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Dr. Niama T. Malachi hails from humble beginnings. With insurmountable determination and drive, she has forged through many obstacles. She recently attained a Doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In addition, she holds the position of Director of Performance Improvement, under the umbrella of a Fortune 500 company; she is also one of the youngest Directors in the organization. Dr. Malachi’s advocacy and activism is focused towards mental health services for underserved populations and the use of Hip Hop as a catalyst for social change. Her pioneering research initiatives involve Hip Hop and its impact on the black community, with over five years of concentrated experience on this topic. Dr. Malachi is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she served as the co-chair of the Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter’s Social Action Committee. In this capacity, she also co-chaired the award winning State of Black Male/Female Relationships Conference. Dr. Niama T. Malachi is driven to provide mental health services for undeserved populations. She continues to relentlessly construct ingenious methods in her approach.

Dr. Niama T. Malachi hails from humble beginnings. With insurmountable determination and drive, she has forged through many obstacles. She recently attained a Doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In addition, she holds the position of Director of Performance Improvement, under the umbrella of a Fortune 500 company; she is also one of the youngest Directors in the organization. Dr. Malachi’s advocacy and activism is focused towards mental health services for underserved populations and the use of Hip Hop as a catalyst for social change. Her pioneering research initiatives involve Hip Hop and its impact on the black community, with over five years of concentrated experience on this topic. Dr. Malachi is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she served as the co-chair of the Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter’s Social Action Committee. In this capacity, she also co-chaired the award winning State of Black Male/Female Relationships Conference. Dr. Niama T. Malachi is driven to provide mental health services for undeserved populations. She continues to relentlessly construct ingenious methods in her approach.

ERICKA BLOUNT DANOIS, an award-winning journalist, writer, editor, and professor began her career as a stringer at the Philadelphia Tribune with a cover story on the king of Philadelphia International Records, Kenny Gamble.

Ericka graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and has worked as a staff writer, editor, freelancer, and stringer for a number of publications including: Spin, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Heart and Soul, Uptown, The City Sun, City Paper, Vibe, Wax Poetics, The Source, and online publications such as AOL and Newsone.com. She teaches at the Philip Merrill School of Journalism at the University of Maryland. 
She has interviewed cultural figures such as Cuban President Fidel Castro, Andy Rooney, Ed Koch, Andre Harrell, Zane, and Johnnie Cochran and film and television provocateurs such as David Simon, Ed Burns, and Ernest Dickerson. She’s interviewed reformed criminals like “Little Melvin Williams,” celebrity athletes like Patrick Ewing, Bernard Hopkins, Ryan Howard, Oscar De La Hoya, Dominique Wilkins, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Caron Butler, and ordinary people doing extraordinary things, like Jason Pipoly, who swam the English Channel as a paraplegic adult, after failing to cross it as a swimmer as an able-bodied child.

 She has covered race, culture, politics, and music producing feature and cover stories on musical luminaries such as The Roots, Tricky, Damien Marley, Nas, Olu Dara, Jay-Z, Quincy Jones, LL Cool J, Rakim, Tupac, Earth, Wind & Fire, Anthony Hamilton, R. Kelly, Run DMC, Horace Silver, De La Soul, The Fugees, Talib Kweli, Jennifer Hudson, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Ann Nesby, Jackie McLean, and James Mtume, among others. 

 Her cover story on Earth, Wind and Fire was selected to appear in the annual series, the book, “Best Music Writing of 2012,” with guest editor Questlove.

She has contributed essays to books, such as the “The Regional Guide to Hip Hop,” where she focused on regional style, fashion, and lyrics of Queens born hip hop artists. 

 Her first book, “Love, Peace and Soooooouul!” The Behind the Scenes Story of America’s Favorite Dance Show, will be published in 2013 by Backbeat Books.
As a journalist, she’s examined public and private school education, the crime beat in Atlantic City and Brooklyn, covered rape trials of celebrities, the plight of black farmers, health disparities in the black community, world renowned architects, women in porn, boxing matches, restaurant food in exotic locales, and birthday parties for DeShawn Stevenson and Gilbert Arenas. She has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, New Jersey newspapers, and Deadline Scholarship club from Columbia University. To view her CV click  here.

