One of the often overlooked aspects within the Hip Hop industry and culture is the public meeting forum. Each year dozens of conferences, seminars, retreats, summits and meetings and festivals are held across the country. Although each may have a slightly different purpose or mission, collectively they represent our attempt at maintaining a sense of community identity.

Mary Datcher
is one of those individuals dedicated to ensuring that the music industry has ways of reaching out and supporting its constituents, socially, politically, and financially. A native of Chicago