Mic Jordan

March 7, 2017

Mic Jordan, a hip-hop artist and an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe Tribe in Belcourt, ND, where music heavily influenced his childhood. In addition to his own musical endeavors, Mic also leads hip-hop writing workshops for young people and is a sought-after speaker, having delivered the keynote address at the Sitting Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Dr. Marcyliena Morgan

January 17, 2017

Marcyliena Morgan is a Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies and Founding Director of The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute (HARI) at Harvard University and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Listen to the interview →

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Clint Smith III

November 29, 2016

Clint Smith is a writer, teacher, and Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard University. He is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and was named the 2013 Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council. He is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, a Cave Canem Fellow, and his writing has appeared in Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Audry Funk

October 5, 2016

Audry Funk is a singer and MC born in the city of Puebla. Her music is a mix of reggae, hip hop, soul, and funk. She is part of the collective, “Mujeres Trabajando,” where the members perform across disciplines such as singing/rapping, break dance demonstrations, graffiti expositions and other visual arts, as well as photography and public Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Darnell L. Moore

August 30, 2016

Darnell L. Moore is a Senior Editor at MicNews and Co-managing Editor/Partner at The Feminist Wire. Along with former NFL player Wade Davis II, he co-founded YOU Belong, a social good company focused on the development of diversity initiatives. Darnell’s advocacy centers on marginal identity, youth development and other social justice issues in the U.S. Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Daisy Rosario

August 9, 2016

Daisy Rosario is a comedian, writer and producer of things from radio stories to live events. Currently, Daisy produces the podcast, Sooo Many White Guys, and formerly is the Senior Producer for Latino USA. In addition, Daisy hosts a digital series called Future Present for the millennial news site Mic.com. The show explores overlooked health issues by featuring new technologies Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Page May

July 19, 2016

Page May is an organizer, teacher and abolitionist based in Chicago. She is the cofounder of Assata’s Daughters and one of the eight youth delegates from We Charge Genocide who traveled to the United Nations, and the lead author of the shadow report submitted to the UN Committee Against Torture. Listen to the interview →

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Brother Ali

July 5, 2016

Brother Ali is a highly respected Hip Hop artist, speaker and activist from Minneapolis, MN. His decade long resume includes six critically acclaimed albums, mentorships with Iconic Hip Hop legends Chuck D and Rakim and performances on late night talk shows with Conan O Brien and Jimmy Fallon. He’s been the subject of Al-Jazeera and Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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K’Valentine

May 3, 2016

On a cold snowy day at a downtown Chicago hospital, K’Valentine made her entrance into this world. She served as an early Christmas gift for her mother. The news of her birth also excited her father, Valentine Ogilvie Reid, who at the time, was incarcerated in another state. At an early age, in spite of Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Jon Connor

April 19, 2016

Undeniably one of hip hop’s most prominently rising stars, Jon Connor was recently handpicked by the legendary Dr. Dre to sign to his Aftermath record label after years of independently releasing a series of acclaimed mixtapes and underground projects. The self-appointed “People’s Rapper” from Flint, Michigan was also featured in the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards cypher as well as on XXL’s 2014 Freshmen Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Kristiana Rae Colón

April 5, 2016

Poet, playwright, and actor Kristiana Colón earned a BA at the University of Chicago and an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her poems explore romantic and personal transformation, often making use of unconventional punctuation and capitalization. The author of the chapbookpieces of shedu (2008), Colón has also performed on HBO’s Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Glenn E. Martin

March 22, 2016

GLENN E. ​MARTIN is the founder and president of JustLeadershipUSA, an organization that aims
 to cut the U.S. correctional population in half by 2030 by elevating and amplifying the voice of people most impacted by crime and incarceration, and positioning them as informed, empowered reform partners. Mr. Martin is co-founder of the Education Inside Out Coalition Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Daryn Alexus

March 8, 2016

Daryn was born and raised in Washington DC and came to Chicago to attended Columbia College.  While there she won the Biggest Mouth Competition, the schools most competitive music competition.  After graduation she decided to stay in the city, calling Chicago her second home after living here for nearly 8 years now. She’s had several Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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José Luis Vilson

February 23, 2016

José Luis Vilson is a math educator for a middle school in the Inwood / Washington Heights neighborhood of New York, NY. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in mathematics education from the City College of New York. He’s also a committed writer, activist, web Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Diamond Sharp

February 9, 2016

Diamond Janese Sharp is a poet and writer from Chicago. She is an alumna of Wellesley College. She has performed at Chicago’s Stage 773 and her work has been featured on Chicago Public Radio and published in PANK, JoINT Literary, Wellesley Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Say What Magazine, GirlSpeak Webzine, BLACKBERRY, Women in Red [a publication of Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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J. Davis

