October 2, 2020 – Free Online – 6th Annual International Hip Hop Activism Conference

October 2, 2020 – Free Online – 6th Annual International Hip Hop Activism Conference

Free and Open to the Public
9am to 3pm western time
10am to 4pm mountain time
11am to 5pm central time
12pm to 6pm eastern

Free and Open to the Public
via Zoom

Sponsored by
Institute for Critical Animal Studies
Save the Kids
Utah Reintegration Project, Salt Lake Community College
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, for Social Transformation (JEDI4ST), Salt Lake Community College
Chief Diversity Office, Salt Lake Community College
Utah Student Association for Criminology
Poetry Behind the Walls
Arissa Media Group

Facilitated by
Dr. Lea Lani Kinikini, Chief Diversity Officer
Salt Lake Community College

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Hosted by
Nathan Poirier

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This schedule is based on Mountain Time USA. Please adjust accordingly.

10am to 10:20am – Hip Hop Saved My Life – Can It Save the Planet
Tony Quintana

Tony Quintana is a loving father, educator, emcee, and activist. He has worked in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention for over 9 years, and has managed health education programs on a wide variety of topics including HIV, diabetes, fitness and nutrition. As an emcee and show promoter, Tony (also known by his stage name I.Q. the Professor) has been very active in the local hip-hop scene in Albuquerque, NM where he co-founded the Conscious Eating and Hip-Hop event series, and is a co-founder of the Dezert Banditz hip-hop crew. He is currently the Plant-Based Eating Program Manager for Animal Protection of New Mexico and Youth Education Director for the Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living.

10:20am to 10:30am Q and A

10:30am to 10:50am – Introducing the Restorative Cypher: How Hip Hop and Restorative Justice Can Help Transform Colonial Education
Arash Daneshzadeh

Arash Daneshzadeh, board-member of Save the Kids, Editor of Transformative Justice Journal, is a faculty member at the University of San Francisco–School of Education (Department of Organizational Leadership), and serves as Director of Programs for Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ). Daneshzadeh has served as a faculty in the Prison University Project at San Quentin Penitentiary since 2011. He is co-author of several books including Dismantling The School To Prison PipelineUnhooking from Whiteness (Volume 3), Academic Lynching, and Hip Hop Education and Dismantling The School To Prison Pipeline. He teaches classes on the sociology of hip hop and on the apartheid within campus cultures and environments. Co-editor of the International Journal of Peace Studies and Book Review editor of Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education his praxis converges between identity formation, gender studies, carceral studies, and school organizational theory.

10:50am to 11:00am Q and A

11:00am to 11:20am – The Zulu Union: A New Era of Zulu Consciousness
Reies Romero 

Zulu King Reies is the current chapter leader for the Omega Zuluz, he has been a practitioner, keeper and lover of Hip Hop Kulture since the mid-eighties and has practiced the art of Djing for 25+ years.  Zulu King Reies upholds his community with the utmost integrity and wisdom, he is always concerned about how to serve others and works tirelessly to implement real change and empower youth to their fullest potential; he is currently the President of the James Dewitt Yancey Foundation MN, Marketing Director of the Muslim Youth Leadership Awards, certified speaker for the Islamic Resource Group and is trained restorative justice circle keeper and healer with the Dispute Resolution Center in Saint Paul.  Zulu King Reies graduated from both Saint Paul College (AA degree) and Augsburg University (Bachelor’s in Social Work), he is currently a behavior specialist in the Roseville Area Public School district. Zulu King Reies also serves on the Advisory Board for Masjid An-Nur and heads up entertainment for their annual community service event named Day of Dignity, Reies served as the Community Village coordinator as part of the Westside/District Del-Sol Cinco De Mayo committee (2016-2019) and has volunteered for the Jovenes con Palabra youth movement for over 5 years, Reies also teaches Hip Hop history courses based of the 5 core elements and is currently being published in a book about Hip Hop Activism. Reies is also a teacher in the Freedom School Movement (Children Defense Fund).  Reies enjoys traveling, ironing, and eating out at restaurants. Zulu King Reies is the mastermind and founder of the annual Twin Cities Dilla Day weekend events. Reies encourages inter-personal relationships within the OZ chapter and prefers to meet folks in person or phone conversations, fell free to reach out to him at any time about anything.

