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This Innovation Showcase will explore the aesthetic foundations of Hip-hop and its relation to current communication messages. We will trace the musical, visual, spoken word, and literary manifestations of Hip-hop over its 50-year presence in the American cultural imagery that has led to its current position as a multi-million-dollar lightening rod for communication messages related to business, music, film, entertainment (movies, videogames, etc.), and other forms of pop culture expression.

This is a free, member only webinar.


  • Shanita Akintonde (President at ShanitaSpeaks, LLC)

    Shanita Akintonde

    President at ShanitaSpeaks, LLC

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    Deavondre Jones

    Entrepreneur In Residence at TechTown Detroit

    As a Michigan native, born and raised in Benton Harbor, Deavondre Jones is an entrepreneur, professor, artist and father. He’s the founder of DanceSpire, a lifestyle brand with a mission to accelerate the adoption of standardized hip hop dance education for dance programs. DanceSpire provides opportunities for dance enthusiasts and solutions for dance programs. Aside from DS, Deavondre splits his time running the DanceSpire Agency, a digital marketing company whose mission is to close the knowledge gap around tech for artists and seasoned professionals. He is currently a professor at Hope College, Michigan State University and Oakland University after spending two years teaching at Grand Valley State University. Deavondre is passionate about dance, marketing, fatherhood and building community. He serves on a state-wide fatherhood board; the Michigan Action Plan for Fatherhood Involvement (MAP-FI), serves in leadership for the Iota Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi and volunteers for the West Michigan “Dads Count!” collective.

    He's been featured or has made appearances on: So You Think You Can Dance, World Of Dance – Michigan, WOODTV8 and more media outlets.

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    Ken Rye

    Senior Marketing Consultant at Ken Rye Marketing

    Ken Rye has more than 20 years experience directing large-scale marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 global accounts and small businesses across Technology, Retail/E-Commerce, CPG, Entertainment, and Manufacturing sectors.

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