Photo Field Trip: LA B-Boy & B-Girl Summit
The newest destination in our Photo Field Trip series takes us to the Los Angeles B-Boy & B-Girl Summit at the International Hip-Hop Festival in Los Angeles. This is an opportunity for photographers of all skill levels to capture images of the athleticism, energy, power, and talent of some of the best break-dancers in the country. Co-led by legendary B-Girl Asia One, this field trip will provide both exciting photographic opportunities as well as a primer on the history and culture of the b-boy and b-girl communities and their connection to hip-hop.
Asia One is known worldwide as a b-girl icon, hip-hop pioneer, and activist. A visionary trailblazer and trendsetter, Asia’s influence has been instrumental in setting the bar for standards in the art of hip-hop with skills and knowledge being the supreme combination for personal and global transformation. As a seasoned educator, performer, host, and judge, she is known worldwide as a premier consultant on hip-hop cultural lifestyle, regularly performing, speaking, and building relationships with international ambassadors of hip-hop culture on the future evolution of hip-hop dance, while aiming to achieve social justice through the culture as a movement.
Asia has helped introduce b-boying to corporate America and created successful partnerships and campaigns with Red Bull, Nike, Truth, and Tylenol. She was seen in the hit movie Step Up 2: The Streets and as a commentator in Planet B-Boy Movie; a featured artist in The Freshest Kids b-boy documentary, and commentator and coordinator of MGM’s Breakin’ DVD Collection. Additionally, Asia is featured in We B*Girlz (powerHouse Books), We Got Issues, and Vibe magazine’s book about Hip-Hop Divas. Asia was the subject of the short film Expect the Unexpected, an official selection of the Hip-Hop Film Festival. “No Easy Props” is her motto and the name of her nonprofit created in 2010 to help better the world through hip-hop culture, hosting the world-famous B-boy Summit, as well as supporting HipHop101, a cultural arts and fitness program for youth.
A graduate of Michigan State University, with dual degrees – Art and Multiculturalism and Social Engagement & Activism – Asia is currently honing new ways in which to engage and benefit the community through hip-hop inspired work. Asia is a member of Mighty Zulu Kweenz, Fame City Graffiti Crew, and Queenz of Hip-Hop. She also teaches a B-girlism program that mentors and trains young women on the discipline of breaking from a female perspective as it related to hip-hop culture.
No Easy Props
No Easy Props is a hip-hop arts based 501c3 organization whose mission is to preserve hip-hop culture and engage and enrich at-risk youth with quality hip-hop arts programing through HipHop101 and live events, including the world-renowned B-boy/B-girl Summit.
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