Session Type(s): Panel
Training Tag(s): Organizing & Movement Building, Elections, Arts & Culture
Starts: Saturday, Jun. 9 3:00 PM
Ends: Saturday, Jun. 9 4:15 PM
This panel will discuss how hip-hop can be utilized as a tool to amplify the message of the progressive movement, as well as inspire and energize activists across the country. Panelists will address the political ideals of current artists and their fan bases and how the progressive movement can work congruently with both. Learn how hip-hop could be the game-changer in the 2012 election.
Storified by Netroots Nation · Sat, Jun 09 2012 17:02:53
Jasiri X is the first independent hip-hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, which he received from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016. Still, he remains rooted in the Pittsburgh based organization he founded, 1Hood Media, which teaches youth of color how to analyze and create media for themselves. His critically acclaimed album Black Liberation Theology (2015) has been recognized as a soundtrack for today’s civil rights movement. He has performed his music from the Smithsonian to the Apollo Theater and has discussed his views on hip-hop, race, and politics at leading institutions across the nation, including Harvard University, the University of Chicago, NYU, Yale, and Stanford, among others. In 2017 he received the Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship to start the 1Hood Artivist Academy. Jasiri is also a recipient of the USA Cummings Fellowship in Music, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellowship and the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
B. Dolan is an American rapper and activist based in Providence, Rhode Island. He is most recently noted for the creation of “FILM THE POLICE,” a viral hit that informs and raises awareness about the rights of citizens to film police officers at protests and in neighborhoods. Dolan is also known for the creation of KNOWMORE.ORG alongside SAGE FRANCIS, which is a ‘corporation-policing search engine’ that allows consumers to enter the name of any brand, product or company and view an ethical profile and history of the people and practices behind the logos.
Affectionately known as “Dr. Goddess,” Kimberly C. Ellis, Ph.D. is a Scholar of American and Africana Studies, an Artist, Activist and Entrepreneur. An international thought leader on culture, gender and social technology, she a published author, speaker and producer with many successful campaigns. Dr. Goddess is a staple presenter at Netroots Nation, PDF and SXSW and her writings and appearances can be found across the internet, from Alternet, Ebony and BlackEnterprise, to HuffPostLive, Al Jazeera America and radio programs on NPR, BBC_WHYS, Voices of Russia, MomsRising and Sirius XM. She is also in the WMC’s “SheSource” Directory. Dr. Goddess is the Digital Director of the National Black Theatre Festival, co-founder of #AskaSista, founder of the civic tech project, #BlackPoliticsMatter, author of the upcoming book, “The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter,” and the producer of “You’re Beautiful to Me,” a feature documentary film about the journey with her Mother’s dementia.
Hip-hop Legend, Architech of X Clan, Manager of The Latin Quarter, DJ, writer, author, producer, promoter, film maker, keynote speaker and artist.
Mentor to Jasiri X and hundreds of Legendary Hip-hop Artists.Curator of “The Paradise Collection” Hip-hop history, photos and memorabilia collection.