Philadelphia-Native Questlove and Black-ish Star Tracee Ellis Ross Bolster B. PHL Innovation Festival Line-Up

Philadelphia October 11, 2019B. PHL, a new innovation festival being held in Philadelphia October 15-17, today announced the addition of Tracee Ellis Ross and Questlove to its list of speakers. Questlove is a musician, director and author known for his musical ventures with hip-hop group, The Roots, and their contributions to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Ross is an award-winning actress, producer, and CEO of Pattern Beauty — a haircare brand she created for the curly, coily and tight-textured masses.

Ross is most recently known for her lead role in the hit sitcom television series Black-ish, which is currently airing its sixth season. For her work on Black-ish, Ross has been honored with three NAACP Image Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. She has also received nominations for two Critics’ Choice Television Awards and three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Ross serves as an Executive Producer on the ABC comedy series “mixed-ish” and recently wrapped production on the Focus Features comedy COVERS alongside Dakota Johnson, which is set for a May 2020 release.

Ross has also previously been seen on the hit comedy series Girlfriends and the BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines. She has appeared in several other television series and films, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Broad City (alongside series co-creator, star and B. PHL speaker Abbi Jacobson), Grown-ish, Celebrity Family Feud, Hanging Up, I-See-You.Com, Daddy’s Little Girls, and more. She has been featured in multiple music videos with popular artists including Kanye West, Drake, and Tyler, The Creator.

Ross will discuss her experience filming and starring on Black-ish, which has been praised for tackling topical issues. She will also discuss her thoughts on innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial pursuits through the launch of Pattern Beauty.

Ross will speak on October 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. at Entercom (2400 Market St., Philadelphia).

Questlove will discuss the upcoming release of his new cookbook, Mixtape Potluck, publishing October 15. He will share insights on the creative relationship between music, food and culture and reflect on his experiences in the music industry.

A five-time GRAMMY Award winning musician, Questlove is also the Musical Director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He helped co-produce the GRAMMY Award winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton and will executive produce an upcoming Broadway musical based on Soul Train. Questlove and The Roots member Black Thought are also executive producing a new documentary series, Hip-Hop: The Songs That Shook America, launching on AMC this fall under their production company, Two One Five Entertainment.

In addition to Mixtape Potluck, Questlove has released three books including the New York Times bestseller Mo’ Meta BluesSoul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation, the James Beard-nominated somethingtofoodabout, and his most recent release, another New York Times bestseller, Creative Quest. He also recently launched a new endeavor, Questlove’s Cheesesteak™ made with Impossible™ 2.0, a plant-based version of the traditional beefsteak recipe.

Questlove will speak on October 17 at 1:20 p.m. at The Curtis Institute of Music (1726 Locust St., Philadelphia).

B. PHL will feature three jam-packed days of interactive workshops, sessions, and exhibits focused on arts and culture, science, business, social impact, health care, and more. With the purchase of a badge, attendees will gain access to the full suite of festival events and locations, all of which are walkable and accessible by public transportation. However, events may fill up and having a badge does not guarantee admission to every B.PHL event.

For more information about the festival, event schedules, and to keep updated on the latest news, such as added participants, tickets, and more, visit and follow B. PHL on Instagram @bphlfest, Twitter @BPHLFest, and Facebook @BPHLFest.


About B. PHL

The three-day B. PHL festival is designed to build the city’s reputation as the most innovative city on the East Coast – a true place of choice for those looking to inspire new ideas, make connections, and ignite novel ways of doing things. Locations around Philadelphia will hold interactive workshops, sessions, exhibits, and events highlighting innovation in fields like health care, technology, engineering, art, music, film, and more. B. PHL is partnering with and highlighting organizations throughout the region, local entrepreneurs and individual innovators including The City of Philadelphia, leading universities and colleges, large and small nonprofits, Fortune 500 companies, and community outreach organizations. To keep updated on the latest news about the festival, such as added participants, locations, tickets, and more, visit

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