Performances From Dap-Kings And The Lumineers Lead White Hose Festival "South By South Lawn"
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:19:24
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Yesterday, the festival known as "South by South Lawn" took place at the White House. Dap-Kings, without Sharon Jones, and The Lumineers performed, there was a student film festival, and Leonardo DiCaprio talked climate change with President Barack Obama.
The Washington Post reports, ""South by South Lawn will challenge young leaders to build on our progress toward an America that is more tolerant, fair, and full of opportunities," the White House said in September when the event was announced."
"The themes of fairness and opportunity featured prominently at the festival. During a discussion on "fixing real problems" using technology, a panel of entrepreneurs bemoaned the lack of diversity in terms of race, gender and education at tech companies. If the only tech firms that get founded and funded are run by white men from top colleges, then those companies will never solve problems faced by large swaths of the population who don't fit that description, panelists said."
"That is why I think it's important we have entrepreneurs from different backgrounds. . . ." said Jukay Hsu, the founder of Coalition for Queens, a nonprofit that promotes tech education and careers. "Their perspective and what they want to create and the issues they're trying to tackle will be very different.""
The festival ended with the premiere of Leonardo DiCaprio's climate change documentary "Before The Flood", Mogwai and Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross scored the film. Just before its unveiling, Obama, Dicaprio, and climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe discussed climate change.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff