The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is excited to host Dr. Amena Johnson and DJ Heat for a lecture and sound salon.
You're invited to this special Hip Hop lecture by Georgetown University professor Amena Johnson and Washington Mystic's own "DJ Heat" as they connect over fifty years of music with the social and political connection to LGBTQ artists and events. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon filled with Hip Hop and pure joy at MLK Library.
About Dr. Amena Johnson
Dr. Amena Johnson has deeply committed to youth, social justice, advocacy, and educational equity throughout her career. She specializes in training, facilitation, and curriculum development. Amena has extensive experience as a non-profit and social services leader and higher education student affairs professional. She has engaged communities in dialogue and learning around: urban bias, intersectionality, the intergenerational workplace, LGBTQ topics, and diversity and inclusion in educational and nonprofit organizations.
Dr. Johnson is the Executive Director of Hope in a Box (HIAB). HIAB equips with LGBTQ-inclusive books, curriculum, training, and mentorship. She has a long-standing career in higher education and was the Assistant Director at George Mason University’s LGBTQ Resource Center. Dr. Johnson also served as the Interim Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education from 2015 – 2016 at George Mason University. Before George Mason, she was Director of Programs at Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL), a youth center for LGBTQ youth ages 13-21. Amena was also a Community Initiatives Associate at the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN).
Amena received a BFA in Drama Therapy from Longwood University. She also received an MS in Organizational Leadership and Ed.D in Higher Education Leadership from Wilmington University.
About DJ Heat
The nation’s capitol has a hometown hero that spins, scratches, and blends music while
staunchly staying true to her roots. You can’t mute D.C. and you can’t mute DJ Heat. This skilled
talent was just 13-years-old when she first discovered her interest in DJing. She then went from
fantasizing about spinning records to the real thing.
She doesn’t just pride herself on her stellar musically laced career; Heat also revels in providing
experiences. She often does so onstage while DJing for Grammy winning songstress Mya and,
also for Grammy nominated songstress Carolyn Malachi.
DJ Heat furthered her career by stepping into the sports world, and her current position as the
official DJ for the 2019 WNBA Champion Washington Mystics and the NBA’s Washington
Wizards. DJ Heat broke barriers by becoming the first ever female DJ for the Washington
Wizards, and one of only 3 female DJs in the entire NBA. She’s continued to make waves in the
sports industry by DJing the 2020 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in Chicago, the entire 2020
WNBA “Wubble” season in Florida, the 2021 WNBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas, and the 2022
NBA Japan Games in Tokyo.
There’s still much to come for this true talent who masterfully mixes aptness and art. She’s only
scratched the surface. As proven in 2021 when Washingtonian named DJ Heat
Magazine as one of DC’s Top TikTok Stars, thanks to her videos that showcase DC’s signature
go-go sound. The music movement in Washington has shown that you can’t mute D.C, and you
also can’t mute DJ Heat.
|Mon, May 29||Closed|
|Tue, May 30||9:30AM to 9:00PM|
|Wed, May 31||9:30AM to 9:00PM|
|Thu, Jun 01||9:30AM to 9:00PM|
|Fri, Jun 02||9:30AM to 5:30PM|
|Sat, Jun 03||9:30AM to 5:30PM|
|Sun, Jun 04||1:00PM to 5:00PM|