Aspiring Artists And Film Attendees Reach For Their Destiny At The 11th Annual GlobalMixx Film & Music Forum

Chicago, Mary Datcher has done it again.  The 11th Annual Global Mixx was sensational and filled with industry leaders who conducted astounding and independent one on one sessions by professional industry leaders.  The private sessions were for those in attendance seeking valuable information and knowledge that will help them excel in their current industry endeavor. This informative main event took Place at the Illinois Institute of Art located at 350 N. Orleans in Chicago, Illinois and hosted by George Daniels.

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Friday night’s Award ceremony was extraordinary which was held at Ellis Park on the rooftop which included some of Chicago’s own magnificent honorees. Global Mixx recognized those that are influential in their respective fields. Key note Speaker was Chi Towns Legend George Daniels owner of Georges Music Room and the beautiful host was Erica Porter.

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The honorees for the evening were none other than: Senior Segment Producer, WGN Morning News, Tyra Martin, Kenneth Hill, The Legendary Gene Barge, an American tenor and alto saxophonist and composer, Playwright Cassandra Bell, Grammy Nominated Producer Steve Silk Hurley, Shannon “Skip Syas” From S & S Records, Cook County Clerk, Dorothy Brown, Chi Towns Own and Guinness Book record holder for fastest rapper in the world, Twista, Qadree Holmes and Comedian Leon Rogers. This awesome ceremony was presented by The evening’s sponsor, ComEd.

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The excitement continued into Saturday and Sunday with Coca Cola as the weekends Sponsor for two dynamic and energetic days of  continuous workshops, master classes, Music and Film showcases for up and coming artists, actors and actresses who were given an opportunity to network with some of the industries finest professionals in the music, filmmaking, business, production and digital technology.


Ear hustle 411 met with the luxurious make-up artist, Photographer and incredible Fashion Designer Anre who has worked with Jamie Foxx, Vivica Fox, Morris Chestnut and have done many costumes for the movie industry. His portfolio is like no other, it’s just incredible.

We had the opportunity to sit down and interview Terk formally of the 80’s hip hop and R & B Group, “Whistle,”he has worked with Taraji P. Henson, Morris Chestnut and Anthony Hamilton and is an awesome producer.


Ear Hustle also interviewed Hip Hop artist K. Valentine who gave us an earful of fabulous information about her first tour with Talib Kweli and her new debut album which just dropped featuring Styles P, Talib Kweli, Tweet and BJ the Chicago Kid. She said having all these amazing artists that she looks up to was very serile.


If you are in any of these fields and you did not attend, you missed out on an opportunity of a lifetime.

The Panels were very informative the workshops had multiple brilliant minds conducting them and the speed mentoring was priceless

The keynote speakers provided information that you would have to invest thousands of dollars to receive or to learn in school and they gave this information that many who have been in the industry for years have not learned yet.

Sunday, August 20, 2017, was day 2 of the Global Mixx Film and Music Forum, aspiring artists, actors/actresses and professionals in the industry came out to show their support of this amazing event now in its 11th year. 

Informative panels like the image and fashion panel gave attendees insight on how important image and the structure of fashion can be to a career as well as can be a career within itself.  Black Ink Chicago’s tattoo artist extraordinaire Van Johnson and owner of ChicaGorilla Clothing offered his expertise and guidance to the attendees. He stated that after becoming a successful tattoo artist he decided to branch into another realm and the creation of ChicaGorilla Clothing was the next step in his quest to becoming the quintessential entrepreneur.  

In lieu of performances, Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher added an artist critique session where aspiring Artists who attended the event had the opportunity to have their music critiqued by some of Chicago’s most notable producers like Blok Club DJs CEO DJ Slugo, SNS Chicago’s Steve “Silk” Hurley and Shannon “Skip” Syas, Sirius XM’s Foxxhole resident Mixologist/Producer Hugo H and even artist Ben One took advantage of the session as well as offered his critiquing expertise. 

The History of Hip Hop panel featuring Khris First Lady Hutchinson and Ang13 focused on the state of the music coming out of Chicago and how things are certainly changing for artists from Chicago.  While Chance The Rapper is currently at the forefront of people’s minds with the accolades he’s been receiving as well as the fact he has made significant success as an independent artist.  The session got a bit heated for a moment when the subject came up that most artists from Chicago have actually left the city before they actually “made it” but however true that may have been in the past the panel made it clear that “times are changing” and people can thank the evolving of technology for that. 

Lastly, the keynote speaker of the event was Chicago’s very own Twista. Mary Datcher and Twista had an intimate conversation about his life, career and his legacy as one of Chicago’s most notable successes to rise out of the city musically. One interesting fact about Twista they discussed was even though he was a very successful artist and had been sought by and worked with many artists from Chicago such as Kanye West, Do or Die, the late Johnny P and R. Kelly, he never left Chicago. 

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Twista originally known as TungTwista dropped the Tung and kept Twista because it just made sense, explained how his style of rap came about and made it clear that he means no disrespect to other artists whose style of rap is “similar” to his, he relishes in the fact that he was the first to ever do it.  

At the end of the day the GlobalMixx Film and Music Forum did not disappoint those who were taking their aspirations and careers into their own hands seriously.  Knowledge is POWER!! 

EarHustle411 thanks Mary Datcher, Erica Porter and the GlobalMixx staff for their hospitality yet again for allowing us to be media partners in the event as it enters its 11th year. Special shout out to Chef Tyler who kept everyone’s stomachs full with the delicious food they provided.  Mostly, the residents of Chicago has a definite gem embedded in this event. 

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