Patrice Rushen is a Special Guest for AfroComicCon

Patrice Rushen

Patrice Rushen is an award-winning musician and composer who is also one of the most sought-after artists in the music industry. She is a classically trained pianist who originally found success in the 70’s and 80’s with her signature fusion of jazz, pop, and R&B. During this era, she composed and recorded the hit song, Forget Me Nots which has been frequently covered and sampled by other artists, among them, actor Will Smith for the title song of the film Men In Black. Rushen is also a four-time, Grammy nominee who has composed scores for movies and television. She has been the first female musical director for many of the entertainment industry’s top award shows, which include the Grammy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the People’s Choice Awards, the NAACP Image Awards and HBO’s Comic Relief V.

Considered one of the world’s top jazz pianists, she has performed with many artists. Among them are such esteemed names as Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Nancy Wilson, Ndugu Chancler, Carlos Santana, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Ritenour and George Duke. She is a record producer and an award-winning composer of symphonic music, some of which was commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Rushen is the ”Ambassador For Artistry In Education” at Boston’s Berklee College of Music and is the Chair of the Popular Music Program at USC’s Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.

Patrice’s music remains among the most played on dance floors and radio stations in the US and abroad.


AfroComicCon​‘s 1st virtual convention will be held on October 24, 2020. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the annual event started in 2017 by the ​Oakland Technology & Education Center (OTEC), ​will be held virtually and free through a portal on the organization’s website. Sponsored by the NNPA, the ​Oakland A’s, and Pixar Entertainment, AfroComicCon promises to be a day full of exciting panels, screenings, entertainment, gaming, cosplay and special guests. The 12-hour event is currently slated to be live-streamed across multiple platforms including YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook. You can register now.