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The Sounds of Social Justice Webinar and Bren Joy



For Black Music Month, Music Biz is partnering with the National Museum of African American Music to talk about the sounds of social justice. Hosted by Gali Mitchell (Billboard), panelists are the following music executives: Eesean Bolden (Warner Records), Binta Niambi Brown (Nice Work), H. Beecher Hicks III (NMAAM), Monique Idlett-Mosley (Reign Ventures), Phil Thornton (RCA Inspiration/Sony Music), and Theda Sandiford (Def Jam).

On June 17th, they executed their first discussion session that featured a performance by R&B artist, Bren Joy. Joy has recently been signed by A&R rep, Eesean Bolden, to Warner Records. In the webinar, Joy brought dreamy falsettos and emotionally weighted civic lyrics to our screens when he performed his single “Drag Race”. His newest album, Twenties, is out now on all platforms.

Hang on Bren Joy’s words and riffs, below:

Mitchell framed the webinar Q&A session around the significance of Black Music, the role of authenticity for both musicians and music executives, and the changes we will see in the industry in light of Black Lives Matter and #BlackOutTuesday. Part 2 of the webinar will be today at 7 PM ET. Tune in to listen to the discussion in bringing awareness to social justice issues, encouraging change, and moreover — accountability.

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Irene recently graduated with a B.A. in English and a minor in Music Industry from UCLA. During her time as an undergrad, she was an editor of the Westwind Journal, a member of HOOLIGAN Theatre Company, and a featured pianist at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center. She also received a top prize for her research on “Armenian Language Pedagogies Through the Arts” in the 2019 Undergraduate Colloquium in Armenian Studies. She aims to attend graduate school in the near future to continue her pursuit of writing and music. You can follow her journey on Instagram @theonewhereireneisfine

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