ERICKA BLOUNT DANOIS, an award-winning journalist, writer, editor, and professor began her career as a stringer at the Philadelphia Tribune with a cover story on the king of Philadelphia International Records, Kenny Gamble.

Ericka graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and has worked as a staff writer, editor, freelancer, and stringer for a number of publications including: Spin, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Heart and Soul, Uptown, The City Sun, City Paper, Vibe, Wax Poetics, The Source, and online publications such as AOL and Newsone.com. She teaches at the Philip Merrill School of Journalism at the University of Maryland. 

She has interviewed cultural figures such as Cuban President Fidel Castro, Andy Rooney, Ed Koch, Andre Harrell, Zane, and Johnnie Cochran and film and television provocateurs such as David Simon, Ed Burns, and Ernest Dickerson. She’s interviewed reformed criminals like “Little Melvin Williams,” celebrity athletes like Patrick Ewing, Bernard Hopkins, Ryan Howard, Oscar De La Hoya, Dominique Wilkins, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Caron Butler, and ordinary people doing extraordinary things, like Jason Pipoly, who swam the English Channel as a paraplegic adult, after failing to cross it as a swimmer as an able-bodied child.

She has covered race, culture, politics, and music producing feature and cover stories on musical luminaries such as The Roots, Tricky, Damien Marley, Nas, Olu Dara, Jay-Z, Quincy Jones, LL Cool J, Rakim, Tupac, Earth, Wind & Fire, Anthony Hamilton, R. Kelly, Run DMC, Horace Silver, De La Soul, The Fugees, Talib Kweli, Jennifer Hudson, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Ann Nesby, Jackie McLean, and James Mtume, among others.

Her cover story on Earth, Wind and Fire was selected to appear in the annual series, the book, “Best Music Writing of 2012,” with guest editor Questlove.

She has contributed essays to books, such as the “The Regional Guide to Hip Hop,” where she focused on regional style, fashion, and lyrics of Queens born hip hop artists. 

Her first book, “Love, Peace and Soooooouul!” The Behind the Scenes Story of America’s Favorite Dance Show, will be published in 2013 by Backbeat Books.

As a journalist, she’s examined public and private school education, the crime beat in Atlantic City and Brooklyn, covered rape trials of celebrities, the plight of black farmers, health disparities in the black community, world renowned architects, women in porn, boxing matches, restaurant food in exotic locales, and birthday parties for DeShawn Stevenson and Gilbert Arenas. She has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, New Jersey newspapers, and Deadline Scholarship club from Columbia University. To view her CV click here.

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Leida “LADY SOL” Garcia is a street dance professional from Chicago globally recognized as a Dance Director, Producer, Manager, and Educator. Lady Sol’s professional credits include work on MTV, BET, UPN, NBC, and WGN, alongside music super-stars Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, Ini Kamoze, Lauryn Hill, Bounty Killa, Rayvon, Blackstreet, Baby Cham, Patra, Heavy D. and many more. Leida’s career highlights include the creative direction and development of Chicago’s internationally recognized, FootworKINGz. FWK specializes in Chicago’s unique style of speedy lower body “footwork.” FWK has appeared on Verizon Wireless and Nike commercials under the direction of famed choreographer Fatima Robinson. They have been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, Red Bulletin, NBC News, and cover stories in Chicago’s Tribune & Red Eye papers. Various FWK members toured on Madonna’s “Sticky & Sweet” World Tour 08-09 and appeared with Will.I.Am on the Teen Choice Awards 2011. FWK is presently featured in Maejor Ali’s (feat. Justin Bieber) “Lolly,” C2C’s “Happy,” Willow Smith’s (feat. Nicki Minaj) “Fireball” and Trina’s “Long Heels” music videos. Other FWK credits include VH1-Honors with Missy Elliott, Ellen’s “Really Big Show” in Vegas (TBS), Cedric the Entertainer’s Urban Circus (TBS), Top 10 on “America’s Got Talent,” and MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.” Lady Sol is the Executive Producer & Assistant Director of the independently released FootworKINGz “Take Flight” DVD, the 1st footwork & Juke music culture directed by Helton “Brazil” Siquiera. The DVD also released in Japan and has been sold on FWK’s European Tours at Juste Debout in Paris, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Oslo, and London. Lady Sol is a also a Co-Founder of Kuumba Lynx, Chicago’s pioneering arts education non- profit organization that empowers young people through the cultivation of Hip-Hop arts. In 2013, she produced “Braid Tales” Kuumba Lynx’ new urban theater production hosted at Governor’s State University’s Performing Arts Center. Other Lady Sol productions include numerous dance showcases and competitions such as “Dance Down to Chris Brown” at UIC Pavilion, Navy Pier’s New Years Eve Celebrations (‘09-’11), and Brave New Voices “So Fresh & So Green Festival, Chicago.” Lady Sol is presently directing and producing a new FootworKINGz theatrical production that fuses sound, movement and Chicago narratives. This new work will premiere at the 1st Theater International Festival, “One Mic” in DC, April 2014. “Culture, dance and storytelling motivate me. I would like the outcome of my efforts to focus on inviting global audiences to feel, share, and engage through performances, dialogue and workshops,” says the passionate Latina.
www.footworkingz.com

