A Conference to Celebrate & Elevate the Power of Hip Hop at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
NEXT MOVEMENTS/GLOBAL MOVES
Hip Hop has been soundtrack for protests in the streets across the globe. So what does Hip Hop for social transformation and civic engagement look like for you? And how are is Hip Hop making moves to spark social change by playing a vital role in transformative education?
Check out how Hip Hop artists and educators around the globe are proving that Hip Hop will continue to be a powerful force in education in various contexts.
NEXT MOVEMENTS & GLOBAL MOVES SPEAKERS
TONI BLACKMAN, the first U.S. Hip Hop Ambassador with the U.S. Department of State, has traveled to 48 countries speaking, teaching, and performing. This rapper/poet, director, and producer, received fellowships from Echoing Green Foundation, OSI, and served as a Visiting Scholar at NYU and was one of the first rap artist-in-residence at several institutions. Highly respected for her Hip Hop Activism work as the creator of Rhyme like a Girl and the Freestyle Union Cypher Workshop, Toni is a leading expert on Cypher.
JUNIOUS L. BRICKHOUSE
Next Level USA Director
Meridian International Center, along with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, work closely with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs on Next Level, a cultural diplomacy program that focuses on building global community through Hip Hop culture.
James An is an independent hip hop artist based in South Korea. He is a graduate of HGSE and one of the founders of this conference.
CEO & Artist, FEEL GHOOD MUSIC
Tiger JK (Drunken Tiger) is a hip hop artist, producer, philanthropist, activist, and CEO at FEEL GHOOD MUSIC.
Founder of CodeBronx and working in tech. education for more than 13 years, he truly believes in equity for all youth throughout New York City. Being raised in the South Bronx, birthplace of Hip-hop, he witnessed and experienced first hand how inequities affect communities of color.
VINCENT DEAS & JASON ACOSTA
NYCDOE program manager
Jason Acosta is a proud native of the South Bronx and a true advocate for education reform. Vincent Deas is I am a proud father, an innovator, a thinker, and most importantly, a child of the African Diaspora dedicated to the liberation of Black people.
Musician & Psychologist
I'm a Chilean Musician and Psychologist, strongly interested in the intersection of arts, education and human development. My passion is to use my experience as a musician and producer to create new and innovative educational experiences.
JAMILA SAMS, MA.ED
We Do it for the Culture™
Jamila Sams, Ed.M. has 20+ years of experience in educational leadership, youth development, and nonprofit management. Jamila recently launched the We Do it for the Culture™ Curriculum; a culturally responsive social emotional learning curriculum grounded in hip hop culture.
Hip Hop activist and practitioner. Working on involving youth, vulnerable groups, and community building through creating and discussing the cultural aspects of Hip Hop. In addition, in her graduate thesis, she explored Hip Hop stereotyping in media, focusing on Montenegro – her home country.
DR. DURELL COOPER
President & CEO, Cultural Innovation Group, LLC
Dr. Durell Cooper, Ed.D is the Founder and CEO of Cultural Innovation Group; a boutique consulting agency specializing in systems change and collaborative thought leadership.