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Challenging Expectations of the World Through Kids Music

January 9, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

Join us in our discussion with Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd of two time Grammy-nominated group Alphabet Rockers and Amelia Robinson of Mil’s Trills. During this open format dialogue, we will discuss how to begin a conversation about current issues through music and how to connect a community of kids and parents both locally and internationally. We will dive into topics such as racial identity, gender identity, emotional identity, representation in children’s media and more. Expect to leave this event with an understanding of how Alphabet Rockers and Mil’s Trills are giving kids space to think about these subjects through song. Audience members will engage in an activity discussing racial identity and will have a chance to hear more about the work of these incredible artists. This event will be moderated by Briana Jinadu, child communication specialist and CMA Director of Events. If you want to make content that will impact kids, you won’t want to miss this discussion.

Date and Time: Thursday, January 9th; 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Retro Report; 633 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017

Price: Free for members/$10 for non-members

About our Speakers

Alphabet RockersAlphabet Rockers make music that makes change. Founded by Kaitlin McGaw (she/her) and Tommy Shepherd (he/him), this intergenerational group creates brave spaces to shape a more equitable world through hip hop. Their GRAMMY nominated 2018 album, Rise Shine #Woke reached 300K kids and families since its release, inspiring American kids to stand up to hate and be their brave and beautiful selves. Their second GRAMMY nominated album The Love (2019) lifts up voices of the trans, two-spirit and gender non-conforming communities. On The Love, you hear the intergenerational sound of the Rockers, with Kali de Jesus (he/him), Lillian Ellis (she/her/hers), Maya Fleming (she/her), and Tommy Shepherd III (he/him) joining McGaw & Shepherd in anthems for change.




Mils Trils

 Mil’s Trills is led by Amelia Robinson, a Suzuki trained musician in piano and voice. Robinson’s background in music theory shines through in richly layered and musically complex songs that are both accessible and unique. Mil’s Trills has been invited to perform at prominent venues, including Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Brooklyn Museum, Tribeca Film Festival, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 92Y Tribeca, JCC, South Street Seaport with Sesame Street’s Gordon and Elmo, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Mil’s Trills is dedicated to creating positive inclusive experiences for families and young audiences around the world.


January 9, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
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Retro Report
633 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017