THE ONES WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN
Emcee // Poet
Founder // President
Bakari J.B. is a Hip-Hop Artist/Spoken Word Poet that grew up in lower Roxbury/Dorchester area of Boston, Massachusetts. Son of a Jazz musician, music has always been second nature to him. Bakari J.B. started to develop his craft early on in high school at Boston Latin School, where he had his first ever on stage rap performance. Born in 1986, late 90's hip-hop and R&B would be instrumental in his musical growth. Heavily influenced by artists such as Biggie, Nas, Jay-Z and the l.o.x., these rappers helped Bakari J.B. to construct his gritty East Coast style. He is also versatile, having listened to lyricists such as Eminem, Talib Kweli, Common, Mos Def and The Roots, as these artist helped him develop a soulful and more lyrical style to compliment the raw East Coast style.
Vice President // Co-Creative Director
B. Cartier is a Visual Artist working in many different mediums, small and large scale. The breadth of his work ranges from hand painted custom sneakers, to canvas, mixed media, murals and more. Cartier has an international client base and has been featured in venues & publications all over New England and down the East coast. He has also worked in mentoring roles with youth and has spoken before groups of adults and children. Brian is constantly seeking to expand his reach as well as the range of his expression as he continues to challenge himself creatively. Brian was also the Creator an Director of 'Hoopla', a successful charity basketball tournament series in NH.
The Brightest of Boston
Presented by known regional brand entities,
teams are comprised of members of the Greater Boston music community (singers, rappers, producers, promoters, etc.). By combining the twin energies of art and sport, the Hoop Hop movement is firmly anchored by the belief that true community empowerment must be both active and creative.
Warm Ups // DJ's
Let The Games Begin
Awards & Thanks Yous
The purpose of the annual Hoop Hop Basketball Tournament is to create a space for local artists,
community activists and grassroots entrepreneurs to simultaneously showcase their talents and positively impact the greater Boston metropolitan community, primarily the youth. Teams are presented by known regional brand entities, and comprised of members of the Greater Boston music community (singers, rappers, producers, promoters, etc).
By combining the twin energies of art and sport, the Hoop Hop movement is firmly anchored by the belief that true community empowerment must be both active and creative. Furthermore, by raising funds to provide opportunities for inner city youth who may be short on resources, Hoop Hop aims to foster an environment that promotes growth and encourages those with musical talent to follow that path. With a fun day of activities including exciting
b-ball moves, a community awareness resource fair, local artisan’s marketplace and live entertainment,
Bakari J.B. and the Hoop Hop team have crafted one of Boston’s premier events.
Co-Founder // Treasurer // Creative Director
Yemi is one of those extremely talented guys that plays a big role behind the scenes. While he prefers to not be in the spotlight, his influence is felt all over the Boston Hip-Hop scene. He is the co-creator and the one to establish the well known brand aesthetic of Hoop Hop. He also serves as Treasurer for the 501(3)C.
YMCA Sr Dir of Youth Development
With 18 years of professional experience in the fields of youth advocacy, neighborhood engagement and community organizing, Kaché Boyd currently serves as Senior Director of Youth Development for a national non-profit. She is also a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor and Organizer for the largest health non-profit for black women and girls, GirlTrek. Kaché’s deep commitment to wellness-centered initiatives is further exemplified by her role as co-founder and “Young Harriet” of the Finishers Fit Club. When not pounding the pavement or making moves for the village, Kaché is energized by exploring old places and trying to master new recipes.
Hoop Hop 2018
MOMENTS FROM LAST YEAR
MAKING HOOP-HOP POSSIBLE