It was a night to remember as the Hip Hop Public Health family was back — live and direct — at the 2022 Remixing Public Health Gala. The night was nothing short of epic, as hundreds joined us at the Harvard Club of New York City, and virtually on zoom, on October 25th, 2022 to celebrate our work and those who continue to support our mission. But don’t take our word for it, here are the 12 top moments of the night:
1. A Legendary Host Gives Us a Night to Remember
All night our Co-Founder, Doug E Fresh, brought that hip hop energy as our distinguished host and made sure the crowd fed off the light he brings to the room. Whether it was his freestyles, doing the Dougie, or engaging our supporters, the legendary MC made sure the night ended bringing us together as a community.
2. Hip Hop Public Health’s Origin Story
Dr. Olajide Williams took a trip down memory lane, giving insight into the origin story of Hip Hop Public Health. Have you heard the one about how a world-famous hip hop artist and a neurologist walk into a juice spot in Harlem? Yeah, and then they decided to join forces to do a few things like eradicate racism in public health, normalize discussions about chronic illness, teach kids everywhere how to recognize the signs of stroke, and empower young people to advocate for themselves and their communities. Oh and Doug and the Hip Hop Doc do all of this by dropping rhymes about science and sustainable health behavior change. Booyaaaaa!
3. Facts: Baltimore City HeartSmiles Heartbeats in the House
The celebration of Ms. Joni Holifield as a 2022 Remixing Public Health Honoree reverberated from NYC to Baltimore and back! Ms. Joni rolled deep and literally brought dozens of young people from her Baltimore-based program, HeartSmiles, to cheer her on with the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies. There is no doubt that these HeartBeats from B-More City are not playing one bit as they dream BIG and chase all of their potential in their lives with the unwavering support of their incredible and dedicated mentor, Ms. Joni.
4. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg Makes a Surprise Virtual Appearance
Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg did not drop any bars— but he did share his very heartfelt message of congratulations and gratitude for Baltimore’s most trusted community voice amongst young people, Ms. Joni Holifield, as she accepted her award as a 2022 Remixing Public Health Honoree.
5. Honoring Those Who’ve Had Our Backs From Day One!
The Remixing Public Health Gala is a moment for us to celebrate the work we’ve been able to achieve, but it also gives us the opportunity to acknowledge and honor those who have supported us from the beginning. Rob Shepardson, Founding Partner of SS+K, and Scott Silverstein, Chief Legal and Business Affairs Officer of Mojo are two incredibly special people who have supported our mission and helped us grow in our efforts to build health equity from the inception of the organization.
6. Hip Hop Icons Talk the Health Equity Talk
Globally recognized and celebrated hip hop artists and Hip Hop Public Health Artists Advisory Council members Chuck D, DMC, Ashanti, and Salt opened up about what was in their hearts during a fireside chat with our Co-Founder Doug E. Fresh and Chief Artist Relations and Social Impact Officer Patrice Webb. This incredibly inspiring conversation touched on topics of how misinformation and disinformation have personally impacted their lives, the way hip hop plays a valuable role in how we find healing in our community, the relationship between hip hop and mental health, and so much more.
7. Gimme a Little Bit of ‘Paste Time’
We were hyped to share a sneak peek of “Paste Time,” a new resource launching in classrooms around the nation later this year in collaboration with Colgate’s Bright Smiles Bright Futures Program. This incredibly catchy hip hop and reggaeton track, composed and produced by multi-platinum producer Q. Worthy, features the O.G. Human Beatbox, Doug E. Fresh, Dr. Olajide “Hip Hop Doc” Williams, Dr. Monique “Docta Mo Flow ” Hedmann-Maxey, and the debut of youth artist Heaven to help children embrace good oral hygiene habits.
8. We Sang the ABC’s With DMC
The King of Rap DMC schooled everyone with a live sing-along to the first ever and most repeated rap song in history —the ABC’s! A timeless, invaluable, and melodic part of the culture, the song is a unifier! No matter how young or mature you may be, if someone breaks out into the ABC song we dare you not to join in. And yes, singing in your head is still singing.
9. Hip Hop Strings With Bri Blvck
That’s right! Hip hop violinist Bri Blvck set a vibe to start the night, showcasing her incredible skills on the electric violin harmonizing with classic hip hop tracks.
10. DJ FLO on the Ones and Twos
One of our favorite DJs and an extended member of our Hip Hop Public Health Family, DJ FLO kept the crowd on their toes all night. Not only did he hit us with some undeniable hip hop classics, but he also dropped those original Hip Hop Public Health jams to raise the roof at the Harvard Club like never before.
11. Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!
For our silent and live auction with energetic auctioneer CK Swett, we had it all! A private cooking lesson with Cheryl “Salt” James, a one-of-a-kind and collectible Run-DMC “Hollis Crew” Adidas jacket, signed by DMC himself, a dope pair of Doug E. Fresh’s Tom Ford shades to accompany a VIP trip to the Essence Fest, and other must-bid items.
12. We Taught Them How to Dougie!
You already know when Doug E. Fresh is on the mic, he’s going to do his signature dance move, the Dougie. But this time he got two of our honorees to join in! Well, the jury is still out, and while we may not have actual footage this year we do have proof that at least one of them will be debuting the Dougie at our 2023 Remixing Public Health gala.
Thank you for your support!
The Remixing Public Health Gala was made possible by community supporters and stakeholders across the public and private sectors who are dedicated to empowering communities and building health equity. It’s still not too late to make a contribution.