January 26, 2016

Julio Davis heads The J. Davis Trio. Following their musical heart, The J. Davis Trio continues to thrive. They thrive not only because of their connection to real hip hop and jazz music, but also because of their ability to grow and change. Starting as trio, they now have as many as 8-10 people on stage, Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Danielle Belton

January 12, 2016

Born and raised St. Louis, Mo. on a healthy diet of news programming, pop culture, black history and “snark,” Danielle Belton, daughter of loving “regular folk” and wife of no one, examines the irreverent side of American life. With two million readers in less than two years, Belton is best known as the editor/writer of Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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J. PERIOD

December 15, 2015

Hailed as a “music guru” by Rolling Stone and cited among the “world’s Top DJ’s” by The New York Times, J.PERIOD is a master of his craft: a musical storyteller whose work bridges cultures, generations and styles. J.PERIOD’S resume boasts collaborations with Grammy winners Common, John Legend, Joss Stone & Mary J. Blige. He has Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Nitty Scott, MC

December 2, 2015

Nitzia Scott, better known by her stage name Nitty Scott, MC, is an emcee via Brooklyn, New York. Her breakthrough came in 2010, when the video for her freestyle over Kanye West’s “Monster” went viral. She has performed at the BET Hip Hop Awards and has been featured in Billboard Magazine and The New York Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Ric Wilson

October 20, 2015

Ric Wilson is a 19 year old black self-proclaimed Artist and Prison Abolitionist from the South-side of Chicago, is also 1/2 of Chicago Rap Duo “Fuck Yo Institution”. On April 1st, 2015 Ric dropped his first solo Debut Project “Penny Raps” which tells Ric’s story of going and dropping out of college due to Financial Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Naledge Evans

September 22, 2015

The MCing half of progressive rap duo Kidz in the Hall, Naledge was born Jabari Evans in Cincinnati, OH, but grew up on Chicago’s South Side since he was two years old. Raised by two Ph.D.-educated parents, the high-school valedictorian academically had an easy time in school and found his niche in poetry and writing. Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Dr. Walter Kimbrough

August 31, 2015

A native of Atlanta, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough was his high school salutatorian and student body president in 1985, and went on to earn degrees from the University of Georgia, Miami University in Ohio, and a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University. He has enjoyed a fulfilling career in student affairs, serving at Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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The Boy Illinois

August 19, 2015

Every once in a while, in those gusts of Chicago winds, you’ll come across something worth keeping. And that’s precisely what happened when The Boy Illinois crept onto the music scene. The 25-year-old University of Illinois college drop-out is on a mission to grab the ears of listeners with slick delivery, sharp wordplay and most Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Vann R. Newkirk II

July 16, 2015

Vann R. Newkirk II, also known as fivefifths, is a writer, editor, graphic designer, and activist entrepreneur who is currently Chief Scribe and founder at Seven Scribes, a new online destination for millennials of color. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and UNC-Chapel Hill, and is deeply passionate about social justice, environmental justice, Afrofuturism/speculative Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Jean Grae

June 30, 2015

Critically acclaimed lyricist, producer, writer, director, cinematographer and all around consummate entertainer- Jean Grae has been challenging the boundaries of artistry since her debut in 1996. Whether creating music with imaginative narratives that immerse the listener in a dark world of  Grae’s design, or spilling her most personal stories of love and life experiences,  she Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Hex Hectic

June 11, 2015

Hector “Hex Hectic” Danniel was born in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood and raised by his mom. Hex Hectic has fused his passion for multimedia, music and mission into one of the city’s most supported brands. In 2009 Hex Hectic founded the The Knights of Chicago volunteer team. With only a few members, they Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Rahiel Tesfamariam

May 27, 2015

Rahiel Tesfamariam is a social activist, public theologian, writer and speaker. She is the Founder and Publisher of Urban Cusp a cutting-edge online lifestyle magazine highlighting progressive urban culture, faith, social change and global awareness. She is also a former columnist for The Washington Post. Rahiel holds degrees from Stanford University and Yale University, where Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Wade Davis

May 11, 2015

Wade Davis is a thought leader, advocate, writer, public speaker and educator on gender, race and orientation equality. Davis played for the Tennessee Titans, the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks, as well as for two different teams within the NFL Europe league. In 2014, Davis began consulting for the NFL to ensure that LGBT Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Mychal Denzel Smith