11:20am to 11:30am Q and A

11:30am to 11:50am – Hip Hop’s Liberatory Promise and Power
Andrea Hunt

Dr. Andrea N. Hunt is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion at the University of North Alabama. Her teaching, research, and service all focus on youth identity development, creating inclusive environments, civic engagement, trauma-informed practices, and community development. She works with local schools, diversion programs, and juvenile detention centers to assist youth in career development. She is a violence prevention educator and has delivered trainings on campus and in the community, and she has led professional development workshops for teachers and students across the nation.

11:50am to 12:00pm Q and A

12:00pm to 12:20pm – Eazy E’s Prophetic Vision
Andre Cummings

andré douglas pond cummings is Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law where he teaches Business Organizations, Contracts I and II, Corporate Justice, Entertainment Law and Hip Hop & the American Constitution.  Professor cummings has written extensively on issues regarding investor protection, racial and social justice, and sports and entertainment law, publishing three books including Hip Hop and the Law and over forty law review articles.  cummings has been recognized as Professor of the Year on numerous occasions including the University-wide Distinguished Professor Award by the West Virginia University Foundation.  cummings holds a J.D. from Howard University School of Law where he graduated cum laude.

12:20pm to 12:30pm Q and A

12:30pm to 12:50pm – Hip Hop and Global Cultural Activism: Culture as a Tool and Weapon Amidst Rising Fascism
Mic Crenshaw

Mic Crenshaw was born and raised in Chicago and Minneapolis and currently resides in Portland Oregon. Crenshaw is an independent Hip Hop artist, respected emcee, poet, educator and activist. Crenshaw is the Lead U.S. Organizer for the African HipHop Caravan and uses Cultural Activism as a means to develop international solidarity related to Human Rights and Justice through Hip Hop and Popular Education. In his teenage years, Crenshaw actively confronted white supremacist gangs that were a growing part of the hard-core music scene. Mic eventually moved to Portland, where he quickly became one of the most respected artists in the Northwest, and his community efforts have had both local and international impact. In addition to his highly-acclaimed work in spoken work and Hip Hop, Mic co-founded GlobalFam, a non-profit (EducationWithOut Borders 501c3) project to create and maintain a computer center for disadvantaged youth in Burundi, Central Africa. Over 400 people have received free training, and it is now expanding, generating revenue and creating jobs. Mic also partnered with Education WithOut Borders (EWOB), which supports education, music and art initiatives in Portland and beyond and serves as an umbrella for the local Books For Prisoners chapter and GlobalFam itself.  

12:50pm to 1:00pm Q and A

1:00pm to 1:20pm – Baptized In Dirty Water: Tupac & Hip Hop’s Socio-spiritual Activism
Daniel White Hodge

Dr. Daniel White Hodge is Professor of Intercultural Communications & department chair of Communication Arts Department at North Park University in Chicago. His research interests are the intersections of religion, Hip Hop culture, race/ethnicity, & young adult emerging generations. His latest publications are Hip Hop’s Hostile Gospel: A Post Soul Theological Exploration (Brill Academic 2017) Homeland Insecurity: A Hip Hop Missiology for the Post-Civil Rights Context (IVP Academic 2018) and Baptized In Dirty Water: Reimagining The Gospel According to Tupac Amaru Shakur (Wipf & Stock 2019). He hosts a weekly podcast, Profane Faith.  More can be found at www.whitehodge.com and www.whitehodgepodcasts.com

1:20pm to 1:30pm Q and A

1:30pm to 1:50pm – Bridging the Gaps in the Utah Education and local law enforcement, with Hip Hop
Eddy H. Berrest

