Speak Out: What is your opinion on how promoters run hip-hop events in the city?

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Given the failure of several hip-hop events by local promoters, we asked Pittsburgher their opinion. Here’s what you said.

“I don’t think it’s necessarily a failure on the promoters’ behalf. I do believe that it’s a combination of communication on some promoters ends at ‘over promising and under delivering’ in conjunction with artists that oftentimes face the wall of uncontrolled scenarios that are out of their hands.”
Emmai Alaquiva
Emmy award winner, entrepreneur
Shadyside

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Emmai Alaquiva, Orlando Marshall, Nadia Souls

“I am a bit of a recluse and don’t go out much, but what I do notice a lot of times is that there won’t be much going on throughout the week, and then when the weekend comes, there are about four different events on the same day. I think it would be better if there was some kind of way to spread things out a bit.”
Orlando Marshall
Deejay
Lawrenceville

“I think that local promoters are too selective. They prejudge on who they think would be interested or who they feel should attend. That’s what I see happening.”
Nadia Souls
Private club/social service director
Beltzhoover

“I think they do well but maybe they could expand their reach a little though, to contact a bigger audience. I think they can use outlets like Facebook, local universities and newspapers.”
Holly King
Teacher
Point Breeze

“If you are talking about big name artists, it’s tough because there isn’t an urban radio station to promote on. So it begs the question, how are people going to find out about it? This presents a real problem for having big name people come to our city and perform.”
Medina Jackson
After-school program director
Wilkinsburg

“I think promoters should utilize more media outlets such as the City Paper, the Pittsburgh Courier, Facebook, KISS FM, and Comcast along with hand to hand flyers and word of mouth to let people know about their events. They have a lot of challenges when trying to reach out to audiences.”
Knowledge Build Allah
Director
Wilkinsburg

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