Twelve Songs That Teach Hip-Hop History

“What we’re gonna do right here is go back, way back, back into time.” — Troglodite, by the Jimmy Castor Bunch Hip-Hop has always been hyper-conscious about its roots, maybe because it began with young people playing, and then rapping over, older music. Hip-hop artists of all stripes are constantly sampling, referencing, and quoting artists

The Organic Globalizer: Hip-Hop, Political Development, and Movement Culture

Edited by Christopher Malone and George Martinez New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. 296 pp. $29.95 (paperback). I am thrilled to announce that today marks the release of the new book, The Organic Globalizer: Hip-Hop, Political Development, and Movement Culture, which includes a chapter I co-wrote on hip-hop and youth cultural organizing. The book is an important

From Hip-Hop to Hip-Hope: The Good Life Organization

“Schooling basically looks at the students as if they are not bringing in knowledge…Education says that every young person has experience that is valuable, that needs to be accessed.” — Roberto Rivera, President and “Lead Change Agent,” Good Life Organization This week I got hooked up with a hot organization based out of my old

Profile: Arts & Democracy Project

“The Arts & Democracy Project builds the momentum of a cultural movement that links arts and culture, participatory democracy, and social justice. We catalyze and support cross-pollination between sectors, cultures, and generations.” If you run across an online dialogue between activists and artists who you never suspected would connect, or a national gathering of cultural

Creative Catalyst: An Interview with De Andrea Nichols

I recently had the privilege of talking with De Andrea Nichols, award winning social impact designer and “creative catalyst.” De is the director of Civic Creatives, and received the 2016 Visionary Award for community impact in the city of St. Louis. An artist and designer in her own right, much of De’s work over the

How do you visualize a world you haven’t yet seen?

Earlier this year, I did some graphics work for the Family Leadership Design Collaborative (FLDC), a group whose mission is to radically re-imagine family engagement in schools and other institutions. It turned out to be one of the toughest design challenges I’ve faced. In this post, I want to share a bit of that design process with you. The back-and-forth that