Eddy H. Berrest takes pride in growing up in Utah and who it made him as a man. Eddy has been an educator and Coach for eighteen years in Utah. Achieving a bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters in Educational leadership has given him the opportunity to present for the following organizations – National Education Association, Utah Education Association, Granite Education Association, Granite School District schools, University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College as an Ethnic Minority Education and Cultural Trainer, Mentor and Activist.  He supports also the following bill that was written by three Utah Woman – Utah SRO Bill 2020.docx  

1:50pm to 2:00pm Q and A

2:00pm to 2:20pm – Healing Justice Through Hip Hop Pedagogy
Joe Davis

Joe Davis is a nationally-touring artist, educator, and speaker based in Minneapolis, MN. His work employs poetry, music, theater, and dance to shape culture. He is the Founder and Director of multimedia production company, The New Renaissance, the frontman of emerging soul funk band, The Poetic Diaspora, and qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. He has keynoted, facilitated conversation, and served as teaching artist at hundreds of high schools and universities including in New York, Boston, and most recently as the Artist-in-Residence at Luther Seminary where he earned a Masters in Theology of the Arts. Visit JoeDavisPoetry.com to connect or learn more.

2:20pm to 2:30pm Q and A

2:30pm to 2:50pm – Free Your Mind
Wes Wesson AKA Soulyricist

Wes Wesson, a Florida native, is the quintessential essence of love, light, and hip-hop. He is a pillar in the movement of the culture who values the art of performance, the art of freestyle, and a passion for teaching. This multi-talented musician from Tallahassee, Florida moved to Portland, OR in 2014. There he worked in the school system as a hip-hop educator, mentor, and workshop leader with Up and Over, LLC speaking with youth about life skills and how to overcome obstacles. Wesson made the move to Salt Lake City, Utah years later and founded Acoustic Funk Nation LLC. He is also a co-founding member of Hip Hop Organics, and is serving as the Southwest Regional Coordinator of the national non-profit organization, Save the Kids.

2:50pm to 3:00pm Q and A

3:00pm to 3:20pm – From Hip Hop Activism to Hip Hop Criminology
Anthony J. Nocella II

Dr. Anthony J. Nocella II, an internationally recognized scholar-activist, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the Institute of Public Safety at Salt Lake Community College. He received his doctorate in Social Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is the editor of the Peace Studies Journal, Transformative Justice Journal, and co-editor of five book series including Critical Animal Studies and Theory with Lexington Books and Hip Hop Studies and Activism with Peter Lang Publishing. He has published over fifty book chapters or articles and forty books. Nocella is the National Coordinator of Save the Kids, Executive Director of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, Director of the Academy for Peace Education, and acquisitions editor of Arissa Media Group. His work has been translated in Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, German, Korean, and Japanese. He is a leading figure in peace studies, Hip Hop studies, anarchist criminology, transformative justice, youth justice, critical animal studies, eco-ability, lowrider studies, and penal abolition. He has been interviewed by New York Times, Washington Post, Houston Chronicles, Durango Herald, Fresno Bee, Fox, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, and Los Angeles Times.

2:20pm to 3:30pm Q and A

3:30pm to 3:50pm – Activism Growth Model: A Guide for Growing One’s Activism Identity
Dr. Gyasmine George-Williams

Dr. Gyasmine George-Williams is an activist, socio-cultural higher education practitioner, and Assistant Professor at the University of La Verne. She earned her bachelor’s in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles, a master’s in College Counseling and Student Development and master’s in Educational Counseling both from the University of La Verne, and a PhD in Higher Education from Azusa Pacific University. She serves on the Black Scholars Advisory Board, Black Faculty and Staff Association, and is a faculty partner to La Verne’s intercollegiate athletics committee. Her research and passion includes athlete and student activism, student-faculty interaction among students of color, women of color in leadership, and critical race theory in higher education. Dr. George-Williams is the founder of GGW Consulting and has created evidenced-based models to honor and center the experiences and leadership of activists of color and disenfranchised groups

3:50pm to 4:00pm Q and A