Roots Picnic

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Tierra Whack becomes the Piercing Pagoda’s first Creative Director and BlackStar Film Festivals screenings at the Roots Picnic.

As always, there will be a wealth of wonder accompanying The Roots Picnic this weekend, what with first-timer Mary J. Blige joining the home team for Saturday night’s final set and long-timer DJ Jazzy Jeff spinning as he did during the picnic’s first iteration.

Along with a stage, the Skyline Podcast stage, devoted to all brands of public discourse – from the FAQ Podcast with Fuzzy and comedian Quincy Harris to Disruptors in the Culture to the Million Dollaz Worth of Game showcase – two of the most inspired bookings of The Roots Picnic at the Mann Center come as multi-media showcases.

Philadelphia’s Tierra Whack has never been solely a rapper, a singer, or a producer. Instead, she comes, insistently, with high conceptual elements in which to showcase her ever-growing catalog of new music. No full album, yet, but lots of fresh tracks and EPs.

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Without having to guess, this morning’s announcement that Whack was just named the first-ever brand Creative Director for Piercing Pagoda will surely impact her set. Creating her own signature pierce collection and developing live content, weekly, for the site, “The Tierra Whack collection” will launch July 12 with a range of bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, and charms to say nothing of her usual retinue of cartoon imagery and crushing sound. Expect a boatload of those new visuals to play into Whack’s Saturday Picnic set.

Then there is the two-day participation of Philly’s BlackStar Film Festivals and its screening of a series of shorts specially curated for The Roots Picnic and featured in past BlackStar events. Along with director Rikki Wright’s A Song About Love, Renee Maria Osubu’s Dear Philadelphia, and Nikyatu Jusu’s Suicide by Sunlight, my choice of film to catch is Legendary: 30 Years of Philadelphia Ballroom. Watching movies in a tent on sterilized headphones might not seem like a picnic-y event, but my vibe is that it will be a chill pill respite from the frenetic feel of the live show.

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