Bobbito Garcia (US)
NYC native Bobbito García is a freelance creative who has put an indelible footprint on multiple urban movements.
During the 1990s, the legendary air personality was one-half of the “Stretch and Bobbito” program on WKCR. The duo introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie, and Wu-Tang, as well as an unknown Jay-Z, Eminem, and the Fugees. In 1998, the Source Magazine voted them as “The Best Hip Hop Radio Show of All Time.“
As the progenitor of sneaker journalism, García penned his landmark Source article “Confessions of a Sneaker Addict” in 1990, then in 2003 became the critically acclaimed author of Where’d You Get Those? NYC’s Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987 (Testify Books). In 2005, ESPN’s “It’s The Shoes” series, hosted by Bobbito, became the first show on the subject in broadcasting history.
A former professional basketball player in Puerto Rico, García performed in the ground breaking Nike “Freestyle” commercial. In 2007, the brand released seven co-designed Air Force 1 sneakers bearing his name. The voice of EA Sports’ popular NBA Street video game is also a world-renowned DJ, who has spun World, Soul and Jazz music at Lincoln Center, Central Park SummerStage, and the Kennedy Center (DC).
As an award-winning filmmaker, García has directed Doin’ It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC and Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, which premiered on PBS and Showtime, respectively. His third film, Rock Rubber 45s, releases this summer.
A founding member of the Kennedy Center’s Hip Hop Culture Council and a recent Wesleyan University “Distinguished Alumni Award” recipient, "Kool Bob Love” currently produces his b-ball tournament Full Court 21™ in four continents, and co-hosts NPRs “What’s Good with Stretch and Bobbito” podcast.
Claire Reneé (US)
Claire Reneé is a classically trained dancer who sings from the soul. Singing a combination of R&B, Soul, Jazz, and Pop while being heavily influenced by Hip Hop, this singer/songwriter’s raspy yet graceful vocals along with her unique harmonies always provide an incredible vibe and sound.
This multi-talented artist has quite a unique background that didn’t start with her having a microphone in her hand. Claire began dancing at the early age of 4 and at the age of 10 got accepted to The Dance Theater of Harlem where she studied Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. In high school, she attended Professional Performing Arts School where she completed the PPAS/Alvin Ailey dance program.
Adding to her list of talents, Claire is also a dedicated writer, one that is influenced by a broad scope of music genres. Her desire to enhance her natural ear for music and performance led her to study at several notable music schools, including Berklee College of Music. She put school on hold and decided to focus on being an artist and sharing her music with the world. She states “I get inspired by so many things I love expressing myself through art, bringing ideas and topics to light that people can relate to.”
She recently released an LP – Let Me Glo – in July of 2018 exclusively in Japan with record label Sweet Soul Records featuring singles like Easy Come, Easy Go (Nights with You) and LOL.
When asked about her new project, Claire states “Let Me Glo is me stepping into my purpose and recognizing that the glow up is internal. I had to put in the work to better myself, preserve my sanity and mental health, let people and things go, and get honest with myself. This music came from a rough year filled with transitions and changes. I learned that I never used to doubt myself when I was young and as an adult that shouldn’t change. Surrender to your journey and don’t ask for permission to live”.