06. January 2019 - 16:00 till 19:30
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QUEEN'S OF COLOR | Richmond Studios | Sunday, 06. January 2019

Rukus Presents: 
Queens of Color: Be loved & Be loved 
Is a social panel highlighting the journey of Black women across the globe from different ages, shades and walks of life. An enviroment where all shades of Black women can share their experiences with one another with the purpose of empowerment and celebration.  

Rukus made a splash on the scene in 2006 when the hit single “African Queen” received airplay in the U.S., U.K., Nigeria, and Ghana and was chosen to be included in part of a United Nations compilation album with proceeds to aid in the fight against poverty. The same year he was nominated for a Nigerian Entertainment Award (NEA). Rukus re-emerged the next year both in the U.S. and Nigeria appearing on the #1 song in Nigeria, Nigerian legend Eldee’s 2008 chart-topping hit, “Big Boy” (Remix). Later that year, he released the “Can’t Forget” LP which featured the touching classic about single-motherhood called “Everyday”, a track listed as #50 in HipHopCritic’s Top 100 Songs of 2008.

In 2010, Oakland radio picked up Rukus’ touching tribute surrounding police brutality entitled “Dear Tatiana”; the song served as a rallying cry for Oakland residents outraged by the murder of Oscar Grant. Award winning actress, Zendaya, hailed the song as Rukus creatively touched on the effects of brutality while honoring the legacy of Grant; the song would go on to be considered for placement in the Forrest Whitaker directed movie Fruitvale Station. In 2011 Rukus caught the eye of Nigerian super producer Don Jazzy and was chosen as a finalist for his Enigma competition from over 3000 entries. Finally, in 2012, Rukus' lyrical artistry caught the notice of Trybe Records CEO, Eldee, who inked him to a multi-album deal and named him General Manager of the label. Returning to America as an independent artist, Rukus has focused on making empowering music with more recent releases addressing high school bullying, human trafficking in Libya, and the effects of body shaming on young African girls.

Outside of music, Rukus is known as Kingsley Okafor and is known as a dynamic leader with experience designing creative technology solutions across multiple industries and platforms. Over 10 years combined experience in management and executive roles in both the mortgage/banking and music industries with hands-on experience in developing and implementing proprietary technology solutions from the ground-up for one of the largest banks in the world as well as one of the largest independent distributors of music in Africa.