Counseled and influenced by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, the cultural and Civil Rights icon Harry Belafonte and Paradise Gray, co-founder of X-Clan, Jasiri X is the first hip-hop activist to receive an Honorary Doctoral Degree, which he was awarded this year by Chicago Theological Seminary. He is also the founder of 1Hood Media, “a collective of socially conscious artists and activists who believe art is the best way to challenge inequality, raise awareness and unify humanity.”
“We are deeply honored that Jasiri X has agreed to serve as Hip Hop Ambassador for what could be this generation’s Black Power Conference,” Dr. Ron Daniels, president of IBW commented. “We are serious about engaging socially conscious Hip Hop activists and cultural workers from around the country and the world to come together to discuss ways to more effectively utilize one of the most powerful genres the world has ever seen as a force to end the State of Emergency in our communities. Jasiri X is the revolutionary Brother who can help us realize this goal.”
Gray, who has agreed to work closely with Jasiri X on this mission said, “We also need to use the occasion of SOBWC IV to commemorate and learn from the Hip Hop Declaration of Peace which was launched 15 years ago. The Conference can be an intergenerational space to equip Hip Hop artists and activists to unite and fight for the liberation of Black communities across this country and the world.”
Daniels indicated that the Issue Area entitled, “Mobilizing/Organizing Hip Hop Activists and Cultural Workers for Black Empowerment” will include a major plenary and working session tract which will focus on Hip Hop activists devising an agenda for social justice and social change. In addition, Hip Hop activists will serve as speakers/panelists for the six other Issue Areas. IBW also announced that Chuck D, KRS-1, MC Lyte and Gray will be honored with Legacy Awards at SOBWC IV.
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