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Melanin Music Monday x BEATS Week

Melanin Music Monday x BEATS Week 

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. | Red Barn 

Join the Cultural Center, University Libraries, and BEATS Week collaborators as we kick off an exciting week of events promoting entrepreneurship and wellness for all, especially our underrepresented students. In addition to opening remarks from Dr. Douglas Craddock, Jr., Vice President for Community Engagement/External Affairs, Melanin Music Monday x BEATS Week will feature lunch, community, and live performances by:

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Presenter & Performers

Dr. Douglas Craddock, Jr. serves as the Vice President for Community Engagement/External Affairs at the University of Louisville. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Alabama in Higher Education and Administration.

Dr. Craddock area of expertise is diversity, equity & inclusion, organization & administration, and community engagement. He has a passion for helping organizations and communities uncover practices, processes, and procedures that illuminate and elevate how individuals, teams, and groups can more effectively work together.




Singer-Songwriter Martha Ottaviano is an 18-year-old Louisville native RnB artist. Her influences come from Beyonce, Summer Walker, Alicia Keys, and more. Always interested in music since singing at her family member's weddings and participating in talent shows, she now has two singles and an ep released on all platforms. You can also find multiple remixes on YouTube. 






El Stephens is a 20-year-old Hip-Hop/R&B artist from Louisville, Kentucky. From smooth, introspective melodies to groovy, bouncy flows, his sound is unique and versatile in the local scene. While a business major at UofL, he is still frequently dropping new music, and his newest project "Like I Never Left" is available on all platforms.