Black Entrepreneurs Day is not some boring business conference, Daymond has called on some of the biggest names in music to join him for very special live performances throughout the stream. Chance the Rapper, the events headliner, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, activist, actor, and philanthropist who embodies the spirit of Black Entrepreneurs Day. Prepare to get down with Chance The Rapper, Questlove, and DJ Diesel!
Chance the Rapper
Proclaimed “Planet Earth’s preeminent indie rap darling” by Rolling Stone, Chance the Rapper has built a multi-faceted career on his own terms, redefining what it means to be an independent artist.
Born and raised in Chicago, Chance made history in 2017 when he became the first artist to win a Grammy for a streaming-only mixtape—collecting a trio of statues for “Best New Artist,” “Best Rap Performance” and “Best Rap Album” for his now iconic Coloring Book.
Called “a generational voice” by GQ, Chance has never signed a record deal— opting instead to make his music available for free. His career began with the release of his 2012 mixtape 10 Day, followed by the 2013 release of Acid Rap, which garnered over 10 million downloads. His latest project and official debut album, The Big Day, cemented Chance in the rap pantheon.
Chance’s unique sound weaves gospel, jazz and soul together with hip hop. His work has attracted an eclectic mix of collaborators, including Kanye West, Randy Newman, Lil Wayne, Bon Iver, Childish Gambino, Justin Bieber, Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran and John Legend.
Chance’s expanding career also includes film and television credits. He can most recently be seen as the host of and an executive producer of the Quibi revival of MTV’s “Punk’d” which is one of their top performing shows. He also serves as an executive producer and judge on Netflix’s hip-hop talent contest “Rhythm+Flow.” In 2019, Chance joined an elite club by becoming one of the few celebrities to both host and perform on “Saturday Night Live.” Additional EP credits include HBO’s “A Shot in The Dark” and Cartoon Network’s “Steven Universe.”
Called “an outstanding role model” by President Barack Obama, Chance’s passion for music and family extends to his commitment to giving back. Coming from a long line of activists and community organizers, Chance was raised with a deep faith and a strong sense of purpose. Through his nonprofit organization SocialWorks, he aims to inspire and empower youth through arts, education and civic engagement. In 2014, he made headlines by using the #savechicago hashtag to stop gun violence in the city for 42 hours. Whether by hosting a monthly high school “OpenMike” series at the Chicago Public Library, donating $2 million to Chicago Public Schools and mental wellness access or raising more than $7 million through SocialWorks for Chicago’s youth, Chance makes it a priority to be a positive force for good.
Chance resides in Chicago, IL with his family.
Questlove (DJ Set)
Ahmir Khalib Thompson, known professionally as Questlove (stylized as Questlove), is an American musician and music journalist. He is the drummer and joint frontman (with Black Thought) for the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots. The Roots has been serving as the in-house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since February 17, 2014. Questlove is also one of the producers of the cast album of the Broadway musical Hamilton. He is the co-founder of the websites Okayplayer and OkayAfrica. Additionally, he is an adjunct instructor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University.
Questlove has produced recordings for artists including Elvis Costello, Common, D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Jay-Z, Nikka Costa, and more recently, Al Green, Amy Winehouse, and John Legend. He is a member of the production teams the Soulquarians, The Randy Watson Experience, The Soultronics, The Beat Biters (with producers Just Blaze and 9th Wonder), The Grand Negaz, and The Grand Wizzards.
Hosted by Angela Yee
Angela Yee was born and raised in Brooklyn, where she spent the majority of her free time writing short, fictional stories and reading every novel she could get her hands on. She attended Poly Prep HS in Brooklyn, and then Wesleyan University where she graduated with a BA in English.
After college, she utilized the relationships she secured through various internships at MTV, TVT Records and Wu-Tang Management to become assistant to the CEO of Wu-Tang Corporation. Angela gained valuable experience dealing with multiple labels, artists, lawyers, accountants, and organizing specialevents.
Angela realized she had a knack for marketing, and spent the next five years working with internet startups, Nile Rodgers’ “Sumthing Else” distribution label, and clothing brands, including the launch of Eminem’s line Shady LTD. Yee decided her ideal position would be merging her love of marketing with her love of music, and consequently her industry relationships and stellar work reputation led her to Sirius XM Satellite Radio. After an audition, she was offered the co-host position on the Cipha Sounds Effect morning show followed by the opportunity to create a weekly nighttime show, Lip Service, which led to her own morning show: The Morning After with Angela Yee.
Angela continued to grind tirelessly at Shade 45, providing a platform for unsigned artists with her segment “Don’t Quit Your Day Job,” where artists like Drake, Machine Gun Kelly, and Big Krit were showcased before signing to major labels. She conducted standout interviews with Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Chris Rock, Birdman, 50 Cent, TI, and Wiz Khalifa among many others. Her talent and work ethic did not go unnoticed and several radio stations in different markets began contacting Angela Yee. After six years at Sirius XM, she decided to take a risk and accept a position at a station that was the underdog in radio’s number one market: New York City’s Power 105.1.
The Breakfast Club was formed in December 2010 with DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne and after only two years became a nationally syndicated show. The show has been the number one radio program in “The Source” Power 30 issue for 5 years in a row, the NYS Broadcasters Association awarded “The Breakfast Club” the 2014 OUTSTANDING ON-AIR BROADCAST PERSONALITY OR TEAM award, and in 2017 the Breakfast Club was awarded the iHeartRadio Urban Personality of the Year Award. Most recently, in 2020 “The Breakfast Club” was inducted into the prestigious Radio Hall of Fame due to their impact on the culture.
Currently the show is syndicated in over 100 markets weekday mornings and on the weekends. Listeners can hear “Angela Yee’s Rumor Report,” her advice segment “Ask Yee,” and current events with “Front Page News.” True to her personality, Angela has also continued to expand her brand with her popular podcast “Angela Yee’s Lip Service” and in 2019 she organized the first nationwide tour for “Lip Service Live” with Live Nation. Yee has received a WEEN Mission Award, the Shirley Chisholm Woman of Distinction Award, the Vice-Chancellor’s Achievement Award for the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI), a Gracie Award for National Radio Host/Personality, a Gracie Award for her Lip Service podcast, a Spirit of Detroit Award, the Airblazer Award from the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group and Talentmasters Morning Show Bootcamp, and was awarded her own Angela Yee Day in NYC by Mayor Bill DeBlasio.
In 2016, Angela Yee partnered with Styles P from legendary hip-hop group “The Lox” to open a juice bar, Juices For Life BK, in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Once she saw how beneficial the business was for the community, she launched a line of organic pressed juices called Drink Fresh Juice to provide even more access to healthier options. Angela’s entrepreneurship then led to her latest venture, a black-owned coffee company, Coffee Uplifts People (C.U.P.). She has also created Angela Yee’s Book Club to encourage her followers to read more and support authors with a story to tell. The book club has hosted authors like DJ Beverly Bond (creator of Black Girl’s Rock), Carl Weber, D. Watkins, Marc Lamont Hill, Cecile Richards, DeVon Franklin, Phoebe Robinson, Mashonda, and many others. She appeared as herself on 3 episodes of the hit Fox television series “Empire,” and hosted a 4-season limited run of State Farm’s “Colorfull Lives” podcast.
Her dedication to health, nutrition, education, and community is reflected in her positions as the first ever Ambassador for the New York Public Library (NYPL), the first ever Global Ambassador for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement for Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment (BSE), a board member for AFUWI, and a board member for Nile Rodgers’ We Are Family Foundation.