Chinaka Hodge

Chinaka Hodge is a poet, playwright, and the author of For Girls With Hips: Collected Writings and Poems, and the play Mirrors in Every Corner. Currently Artist in Residence at The Headlands Center... more

Chuck D

SPECIAL GUEST FOR SELECTED APPEARANCESChuck D, is a hip-hop activist, entrepreneur, producer and mc who, as leader of the rap group Public Enemy, helped usher in the period of politically conscious... more

Conrad Tillard

Reverend Conrad Tillard is Senior Pastor of Nazarene Congregational Church, a United Church of Christ (UCC) congregation in Brooklyn, NY. A Baptist and Congregationalist (UCC) minister, he was... more

Darnell L. Moore

Darnell L. Moore is the author of the recently released memoir No Ashes in the Fire. Editor-at-Large at CASSIUS (an iOne digital platform) and co-managing editor at The Feminist Wire, he is... more

David Banner

In 2003, David Banner released his critically acclaimed debut album Mississippi: The Album. He later went on to release 4 successful albums spawning the #1 hit singles “Get Like Me”,... more

Dr. Beth Richie

Beth E. Richie is The Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and Professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law and Justice at The University of Illinois at... more

Dr. James Braxton Peterson

James Braxton Peterson is the Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. He is the author of several books, The Hip Hop Underground and African... more

Ebony Utley

Ebony A. Utley is an author, scholoar and public intellectual. Associate Professor of Communiciation Studies at California State University Long Beach, her groundbreaking book Rap and Religion:... more

Eddie Glaude

Eddie Glaude, Jr is chair of the Center for African-American Studies and the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African-American Studies in the department of religion at Princeton University. A... more

Elizabeth Méndez Berry

Elizabeth Méndez Berry is a journalist who has written about culture, education and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Vibe, The Nation, Latina and Time. “Love Hurts," her... more