Leida “LADY SOL” Garcia is a street dance professional from Chicago globally recognized as a Dance Director, Producer, Manager, and Educator. Lady Sol’s professional credits include work on MTV, BET, UPN, NBC, and WGN, alongside music super-stars Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, Ini Kamoze, Lauryn Hill, Bounty Killa, Rayvon, Blackstreet, Baby Cham, Patra, Heavy D. and many more. Leida’s career highlights include the creative direction and development of Chicago’s internationally recognized, FootworKINGz. FWK specializes in Chicago’s unique style of speedy lower body “footwork.” FWK has appeared on Verizon Wireless and Nike commercials under the direction of famed choreographer Fatima Robinson. They have been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, Red Bulletin, NBC News, and cover stories in Chicago’s Tribune & Red Eye papers. Various FWK members toured on Madonna’s “Sticky & Sweet” World Tour 08-09 and appeared with Will.I.Am on the Teen Choice Awards 2011. FWK is presently featured in Maejor Ali’s (feat. Justin Bieber) “Lolly,” C2C’s “Happy,” Willow Smith’s (feat. Nicki Minaj) “Fireball” and Trina’s “Long Heels” music videos. Other FWK credits include VH1-Honors with Missy Elliott, Ellen’s “Really Big Show” in Vegas (TBS), Cedric the Entertainer’s Urban Circus (TBS), Top 10 on “America’s Got Talent,” and MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.” Lady Sol is the Executive Producer & Assistant Director of the independently released FootworKINGz “Take Flight” DVD, the 1st footwork & Juke music culture directed by Helton “Brazil” Siquiera. The DVD also released in Japan and has been sold on FWK’s European Tours at Juste Debout in Paris, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Oslo, and London. Lady Sol is a also a Co-Founder of Kuumba Lynx, Chicago’s pioneering arts education non- profit organization that empowers young people through the cultivation of Hip-Hop arts. In 2013, she produced “Braid Tales” Kuumba Lynx’ new urban theater production hosted at Governor’s State University’s Performing Arts Center. Other Lady Sol productions include numerous dance showcases and competitions such as “Dance Down to Chris Brown” at UIC Pavilion, Navy Pier’s New Years Eve Celebrations (‘09-’11), and Brave New Voices “So Fresh & So Green Festival, Chicago.” Lady Sol is presently directing and producing a new FootworKINGz theatrical production that fuses sound, movement and Chicago narratives. This new work will premiere at the 1st Theater International Festival, “One Mic” in DC, April 2014. “Culture, dance and storytelling motivate me. I would like the outcome of my efforts to focus on inviting global audiences to feel, share, and engage through performances, dialogue and workshops,” says the passionate Latina.

www.footworkingz.com

Dubspot Instructor Spotlight - Video Profile: DJ Reborn (Chicago / Brooklyn)

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inmytimeisaconstruct:

TODAY!!! http://beatminerzradio.com/ 4p-6p!! Go, listen, tell somebody else to listen..lol!! Grab a friend, a cousin, an aunt!! 🙌🙌 #womeninHipHop #HipHop #SSF #BeatminerzRadio!! Hear music from @stahhr9 @yagirldynasty @dlaruemusic @nittyscottmc @rapsodymusic and sooooo many more..#owwww!! #rp #tellafriend #spreadtheword #weinhere!!