April 16, 2015

Mychal Denzel Smith is a Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute, contributing writer for The Nation Magazine, blogger for TheNation.com, as well as a contributor to Feministing.com and Salon. His work as appeared online for publications such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Gawker, and many others. As a social commentator, he Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Nikole Hannah-Jones

March 24, 2015

Nikole Hannah-Jones joined ProPublica in late 2011 and covers civil rights with a focus on segregation and discrimination in housing and schools. Her 2012 coverage of federal failures to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act won several awards, including Columbia University’s Tobenkin Award for distinguished coverage of racial or religious discrimination. Prior to coming Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Dr. Bettina Love

February 13, 2015

Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Kevin Beacham

January 21, 2015

Kevin Beacham has been an MC, producer, artist manager, record promoter, journalist, DJ, radio show host, record label manager, and now back to radio show host. He first got his start in radio in April of 1995 on WNUR 89.3 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. His show Time Travel was a conceptual hip-hop show Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Lili K.

August 12, 2014

Lili K is the 23 year old songstress whose name is quickly popping up in the music world. Her smooth and sultry sound is countered well by her quirky and energetic performances with her live band. Listen to the interview →

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MC Melodee

May 2, 2014

MC Melodee has been active in the music industry for over 15 years. Next to being writer, performer and leader of her band La Melodia with whom she performed all over the globe, she leads a Peer Education Project and is director of a platform for female hiphop artists "Dam Dutchess" in her home base Amsterdam. Listen to the interview →

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Psalm One

February 21, 2014

Psalm One, a.k.a Hologram Kizzie, is a multitalented musician, rapper, chemist, mentor, and philanthropist whose diverse, robust sound and wide-ranging content reflects her multitude of skills and life experiences. Listen to the interview →

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Per Bylund Kjaer

November 15, 2013

Per B. “BluCollaScholla” Kjaer holds a Master’s Degree in American Studies from SDU. He is the author of “…That Real Black Music”, an MA Thesis on Hip-Hop music in an African-American cultural-historical perspective. Listen to the interview →

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Amer Ahmed

October 18, 2013

Amer F. Ahmed serves as Associate Director of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, Associate Faculty at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication and a member of SpeakOut: Institute for Democratic Leadership and Culture. Listen to the interview →

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PHENOM

August 2, 2013

PHENOM, born Teh’Ray Hale in 1977, learned to rhyme at the becoming age of 13 in the back streets of Chicago, Illinois.  In the 2000 Source Magazine Unsigned Hype Emcee Battle PHENOM earned 2nd place to Detroit Hip-Hop legend and D-12 member “PROOF” out of 1000 nationwide contestants. Before being signed to Focus Music Group’s Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Malia Lazu

July 19, 2013

Malia took over as Executive Director of Future Boston in November 2011 where she serves as chief operation officer of Future Boston, credited for taking Future Boston from concept into reality. Listen to the interview →

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avery r. young

March 1, 2013

2012 3Arts Teaching Artist Awardee, writer, performer avery r. young is a Cave Canem Fellow who’s artwork blends phonetics, linguistics, hymns, jazz and hip hop to depict the politics and inspiring attributes attached to the stories of a people. Listen to the interview →

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Jacinda Bullie

October 5, 2012

An activist by temperament, sixteen years ago with the idea to use “Edutainement” (KRS1) as a tool to inspire activism and collective healing”, Jacinda Bullie co founded Kuumba Lynx (KL) and is a wife and mother of three young warriors. Listen to the interview →

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Alexander “DJ RTC” Fruchter

August 3, 2012

Alexander Fruchter is the founder and current EIC of hip hop music and culture site “Ruby Hornet” as well as co-owner of the independent record label Closed Sessions and an adjunct at Columbia College. He is a Hyde Park native, graduate of Indiana University, lover of the White Sox and Hip Hop culture. Listen to the interview →

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Dr. David Stovall

April 20, 2012

David Stovall is Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Over the past eleven years, he has been involved in social justice education efforts in Chicago Public Schools and across the country.  Currently he works with faculty and students at Social Justice High School in Chicago. Listen to the interview →

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Justin Schloer

April 6, 2012

Imagine, if you can, the horrible feelings of dealing with death; not just once, but on many occasions. Imagine, if you can, having your best friend die in your arms, because there wasn’t a damn thing you could do to stop it. Imagine being shot for the first time, at the tender age thirteen, while Read the full article... Listen to the interview →

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Nate Mathews

February 3, 2012

Nate Mathews is a student of African and Middle East history currently pursuing his doctorate at Northwestern University. He is the author of the poetry collection, River of Desire, Ocean of Love, and founder of the website Azanian Sea. Listen to the interview →

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