Mark Anthony Neal

Mark Anthony Neal is the author of What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture (1998) and Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic (2002). A self-... more

Martha Diaz

Martha Diaz is the Founder and President of the Hip-Hop Association. She’s also the Executive Producer of the Hip-Hop International Film Festival (which celebrates and showcases scores of hip-... more

Maya Rockeymoore

Maya Rockeymoore is President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, a Washington, DC-based policy consulting firm, and an Adjunct Professor in the Women in Politics Institute at American University.... more

MC Serch

Host of both VH-1 reality shows "The White Rapper Show" and "Miss Rap Supreme", MC Serch emerged on the hip-hop scene as a member of  3rd Base before launching a solo career... more

Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson is currently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. A renowned scholar, ordained Baptist minister and public intellectual, his scholarship and cultural... more

Michael Skolnik

Michael Skolnik is the political director to hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and the copresident of, an online resource for all things “Hip-Pop,” founded by Russell.... more

Niaz Kasravi

Niaz Kasraviserves as Criminal Justice Director of the NAACP. She received her Ph. D. in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine. In her academic career, she focused... more

Nura Maznavi

Nura Maznavi is a full-time staff attorney with Muslim Advocates leading its Program to End Religious & Racial Profiling. Prior to joining Muslim Advocates, she was an associate with the law firm... more

Oliver Wang

Oliver Wang is a cultural critic whose writings on pop music and film have appeared in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Wax Poetics, LA Weekly, URB, the Village Voice, Popmatters.Com, Vibe, Scratch... more

Paradise Gray

Paradise Gray, "The Architect" of the X Clan is a writer and photographer with articles and photographs appearing in the Source Magazine, XXL, Wax Poetics, Right On!, and VH1's 30 Years... more