I've been saying for years that I wanted to create a podcast and I finally have acted on that in 2019. Along with my friends Mario Gage, Jeff Beckham and Evan Moore, we have created the Go! Defenders podcast. Four ordinary Chicago guys. Four extraordinary journeys. One dope podcast. Changing the narrative of the Black men one episode at a time. Enjoy this episode above, follow us on social media and Subscribe on YouTube for more episodes!
I am happy to announce that I was a speaker at Evanston Township High School's 3rd Annual Black Student Summit. I held 6 lyric workshops on the power of narrative and the legacy of African Americans in the music industry. I had a great time and I look forward to working with ETHS students again in the near future.
It was a real honor to be one of the first honorees at this event in 2015. It was also great to be on the host committee for this event in 2016. Now, in 2018, they have almost tripled the amount of funds that they were able to raise for Chicago youth inn marginalized communities to be not only college ready, but receive financial aid. I'll drink to that...
Getting a chance to rep UPENN was only icing on the cake. :)
I am so happy to announce that I will be doing some consulting work with Convergence Design Lab at Columbia College here in Chicago to evaluate and conduct action research on the Free Spirit Media programming in Chicago high schools. Free Spirit Media is a organization that teaches journalism to high school children in low income communities of color as a means to increase both their civic engagement and critical consciousness. I have been following their program for quite some time on social media and I am happy to be apart (albeit a small one) of their growth, scalability and evaluation. For more information about their work, check out freespiritmedia.org
I am so happy to announce that I will be attending the International Communications Association Conference in Prague this May. I worked extra hard on the three entries that I submitted and two of them were accepted into the program. This is my first true breakthrough as an academic writer presenting to the field at large. Both of the papers that I will be presenting will detail the observational/evaluation work that I have done with Foundations of Music, a Chicago music education nonprofit, and their hip-hop production and songwriting class being piloted in Chicago Public Schools. For those unfamiliar, ICA is the preeminent conference in the communications field and I hope to present my work at this conference for many years to come. This should also be very special considering that I have not been to Europe in quite some time (since my days of regularly touring as a musician). I am booking my travel accommodations as we speak and I welcome any suggestions on where I should visit during my downtime in the Czech Republic!
Raised on the East side of Chicago. Globally Local. Cheers!