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TODAY!!! http://beatminerzradio.com/
4p-6p!! Go, listen, tell somebody else to listen..lol!! Grab a friend, a cousin, an aunt!! 🙌🙌 #womeninHipHop #HipHop #SSF #BeatminerzRadio!! Hear music from @stahhr9 @yagirldynasty @dlaruemusic @nittyscottmc @rapsodymusic and sooooo many more..#owwww!! #rp #tellafriend #spreadtheword #weinhere!!

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Reservoir’s own SVP of Creative and Business Development, FAITH NEWMAN has long been known for her impressive resume in the world of hip-hop A&R.  Now, she is immortalized in hip-hop culture as one of Complex magazine’s 25 Best A&Rs in Hip-Hop History.
The nod, which came as a surprise to Newman, places the long-time hip-hop officianado alongside other industry heavyweights like Irv Gotti,  L.A. Reid, Jimmy Iovine, Diddy, the late Chris Lighty, and others, several of whom Newman has worked with and befriended over the years. It should be noted that Faith is one of just three women honored (the others are Sylvia Robinson, who signed the first commercially successful hip-hop group, The Sugar Hill Gang, before working with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, and Monica Lynch, honored alongside Tom Silverman for the duo’s work with Queen Latifah, Naughty By Nature, and others).
Faith’s profile takes us through her enviable track record, starting with a gig at Def Jam before heading to Columbia Records where she signed the rapper Nas.  Eventually, Faith found her way to Reservoir, where her A&R expertise is put to work signing acts like hip-hop powerhouse 2 Chainz.

Reservoir’s own SVP of Creative and Business Development, FAITH NEWMAN has long been known for her impressive resume in the world of hip-hop A&R.  Now, she is immortalized in hip-hop culture as one of Complex magazine’s 25 Best A&Rs in Hip-Hop History.

The nod, which came as a surprise to Newman, places the long-time hip-hop officianado alongside other industry heavyweights like Irv Gotti,  L.A. Reid, Jimmy Iovine, Diddy, the late Chris Lighty, and others, several of whom Newman has worked with and befriended over the years. It should be noted that Faith is one of just three women honored (the others are Sylvia Robinson, who signed the first commercially successful hip-hop group, The Sugar Hill Gang, before working with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, and Monica Lynch, honored alongside Tom Silverman for the duo’s work with Queen Latifah, Naughty By Nature, and others).

Faith’s profile takes us through her enviable track record, starting with a gig at Def Jam before heading to Columbia Records where she signed the rapper Nas.  Eventually, Faith found her way to Reservoir, where her A&R expertise is put to work signing acts like hip-hop powerhouse 2 Chainz.

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RONI POET is a Spoken Word poet, Hip Hop emcee, visual artist, model, motivational speaker, international Radio Show Host, and education entrepreneur. Performances are an innovative mix of Hip Hop music, poetry, and live visual art. At 26 years young, Roni Poet has a B.A. of Liberal Arts degree in which she specialized in studio art, creative writing, and nonprofit professional studies. She also has a Masters in Education Instructional Design degree and is the CEO of Melanin Productions LLC - an arts production, marketing, and management company Roni Poet’s book To Be Read Aloud! Spoken Word Poetry to Inspire Statistics is for sale at www.ronipoet.com.

RONI POET is a Spoken Word poet, Hip Hop emcee, visual artist, model, motivational speaker, international Radio Show Host, and education entrepreneur. Performances are an innovative mix of Hip Hop music, poetry, and live visual art. At 26 years young, Roni Poet has a B.A. of Liberal Arts degree in which she specialized in studio art, creative writing, and nonprofit professional studies. She also has a Masters in Education Instructional Design degree and is the CEO of Melanin Productions LLC - an arts production, marketing, and management company Roni Poet’s book To Be Read Aloud! Spoken Word Poetry to Inspire Statistics is for sale at www.ronipoet.com.

