Culture Spotlight Featuring Red Shaydez
Red Shaydez is a multi-faceted, boxer robe-wearing bully of a hip-hop artist and the queen of cool, whose lyrical prowess leaves nothing standing in its wake. She has a track record to prove that she is not only next to but is now: the Boston-born lyricist, filmmaker, and mentor have been featured on MTV, Fox 25 News, Hot 96.9 FM and performed at A3C, Hubweek 2018, BAMS Fest 2019, headlines her own local shows, and is taking the college circuit by storm with her live show and consistently empowering brand. She has just been nominated for “Unsigned Artist of the Year” at the 2019 Boston Music Awards.
Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival? The 2018 HHFF festival was such a great experience for me. It was my first time ever having my mini-film screened in any capacity. It was very professional and organized. It was great to see so many powerful Black people running the event.
Why are stories from the culture important? They're important because they are often neglected and underrepresented. The new generation needs to hear from people that look like them. They need the inspiration to be able to tell even greater stories.
What projects are you working on now? I'm working on my upcoming album' Feel The Aura' that will be accompanied by a visual component.
Why do you think the Harlem film house and Hip Hop Film Festival is important?
It's important to carry on the tradition, network, and celebrate each other. I've never seen anything like HHFF. To merge Hip Hop Culture and Film is nothing less than brilliant. I was honored to be a part of it.