Mistah Fab: Bay Area legend Mistah F.A.B. is a rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, community organizer, and activist. As an artist, Mistah F.A.B. has helped define the sound of Oakland. He is the entrepreneur behind the iconic Dope Era clothing line, and his community organizing inspired Jean Quan, the 49th mayor of Oakland, to declare February 8th "Stanley Cox AKA Mistah F.A.B." day.
Donté Clark: Donte Clark is an actor, poet, emcee, and youth activist from Richmond, CA.The award-winning documentary "Romeo Is Bleeding" follows Donte’s work in Richmond using his art to help heal the trauma of violence in his community. As an actor, Donte played a supporting role in the 2016 film "Kicks" and currently stars in the web series "The North Pole."
BLKMGK: BLK MGK is a collective of artists formulating an ideology of a youth-centered art community. The collective consists of Robert Williams III (26), Savaugn Holcomb (23), Destiny Iwuoma (23) Alana Banks (22), Myles Santifer (22), Kelechi Emeziem (22), AJ Moultrie (21), & Carlitos Willis (21), who envision a world where artists can shine, thrive, and heal free of socio-economic barriers. BLKMGK provides opportunities for individuals to de-stress and express utilizing an eclectic array of art forms to expand the network, the minds and reach of all artists.
Dr. Andrea L.S. Moore: Dr. Andrea L.S. Moore is an Assistant Professor in the Ethnic Studies department at Sacramento State University. Her recent scholarship is focused on extrapolating components of her dissertation that examined historical moments taking place during the Hyphy Movement. Moore looks at the Bay Area’s legacy as an epicenter for social movements, from the 1960’s Black Power Movement to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement. Moore explores the ways in which hip-hop promotes awareness about the recent social protests movements and organizations advocating for police reform. Working with the Black Lives Matter Sacramento Chapter, Moore is examining racial frameworks found in scholarship, social media and cultural practices that investigate the social discourse of the modern era used to justify the lynching of the Black body and its connection to the current criminal pathologizing of Black people murdered in the United States.
Aja Johnson: As the Music & Performing Arts Coordinator at the RYSE Youth Center in Richmond, Aja co-develops and supports programming related to showcasing the artistic talents of RYSE youth and helps members develop technically, professionally, and spiritually as music and performance artists. She works in solidarity with youth to re-imagine themselves and their communities through creative projects, and so youth feel loved, seen, and deeply valued.
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