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New Fellowship at USC!

Commencing this August I will be at USC working on my passion projects. Looking forward to working with the students, faculty, administrators, and community and fellow cohort members. Go Trojans!!

More about the Civic Media Fellowship: With amazing support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, AnnLab has launched a fellowship program to empower social entrepreneurs, artists, activists, scholars and other catalysts to increase awareness, understanding and engagement around pressing areas of public interest, with particular attention to underrepresented communities and their ideas. The fellows are emerging leaders in leveraging digital and popular culture, media and technology for social progress, and come from diverse perspectives, communities and areas of practice. Website

Hip-Hop Reinvents Everything

June 22, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Presented in conjunction with the America Now festival celebrating Hip-Hop Culture (Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.). 

This program is made possible thanks to the David H. Horowitz Fund, established by the Susan and David Horowitz Foundation for Lemelson Center programs on musical creativity and innovation. Following the panel, J Rawls will engage with visitors in the Bronx section of Places of Invention.

Venue: American History Museum

Event Location: Coulter Plaza, first floor, west wing

Cost: Free

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HIP-HOP AS ACTIVIST MEGAPHONE

A Discussion with Talib Kweli, Jasiri X, and Martha Diaz

WED, MAY 22, 2019 / 7:00-9:00PM

@Annenberg Space for Photography

==mart2000 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Some of the most prominent and consequential voices in hip-hop will engage in a discussion about music and activism and how each platform can help to serve the other. Talib Kweli is a rapper and activist whose new memoir Vibrate Higher traces his evolution as an artist – from his early days in Brooklyn to the launch of Javotti Media. He will be joined by hip-hop artist Jasiri X, whose deep involvement with the national Movement for Black Lives has led to invitations from prestigious institutions such as Harvard University and Stanford to share his views about anti-violence, race, and politics. Martha Diaz is a community organizer, media producer, and educator whose passion for social justice inspired her to co-design the first online hip-hop high school. This special evening will be moderated by USC Annenberg’s Director of the Institute for Diversity and Empowerment Taj Frazier.

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A Conversation With Latinos on Race |NYT Op-Docs

I had the honor to participate in a very important conversation about race. It was hard to discuss how racism has plagued and shaped my family but I had to do this to instill love and self-confidence, and change my children’s trajectory. This NYT Op-Docs piece was produced by Joe Brewster, Blair Foster and Michéle Stephenson.

Flatbush + Main Podcast: Hip-Hop in Brooklyn

Archives: July 2016 | Co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia examine the history and evolution of hip hop in Brooklyn. Joined by Wes Jackson, founder and Executive Director of the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, we consider how Brooklyn shaped the trajectory of this powerful cultural genre – and how hip hop, in turn, shaped Brooklyn and Brooklynites. We chat with media producer, archivist, and educator Martha Diaz about what it means to document and archive such a multilayered and global movement as hip hop. Finally, in the “Voices of Brooklyn” segment, we listen to author, filmmaker, and cultural critic Nelson George describe how hip hop communities operated on the ground in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Fort Greene.