Ashley Yates

Ashley Yates is an activist, poet and artist who hails from Florissant, Missouri. She is a member and co-founder of Millennial Activists United, a group of primarily young Black women activists... more

Bakari Kitwana

Bakari Kitwana (Moderator) is a journalist, activist and political analyst whose commentary has been seen on CNN, Fox News (The O’Reilly Factor), BET and heard on NPR. The co-founder of the... more

Billy Wimsatt

Billy Wimsatt is the Executive Director of The League of Young Voters, which has been organizing hip-hop voters around the country since 2003. The League supports young people to be players and... more

Blitz The Ambassador

Samuel Bazawule better known as Blitz the Ambassador was born and raised in Accra, Ghana in 1982. He is one of four children and he moved to the United States in 2001 to study at Kent University to... more

Boots Riley

Boots Riley is a co-founder of the hip hop group The Coup, as well as the group's primary producer, arranger and songwriter. Together with DJ Pam the Funktress, Riley has helped The Coup's... more

Byron Hurt

Byron Hurt is the producer and director of the provocative film on machismo and homophobia in hip-hop, Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Hip-Hop Head Weighs in On Manhood in Rap Music, which viewed at the... more

Carlito Rodriguez

Award-winning writer/producer Carlito Rodriguez has contributed to various media outlets, including MTV, VH1, BET, Vibe magazine, EA Games and the Associated Press, among others. The former Editor-in... more

Carmen Perez

Carmen Perez is the co-chair of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, co-founder of the Justice League, and the Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice, a social justice organization... more

Cathy Cohen

Cathy Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science.  She is also the Deputy Provost for Graduate Education and the former Director of the Center for the Study of Race... more

Chandra Bhatnagar

Chandra Bhatnagar is a Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s Human Rights Program (HRP), where he leads HRP's domestic and international advocacy around racial profiling, affirmative action, and... more