2015 Emmy Contender: Television Academy Chooses Derrick Ashong’s ‘TakeBack the Mic’ as 1 of 3 Finalists!

Derrick Ashong Take Back the MicCongratulations to Derrick Ashong who we first introduced to the Ladybrille audience in 2008, and have shared some of his amazing achievements over the years.

The Television Academy has chosen Ashong’s ‘Take Back the Mic’ as one of three 2015 Emmy Contender finalists in the juried category of ‘Original Interactive Programming.’

“Ashong was born in a house in Ghana with no running water, made it to Harvard, and on to work with greats like Oprah, Spielberg and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics. His life as a performer inspired him to create a show that revealed the streets of the world from an artist’s-eye view. Imagine Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, but for the millennial set, using Hip Hop music instead of food as the entry point into the hearts and minds of the local community.

Take Back the Mic works directly with the platform, on which fans listen to, watch and “amp” the artists’ songs and videos to their social media profiles and gain points for doing so. The fans “greenlit” 9 semifinalist artist profile episodes, ultimately sending the top 3 acts to the finale, where the 3 top-scoring fans joined them.”

Watch a short intro and the entire half-hour inaugural season below:

Short Intro.

Take Back the Mic: The World Cup of Hip Hop is a global music competition that puts fans in the driver’s seat to discover and promote the best hip hop artists from around the world. Using the platform, Take Back the Mic will not only reward the artists but also their best fans.

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Audio Crew – TBTM Semi-Finalist (Brasil)

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Nazareno – TBTM Semi-Finalist (Colombia)

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O Comboio RJ – TBTM Finalist (Brasil)Derrick Ashong Take Back the Mic

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