc.org/the-academy/ for more information!

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Marvin NYE

DC restaurant named after the infamous soul emulator, Marvin Gaye, is giving 25% of its New Years Eve ticket sales to WBL as a part of Give the Gift of Hip-Hop. Celebrate with the close of another year with the whole team that got you there while supporting DC’s best Hip-Hop nonprofit.

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Be the FIRST Washington D.C. Youth Poet Laureate!

Lead history as a young writer committed to civic & community engagement, poetry & performance, human relations, diversity and education across Washington DC metro area. The Washington DC Youth Poet Laureate is a joint program of Urban Word NYC and Words Beats & Life (WBL) with support from Busboys and Poets, The DC Public Libraries, […]

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Remixing the Art of Social Change: The Annual Teach-In

Remixing the Art of Social Change is an annual international Teach-In hosted by Words Beats & Life. Organizations, artists and scholars that utilize hip-hop culture come to the Teach-In to promote social change and advance how hip-hop makes that change last. 2015 marks Washington D.C.’s 8th year hosting the Teach-In, leading Chicago and San Francisco. […]

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Bum Rush the Boards 2015

Words, Beats & Life does chess and hip-hop better than ever! Bum Rush the Boards has opened up registration and invites every chess-head and future grandmaster to show off their skills in friendly competition and some hip-hop fun.   Think of all the references to chess you hear in hip-hop music. Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Z, […]

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Philanthrobeat: Queens Finest Edition

Celebrating twelve years of Words Beats & Life Inc. and nine years of decipher radio. Featuring:DJ Jahsonic, DJ RBI, DJ 2-Tone Jones, DJ B Side DJ Machete, Quartermaine and DJ Scientific!!! Admission is free for all #WBLMVPs Admission is free if you donate a jacket and half price if you bring two cans of soup. […]

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