BET Concert at HD Woodson

Wale, Chuck Brown, Tyrese. These were just three of the artists that had the crowd screaming on Friday when BET hosted a special Homecoming concert at HD Woodson.   Only three hundred students attended the private concert, by special invitation.  The doors were open to the best and brightest only, and of course, the young ladies from mentorSTEM were there representing.

Wale and Mayor Gray discuss music and education with students

BET’s “Music that Made the Movement” concert was kicked-off by popular DJ and BET Co-Host Big Tigger.

The concert was hosted by Big Tigger

Prior to the concert, Big Tigger moderated an all star panel, interacting with the crowd, discussing how music inspires, educates and influences.  In addition to the musicians, the panel included Deputy Secretary of Education Anthony Miller and DC Mayor Vincent Gray.

The theme of the panel discussion was about the role of music during the civil rights era.

Legendary DC artist Chuck Brown and R&B singer Tyrese

Chuck Brown noted that he had been particularly inspired by the music of Marvin Gaye (What’s Going On) and James Brown (Say it Loud…).

Before partying with the students, DC’s own Wale said something that resonated with everyone in the audience.  Referencing the conscious music made during the civil rights era, Wale stated,“Today, that is what I’m trying to do. Be a conscious role model.  I’m all about Each One, Teach One.”

After a great “Q&A Session”, Woodson’s Auditorium became an instant “hot spot” as the students screamed with joy and excitement as Wale and Tyrese treated them to an electrifying and high-energy, mini concert.

BET provided an excellent program depicting powerful social and educational messages.  Staying in school, having a plan, and living your dream was the word.  Education is the key and Deputy Secretary Miller said it best, “Education is the civil rights issue of our time.”


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