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hiphopphotomuseum:

Happy 44th Birthday, Queen Latifah!
Photo by Al Pereira.

hiphopphotomuseum:

Happy 44th Birthday, Queen Latifah!

Photo by Al Pereira.

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inmytimeisaconstruct:

My second full length LP, “Bless Roxwell: evolutions” was all about embracing change and growth. Realizing now that I was #wakingup even back then..❤️✨, #tbt 2008. Again, no hard copies left but it’s still up on www.blessroxwell.bandcamp.com for download. #HipHop #whatido #music #MC #beatsandrhymes #mylife 💋

inmytimeisaconstruct:

My second full length LP, “Bless Roxwell: evolutions” was all about embracing change and growth. Realizing now that I was #wakingup even back then..❤️✨, #tbt 2008. Again, no hard copies left but it’s still up on www.blessroxwell.bandcamp.com for download. #HipHop #whatido #music #MC #beatsandrhymes #mylife 💋

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goddessjaz:

This is gonna be awesome sauce. Looking forward to seeing @DjChela @shanalovesall @circa95 @blessrox 👍

goddessjaz:

This is gonna be awesome sauce. Looking forward to seeing @DjChela @shanalovesall @circa95 @blessrox 👍

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Hanifa Mcqueen-Hudson aka B-Girl Bubbles gives us an insight into her Upbringing, Her time in the BBOYS & her Brand new Venture - ARTBREAKER.

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SHANNON MATESKY hails from Berkeley, California where she began as one of the youngest poetry slam champions in the Bay Area, at age 14. Shannon has since been apart of Brave New Voices College Tour, the final season of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and numerous stages across the country as a poet and actress. She has performed with many talents such as Talib Kweli, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Danny Hoch, Rachel McKibbens, George Watsky, Rafael Casal and countless others. Shannon also features in the award winning documentary 2nd Verse: The Rebirth of Poetry (Corduroy Media) and is author of her first solo play She Think She Grown.
An alumni of Depaul University’s Theatre School, Shannon holds a BFA in Acting. Some of her theatrical credits include,  A Raisin in the Sun (Merle Reskin), Electricidad (Merle Reskin),Welcome to Arroyo’s (ATC), Chicagoland and Hit The Wall (The Inconvenience), Sonnets for An Old Century (UrbanTheatre Co.), Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses (The Hypocrites) and The March(Steppenwolf Theatre). Shannon also assisted Chuck Smith in directing Race by David Mamet at the Goodman Theatre. Shannon is signed with Paonessa Talent Agency and recipient of the 2012 Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Alumni from Depaul Theatre School.
Shannon is also an activist and teacher that encourages forward movement toward enlightenment of consciousness. She works independently to develop curriculums that fit the demands of the current youth culture. Shannon has worked for organizations such as Young Chicago Authors, Youth Speaks, Step-Up Women’s Network, Kuumba Lynx and others, aiding young adults in technical and life skills. 
http://shannonmatesky.com

SHANNON MATESKY hails from Berkeley, California where she began as one of the youngest poetry slam champions in the Bay Area, at age 14. Shannon has since been apart of Brave New Voices College Tour, the final season of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and numerous stages across the country as a poet and actress. She has performed with many talents such as Talib Kweli, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Danny Hoch, Rachel McKibbens, George Watsky, Rafael Casal and countless others. Shannon also features in the award winning documentary 2nd Verse: The Rebirth of Poetry (Corduroy Media) and is author of her first solo play She Think She Grown.

An alumni of Depaul University’s Theatre School, Shannon holds a BFA in Acting. Some of her theatrical credits include,  A Raisin in the Sun (Merle Reskin), Electricidad (Merle Reskin),Welcome to Arroyo’s (ATC), Chicagoland and Hit The Wall (The Inconvenience), Sonnets for An Old Century (UrbanTheatre Co.), Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses (The Hypocrites) and The March(Steppenwolf Theatre). Shannon also assisted Chuck Smith in directing Race by David Mamet at the Goodman Theatre. Shannon is signed with Paonessa Talent Agency and recipient of the 2012 Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Alumni from Depaul Theatre School.

