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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Create Your Own Future Series

You want to know how to succeed in today’s creative economy. We’ve got the experts with the answers.

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Fine Lines PAINT JAM

We’re back, bigger, and BOOMIN. Photo comp and Broccoli City included. Sign up to 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

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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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Win 2 Tickets to The Roots at The Fillmore

Win 2 tickets to The Roots on December 29th at The Fillmore Silver Spring but only if you support WBL’s Thunderclap https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/35741-give-the-gift-of-hip-hop . You only have until the 24th so go to the link and click support ASAP!

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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, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a rapper, singer or poet. Anyone can be a leader. We’re accepting submissions from youth ages 14-19 from the DC Metro area to represent DC as the inaugural Washington DC Youth Poet Laureate.
12 Finalists will be chosen by a group of esteemed judges and be given the distinction of Washington DC Youth Poet Ambassador.
One teen will be honored with the title of Washington, a book publishing deal, and book tour. Click here to find out how!

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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, Public Enemy, T.I., just to name a few, all reference the game. There’s a reason we started this in 2005 and it continues in 2015!
The annual event is on its 10th year and is gearing up to provide competition and give the participants a little background knowledge of the game and hip-hop culture. As many already know, the event is based off the connection between the two, the competitive spirit and the power to think smart. In both, one must think ahead of the game, be quick and precise, while being ready to accept any challenge.
Bum Rush will also feature S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) sessions in between games to create a diverse experience for all the attendees. Participants can take DJ lessons and learn how it connects to engineering, find out how the art of rap and science connect, discover the geometrics of breakdancing. There will also be an art display of our life-size custom designed chess pieces.
Last years players enjoyed a day of food, free shirts, and lots of fun. Watch footage from the 2012 event and then sign up to be at this years Bum Rush the Boards, Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Colombia Heights Recreational Center.

Register (Individuals)
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