nuwave, the Flynn, and the City of Burlington present

The Black Experience 2024

Featuring Talib Kweli and Sweet Honey in the Rock

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The Black Experience 2024 (BX24) is a free holistic celebration of Vermont’s Black lived experience, and a staple of Burlington’s observation of Black History Month. This year's edition features a headlining performance from Talib Kweli, one of hip-hop's most accomplished artists, as well as special presentations by Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock and keynote speaker Dr. Robert Livingston, an author, social psychologist, and leading expert on the science underlying bias and racism.

Talib Kweli

The Brooklyn-based MC earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 25 years. After decades of releasing mesmerizing music, Talib Kweli stands as one of the world’s most talented and most accomplished Hip Hop artists. Whether working with Mos Def as one-half of Black Star, partnering with producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal, releasing landmark solo material, or collaborating with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, J Dilla, or Madlib, Kweli commands attention by delivering top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of instrumental.

BX After Dark in the Park

Come meet local Black performers, dance to local Black DJs, and mingle with the community in giant inflatable igloos in City Hall Park from 8-10 pm. All completely free. Find out more >>

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