Shannon is also an activist and teacher that encourages forward movement toward enlightenment of consciousness. She works independently to develop curriculums that fit the demands of the current youth culture. Shannon has worked for organizations such as Young Chicago Authors, Youth Speaks, Step-Up Women’s Network, Kuumba Lynx and others, aiding young adults in technical and life skills. 

http://shannonmatesky.com

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SOFIA SNOW is an artist, educator, and community organizer who has the ability to see where there is lacking, and to create. In 2006, Sofía was titled the Spoken Word Artist of the Year by the Massachusetts Industry Committee Hip Hop Awards. This was just the beginning for Sofía, who at age 16, began teaching spoken word workshops for her peers as a tool to spread consciousness.
In the following two short years, Sofía has shared stages with Rakim to Willie Colón to Raheem DeVaughn, in front of audiences of thousands, and was honored with a full page spread in the Boston Globe. By 18, Sofía was accepted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a First Wave Scholar – a ground-breaking program that recruits and awards young artists from across the U.S. with full-tuition scholarships as members of the First Wave Hip Hop Theatre Ensemble. In 2011, she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Social Work, and was named Top 15 Inspiring Young Female Activists by Generation Progress.
Sofía has taken her passions (youth work, arts, and social justice) across the US, UK and Carribean – performing and using Hip Hop to make change. In 2013, the City of Boston officially resolved  February 28th as Sofía Snow Day; Snow was acknowledged as Cosmopolitan Magazine‘s Fun Fearless Female for April 2013; and Muzzle Magazine listed her as top 30 writers under 30.  Sofía is the co-founder of the Not Enough Mics Collaborative, a nationwide network of womyn artists. She is currently working for the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives as the Education & Outreach Coordinator for First Wave.
Sofía’s next project is the Handcrafted LP, to be released early 2014. In the meantime, she is releasing singles under the Handcrafted: Lost Tapes series. 
http://sofiasnow.com

SOFIA SNOW is an artist, educator, and community organizer who has the ability to see where there is lacking, and to create. In 2006, Sofía was titled the Spoken Word Artist of the Year by the Massachusetts Industry Committee Hip Hop Awards. This was just the beginning for Sofía, who at age 16, began teaching spoken word workshops for her peers as a tool to spread consciousness.

In the following two short years, Sofía has shared stages with Rakim to Willie Colón to Raheem DeVaughn, in front of audiences of thousands, and was honored with a full page spread in the Boston Globe. By 18, Sofía was accepted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a First Wave Scholar – a ground-breaking program that recruits and awards young artists from across the U.S. with full-tuition scholarships as members of the First Wave Hip Hop Theatre Ensemble. In 2011, she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Social Work, and was named Top 15 Inspiring Young Female Activists by Generation Progress.

Sofía has taken her passions (youth work, arts, and social justice) across the US, UK and Carribean – performing and using Hip Hop to make change. In 2013, the City of Boston officially resolved  February 28th as Sofía Snow Day; Snow was acknowledged as Cosmopolitan Magazine‘s Fun Fearless Female for April 2013; and Muzzle Magazine listed her as top 30 writers under 30.  Sofía is the co-founder of the Not Enough Mics Collaborative, a nationwide network of womyn artists. She is currently working for the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives as the Education & Outreach Coordinator for First Wave.

Sofía’s next project is the Handcrafted LP, to be released early 2014. In the meantime, she is releasing singles under the Handcrafted: Lost Tapes series. 

http://sofiasnow.com

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NittyScottMC.com: “Bullsh*t Rap” (Official Music Video)

Nitty Scott, MC drops the 3rd set of visuals off of her mixtape, DOOBIES x POPSICLE STICKS. “BullSh*t Rap” Prod by: Super E. 
Directed By Donald Robinson Cole and Robert Adam Mayer
http://www.donaldrobinsoncole.com/ http://robertadammayer.com

