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“Soulfest” Hosted by Google ft. Performances by Rayana Jay, Noname and H.E.R. – See Pics!

On Wednesday at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, Google’s Black Googler Network (BGN) hosted the inaugural Soulfest 2018, a music festival and summit celebrating the intersection of Black Culture, Arts and Technology.

The afternoon featured discussions on social justice and technology, black inclusion in TV & Film and “Culture in the Internet Era.” Speakers included MC Hammer, Chamillionaire, Sickamore, MURS, Morgan DeBaun (co-founder/CEO, Blavity), social media maven Karen Civil, actor Allen Maldonado, Jamie Broadnax (founder, BlackGirlNerds), Tiffany Warren (SVP, Chief Diversity Officer at Omnicom Group), Annie Jean-Baptiste (Diversity Programs Manager, Google), Alicia Sabuncuoglu (Strategic Partner Development Manager, Social Impact at Google) and Erika Bennett (Head of Social Shows, YouTube) as well as keynote presentations from Elaine Welteroth (former Teen Vogue editor) and David Drummond (SVP of Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer for Alphabet, Inc.)

The evening concert featured performances by Rayana Jay, Noname and H.E.R.

Iddris Sandu, MC Hammer, Chamillionaire, Gerald Jean-Baptiste, Karen Civil, Kyle Gordon, Brandon Nicholson, Annie Jean-Baptiste
Sickamore, MURS, Erika Bennett, Morgan DeBaun, Gerald Jean-Baptiste, Erika Munro Kennerly, Kyle Gordon
Karen Civil & Sickamore (Credit – Alvin Addo)
Noname Performs
MCHammer Backstage
Jamie Broadnax, Tiffany Warren, Allen Maldonado, Michael Davis
Paramount Theatre Sign (Credit – Alvin Addo)

SoulFest is a continuation of a Google tradition where the Black Googler Network (BGN) hosts a company-wide celebration at the end of Black History Month (BHM). The event highlighted various diversity initiatives at Google, with the intention of making a strong statement about inclusion using the lens of Black Culture.

Alicia Sabuncuoglu
Danielle Brown (VP of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Integrity), Erika Bennett (Head of Social Shows, YouTube), Jamie Broadnax
HER Performance (Credit – Alvin Addo)
HER Performance (Credit – Alvin Addo)
David Drummond – keynote
ElaineWelteroth with fans

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