Shefik and Eloisa Diaz-Sanz to Host Documentary Screening for Rapacon
MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. — Rapacon (https://www.facebook.com/rapacondjcon) is a first of its kind hip-hop experience. Founded by Curtis Sherrod, the annual event has grown to become a staple in honoring the hip-hop culture, while offering artful performances, mindful panel discussions, and priceless networking opportunities. With particular emphasis on celebrating the role of DJs in the culture, the essence of hip-hop is explored via "unending" cyphers, through the companion event titled DJ-CON.
"The Rapacon featuring DJ-CON documentary is a great way to see where hip-hop culture comes from, and to see where it's going," says its founder, Curtis Sherrod.
On Saturday, February 3, 2018, Mount Vernon Film Festival will present an official documentary about Rapacon featuring DJ-CON, which highlights its many years of positive impact on the community. The documentary is being presented in observance of Black History Month, and in association with City Council Member André Wallace of Mount Vernon, New York.
"The Rapacon events have been a tremendous success, and I'm happy to say that we are currently working on bringing the third installment of the Rapacon featuring DJ-CON series to Mount Vernon," says City Council Member André Wallace.
"Preserving our legacy for the next generation is so important," adds Yasmin Hurston, President and CEO at SAY YAS Productions. "I'm honored to help tell the story of Mount Vernon's rich history in hip-hop."
SAY YAS Productions has a vital role in such legacy preservation, as the company serves as the production entity for the documentary. SAY YAS Productions is a multi-media company that creates messages and conversations, as well as views and opinions of the public, through radio, film, television, and public events.
Media personality Shefik (http://shefik.info) and fashion designer Eloisa Diaz-Sanz (http://www.eloisadisanz.com) of "Shefik presents Invocation" (http://invocation.co) are teaming to host the highly-anticipated event, which includes a red-carpet extravaganza and an epic behind-the-scenes journey, organized by Rabab Abdalla of Runway Prestige (http://runwayprestige.com). Music will be provided by musical director DJ Mike Doelo.
The first red-carpet proceedings will start promptly at 11 a.m. ET, immediately followed by a screening of the documentary and panel discussion moderated by AJ Woodson, who is the Editor-in-Chief of the publication Black Westchester (http://www.blackwestchester.com). The second red-carpet proceedings will start at 2 p.m. ET, followed by another screening of the documentary and panel discussion. The entire event will be held at Mount Vernon Public Library, located at 28 South 1st Ave., Mount Vernon, NY 10550. Free tickets for the general public and VIP access are available, by emailing your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"As a nearby resident of Mount Vernon, New York, I am honored to pay tribute to the monumental history of Rapacon and its founder Curtis Sherrod," says Shefik.
Currently celebrating over 20 years in the entertainment and technology industries, Shefik is an accomplished industry insider, who has appeared on MTV, SiriusXM, PBS, network television, and in print media, as well as internationally on TRT World (Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, based in Istanbul, Turkey). As a videographer and producer, his work has been featured in television broadcasts and video productions for TIME magazine, The Washington Center, "Unsung" (TV One), Broadway World, and a major television station in New York City. Additionally, his photography has been featured in print and online publications, such as Daily Mail (based in United Kingdom), Harvard Kennedy School Magazine, Playbill, and China Press. He is currently the Executive Producer and Host of the nationally-syndicated radio show "Shefik presents Invocation", which is broadcast on 21 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States.
Throughout 2017, Shefik was very active in the community. He served as a judge for a local Miss America competition, aiding in the 2018 crowning of Miss Northern Highlands, Miss Northern Lakes, and Miss North Jersey. The winners will move on to compete for the state title of Miss New Jersey 2018. Shefik also served as moderator at a panel discussion on "Equity & Diversity: Community Dialogue", held in Washington, D.C., and he was named Master of Ceremonies for various charitable events to benefit Autism New Jersey, and Eastern Shore Self-Advocacy Project (Maryland), as well as industry leading events Maarkah New York Fashion Week SS18 (New York City), and Lehigh Valley Fashion Week (Pennsylvania). Additionally, he appeared as a guest speaker at various uplifting events, such as the 7th Annual Broadway Sings for Pride, and Global Tech Meets Fashion Affair Fundraiser, both held in New York City.
"The hip-hop culture and music are quintessential to Mount Vernon's history, which has produced some of the most well-known talents in the industry," says Eloisa Diaz-Sanz. "Furthermore, I am pleased to be able to form a part of Rapacon, which such a unique celebration of hip-hop music, culture, and film."
Eloisa Diaz-Sanz is an American creative consultant and fashion designer from New York City, specializing in womenswear. Her experience includes work for high-end brands featured in British Vogue, London Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week, and New York Fashion Night Out Events. Her mainstream designs have also been featured in national ad campaigns across the United States. Currently, she spends her time in-between New York City and London, where she designs and serves as a creative consultant. After working for over a decade as a womenswear designer in New York City for major retail brands, she decided to relocate to London, due to being inspired by her travels across Europe. It was here that she enrolled in one of the world's most recognized fashion universities, Central Saint Martins, to further refine her skills. During her time at Central Saint Martins is where she evolved from mainstream fashion to high-end designer/couture.
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