Queens, New York native, ABBY is a visual artist with roots in the early ‘80s graffiti art scene at the geneses of New York’s Hip Hop movement. She attended the seminal High School of Art and Design in Manhattan from 1981 to 1984, where she was mentored by some of the most prolific and celebrated visual artists in urban and fine art such as Web One, Doze and Seen TC5 and Mare 139. Abby was accepted to Parsons School of Design (New York)and attended from 1985-1987. Although she thrived academically, the financial strain was simply too much for her and her family, so she silently applied to Temple University’s Tyler School of Art (Elkins Park, PA and Philadelphia respectively). She graduated in 1991 with a BFA in graphic design with an emphasis on packaging. In 1991, Abby returned to New York, started working for Arista Records and happily returned to painting legal walls with her crew. In 1992, as the design industry was quickly transitioning to computer-based design, she relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area where opportunities in Silicon Valley were abundant. There, she quickly became submerged in digital art, working for start-up ad agencies. Eventually, Abby earned coveted positions designing packaging and promotional work, most notably for Sega, Safeway Corporate Advertising, Concord Records, World Market and Smuin Ballet SF. Marriage and motherhood fostered a shift in Abby to work exclusively freelance, allowing her to remain present for her family and support her fine art. After 16 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Abby relocated back to the East Coast where she could be closer to her roots. Since 2008, Abby has been exhibited in ‘Heiroglyphics 3’ at the San Francisco African American Art and Culture Complex, ‘Queenz Arrive’ at McCaig-Welles NYC, and ‘TC5 Revolutions’ at Crewest LA. In 2012, Abby lectured at Davidson College in North Carolina, on the topic of Stylemasters of Graffiti and her experiences as a female graffiti artist in her native culture and as a design professional. April 2013 marks Abby’s solo exhibit ‘HomeGirls’ on display at bOb Bar NYC from April 17 through May 19th, which depicts the places and mind-spaces the artist has called home. HomeGirls makes visual her journey as an African American woman, an original participant in a vibrant transnational arts movement, as she transitions from place to place (physically and emotionally) trying to find a balance between motherhood and career that won’t demand she sacrifice one for the other.
http://www.abbygraff.com

Queens, New York native, ABBY is a visual artist with roots in the early ‘80s graffiti art scene at the geneses of New York’s Hip Hop movement. She attended the seminal High School of Art and Design in Manhattan from 1981 to 1984, where she was mentored by some of the most prolific and celebrated visual artists in urban and fine art such as Web One, Doze and Seen TC5 and Mare 139. Abby was accepted to Parsons School of Design (New York)and attended from 1985-1987. Although she thrived academically, the financial strain was simply too much for her and her family, so she silently applied to Temple University’s Tyler School of Art (Elkins Park, PA and Philadelphia respectively). She graduated in 1991 with a BFA in graphic design with an emphasis on packaging. In 1991, Abby returned to New York, started working for Arista Records and happily returned to painting legal walls with her crew. In 1992, as the design industry was quickly transitioning to computer-based design, she relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area where opportunities in Silicon Valley were abundant. There, she quickly became submerged in digital art, working for start-up ad agencies. Eventually, Abby earned coveted positions designing packaging and promotional work, most notably for Sega, Safeway Corporate Advertising, Concord Records, World Market and Smuin Ballet SF. Marriage and motherhood fostered a shift in Abby to work exclusively freelance, allowing her to remain present for her family and support her fine art. After 16 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Abby relocated back to the East Coast where she could be closer to her roots. Since 2008, Abby has been exhibited in ‘Heiroglyphics 3’ at the San Francisco African American Art and Culture Complex, ‘Queenz Arrive’ at McCaig-Welles NYC, and ‘TC5 Revolutions’ at Crewest LA. In 2012, Abby lectured at Davidson College in North Carolina, on the topic of Stylemasters of Graffiti and her experiences as a female graffiti artist in her native culture and as a design professional. April 2013 marks Abby’s solo exhibit ‘HomeGirls’ on display at bOb Bar NYC from April 17 through May 19th, which depicts the places and mind-spaces the artist has called home. HomeGirls makes visual her journey as an African American woman, an original participant in a vibrant transnational arts movement, as she transitions from place to place (physically and emotionally) trying to find a balance between motherhood and career that won’t demand she sacrifice one for the other.

http://www.abbygraff.com