Namaste. Greetings. Peace.

Welcome to my world. I have been documenting, archiving, and curating hip-hop for 25 years. With this website I offer you a glimpse of my work and hope that you will be inspired to preserve hip-hop culture.

Mother

I’m blessed to be the mother of two wonderful girls…my heart and soul. They are smart, self-aware, loving, and full of potential.

Feminist

I have been an advocate and supporter of women’s rights and issues particularly, women in hip-hop. I have celebrated our achievements and created the Ladies First grant, the first micro-grant for women hip-hop social entrepreneurs.
L-R: Me, Lauryn Hill, Rahiel Tesfamariam, and Imani Perry

Mentor

I have cultivated both young women and men in order to develop our existing pool of hip-hop talent and usher the next generation of leaders.  

Community Organizer

In 2002, I began my journey as a community organizer and founded the H2O (Hip-Hop Odyssey) International Film Festival, the first and largest festival of its kind.

Archivist

Although I specialize in media preservation, I am interested in saving cultural material. I make quilts using hip-hop t-shirts.

Social Entrepreneur

My enterprising and innovative spirit for social change can be traced back to my teens. Through the Hip-Hop Education Center, I’m building my community, professionalizing a movement, and developing a field and marketplace.

Researcher/ Community Scholar

Conducted the first national scan of hip-hop education programs. Completed a 3-yr appointment as a Columbia University Community Scholar. Heading to Harvard University as a Hiphop Archive Research Institute and Nasir Jones Fellow.  

Media Producer

I started my career as an intern at Yo! MTV Raps; I worked in Hollywood productions; and ultimately decided to become an independent producer.

Curator

I’ve been a guest curator at the Museum of the Moving Image, Center for Justice at Columbia University and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences