Rahman Jamaal is an artist, educator and activist who served as USC Chapter Chair (2001), West Coast Regional Director (2004) and National Curricular Advisor (2013) before becoming National Executive Director of HHC in 2015. In 2003 he starred in critically-acclaimed film "The Beat" and in 2012, he founded the educational company Rap Force Academy, where he continues to serve students of all ages in the Bay Area, CA and around the world.
HHC National Executive Director
Chairman of the National Board
The Bay Area, CA
As a Hip Hop Congress co-founder, Ron helped to develop HHC’s initial web presence, college chapter program, and National Conferences. He is the Leadership Coach for the Turnaround Arts program with The Kennedy Center. From 2011-2016, he served as principal of ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy in New Orleans, leading the Pre-K through 4th grade academy. A graduate of Indiana University, Ron began his career in St. Louis teaching high school English. He founded an AP program, and the first high school chapter of Hip Hop Congress. He is dedicated to making sure New Orleans stays funky.
HHC Co-Founder, National Board Treasurer
Leadership Coach, Turnaround Arts
New Orleans, LA
Rosa Clemente, a native of the South Bronx, is one of the most raw, honest, political, social, and cultural voices in the country. From Harvard to prisons, Rosa has spent her life dedicated to scholar activism. . Throughout her scholarly career, as a doctoral student in the W.E.B. Dubois department of UMASS-Amherst, Rosa has been a constant on the ground presence through the many political struggles facing Black and Latinx people in the 21st century, which includes her 2008 Vice Presidential candidacy with Jill Stein and the Green Party.
South Bronx, NY
Lonnie Green was raised in Hunter's Point at the dawn of the Black Power movement in 1967. In 1978, he moved to Fillmore where he would catch the eye of Strutting founder Deborah Johnson aka “Granny”, who told Lonnie that she saw him as the one who could be counted upon to preserve Strutting culture for future generations. As Hip Hop hit the West Coast in the early 1980’s, Lonnie evolved into “PopTart”, a professional dancer/choreographer and first international ambassador to teach Strutting outside of the U.S. in Canada and later throughout Europe and Asia.
HHC National Education Director
Founder of The Strutters Room
San Francisco, CA
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. He is the Lead U.S. Organizer for the Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan and uses Cultural Activism as a means to develop international solidarity related to Human Rights and Justice through Hip Hop and Popular Education.
HHC Northwest Regional Director
Founder of Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan
Maurice Taylor, a.k.a. Poet Soulfighter, uses culture to encourage healing and address the social and political issues that plague communities. For the last 30 years Poet Soulfighter has been developing spaces and platforms to encourage healing through cultural expression and open and respectful dialogue. He is the founder of Poetic Recovery Cultural Exchange: An Open Mic and cultural space where different artists connect for cultural exchange and encourage healing to facilitate connecting, build community, and cultural healing through reading, writing, and cultural expression.
HHC Northeast Regional Director
HHC Technical Communications Advisor
Founder of Poetic Recovery
Anita joined Hip Hop Congress in 2004 during her freshman year of college. In her time there she hosted the National conference in 2007, produced a 30 minute magazine show entitled Sauti and held multiple Hip Hop events on and off campus. She attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio majoring in African American Studies, Women's Studies and Sociology with a focus in Media. Post graduation she participated and became host of Poetry Matters, a creative circle for poets, artists and writers to come fellowship addressing community issues through art. Anita moved to Austin, Texas in 2019 where she continues her work as an Activist, Thought Leader and historian.
HHC Southern Regional Director
Chapter Development Chair
Natalie's values of empowerment, critical thinking, compassion, and creativity shine through in her work. With a background in program and curriculum development, as well as fundraising, she utilizes her skills to address key social justice issues. Her commitment extends to mental health advocacy, promoting relevant education, empowering BIPOC communities, advancing LGBTQIA+ rights, and tackling the systemic challenges of poverty.
HHC Northern California Regional Director
Auburn Hip Hop Congress Co-Founder
Founder of Academy of BLAH
HHC Southwest Regional Director
HHC Financial Literacy Chair
DE FRANCO BROCKS
Co-Founder of the Black and Brown Movement / Co-CEO of Hip Hop 4 the Pih Poh / Affiliated with Artists United to End Homelessness / Author of "The Birth of a Movement" / Artist, activist, artivist / most importantly, a concerned and committed individual to the betterment of Hip Hop and humanity.
HHC Southern California Regional Director
Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter Head
Co-Founder of Black & Brown Movement
Los Angeles, CA
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