No better way to end summer than with a weekend full of Black excellence in Black Hollywood! The Revolt Summit x AT&T returned to its new home in Atlanta, GA on September 24th and Sunday 25th for the fourth installment of curated panels, workshops, live performances and more. The vibes were sponsored by none over than Cîroc and Deleon Tequila. The black-owned multimedia platform kicked off the two-day experience with hosts Pretty Vee and Fly Guy DC.
Saturday started with organized panel discussions from many leaders in the industry including; Master P, Rashad Bilal, and Troy Milling who discussed financial literacy with Assets Over Liabilities podcast. Another insightful panel took place, Beyond The Rim, which discussed the topic of mental health with NBA veteran Dennis Rodman.
Many more celebrities hit the stage for intimate conversations such as Bobby Shmurda, Al Harrington, Berner and the Cannabis Cutie who talked about the future of cannabis. Also, Amber Rose, NeNe Leaks, and Ray J sat down for a discussion about Cancel Culture moderated by Hollywood Unlocked CEO Jason Lee.
The Revolt Summit wrapped up the night with performances by Rich Homie Quan, Dream Doll, Big Boss Vette, and Rob49.
The sold-out event kicked off Sunday with an impactful conversation from activist and Social Justice Leader Tameka D. Mallory. Mallory touched on where we are headed as a race in the fight for justice, civil rights, freedom and equity. “Rap Radar” set the tone for the afternoon as journalists Elliott Wilson (Tidal) and Brian “B-Dot” Miller (Complex, Spotify) sat with rapper and record executive Gucci Mane. They talked about artist development, and what qualities the rapper looks for when signing a new artist.
WNBA player Te’a Cooper even took the stage for a panel discussion on women in sports and what the future holds for all women in that space. The women of Revolt’s new Podcast “Black Girl Stuff” were also in attendance. Akilah Ffriend, Brii Renee, Demetria Obilor, Tori Brixx, and Kennedy Rue gave some inspiring words on the ‘Dream in Black” stage.
The theme of the 2022 Summit was “The Future Is Now”, which I found to be the most fitting as Revolt put on a Be Heard talent competition for upcoming artists. Judges included heavy hitters such as, Dj Drama, Rapsody, Walter Tucker, and Gina Views. They gave expert advice to each artist, and the winner of the competition took home $10,000!
Quality Control’s own Lakeyah lit up the “Dream in Black” stage with a unique performance followed by Rapper Baby Tate, who also tore the stage down. Ending the night with a bang, Nardo Wick performed his major hit song “Who Want Smoke” on the main stage closing out the jam-packed weekend.