Jasiri X


Jasiri X

Emcee and community activist Jasiri X is the creative force and artist behind the ground breaking internet news series, This Week with Jasiri X, which has garnered critical acclaim, thousands of subscribers, and millions of internet views. His videos have been featured on websites as diverse as Allhiphop.com and The Huffington Post and Jasiri has been a guest on BET Rap City, The Michael Baisden Show, Free Speech TV, Left of Black, and Russia Today.  A six time Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Award winner, Jasiri recently became the first Hip-Hop artist to received the coveted August Wilson Center for African American Culture Fellowship. A founding member of the anti-violence group One Hood, Jasiri started the New Media Academy to teach young African-American boys how to analyze and create media for themselves.

Rhymes:  Public Enemy “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos,” Mobb Deep “Shook Ones (Part II),” and Jay Electronica “Exhibit C”


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Songs from this Interview:

Public Enemy “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos”

Public Enemy “By the Time I Get to Arizona”

Mobb Deep “Shook Ones (Part II)”

Sam Sneed “U Better Recognize”

Jay Electronica “A Prayer for Michael Vick & T.I.”

Jasiri x “Don’t Forget About the Hood”

Jay Electronica “Exhibit C”

Jasiri X “Trayvon”

Jasiri X “Real Gangstas”

Chance the Rapper “Acid Rain”

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III


Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Rev. Otis Moss III is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching prophetically that the message of love and justice are inseparable companions, forming the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Rev. Moss is a native of Cleveland, OH, an honors graduate of Morehouse College, Yale Divinity School, and he has earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary.  The work and legacy of Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the pastoral ministry of his father, Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. of Cleveland, OH, have been primary mentors for his spiritual formation.  He is the former pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, GA., his first pastorate, where the church grew from 125 members to over 2100 disciples during his tenure.  Rev. Moss is currently Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL.   Pastor Moss is an accomplished author.  He published his first book, Redemption in a Red Light District in 1999 and co-authored The Gospel Re-Mix; How to Reach the Hip-Hop Generation in 2006.  His sermons articles and poetry have appeared in publications such as Power in the Pulpit II: America’s Most Effective Preachers, Joy To The World: Sermons From America’s Pulpit, Sound The Trumpet: Messages of Hope for Black Men,  The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama,  Sojourners Magazine and The African American Pulpit Journal.  In 2012, he published, with his father, He Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.,  Preach!: The Power and Purpose Behind Our Praise.  He is married to his college sweetheart, the former Monica Brown of Orlando, Fl, a Spelman College and Columbia University graduate.  They are the proud parents of two creative and humorous children, Elijah Wynton and Makayla Elon.

Rhymes:  Public Enemy “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos,” Common “I Used to Love H.E.R.,” and The Roots ft. Jill Scott “You Got Me (Live)”


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Trinity UCC

Rev. Moss and Trinity UCC on YouTube


Songs from this Interview:

Public Enemy “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos”

Isaac Hayes “Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic”

The Staples Sisters “Respect Yourself”

Levert ft. Heavy D “Just Coolin'”

Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony “Cleveland is the Reason (Instrumental)”

Winans ft. T. Riley “Time”

Joey Bada$$ ft. CJ Fly “Hardknock”

Killer Mike “Reagan”

Morehouse Glee Club “I’m Building Me a Home”

Dick Gregory “Race, Comedy, and Justice”

Common “I Used to Love H.E.R.”

Wale “The Skit”

GZA “The Labels (Instrumental)”

A Tribe Called Quest “Skypager”

The Roots ft. Jill Scott “You Got Me (Live)”

Richard Pryor “Little Feets (Mudbone)”

Dr. David Stovall

Dr. David Stovall

David Stovall is Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Over the past eleven years, he has been involved in social justice education efforts in Chicago Public Schools and across the country.  Currently he works with faculty and students at Social Justice High School in Chicago.

Rhymes: Public Enemy “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos” and Organized Konfusion “Releasing Hypnotical Gases”


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Songs from this interview:

Public Enemy “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos”

Public Enemy “You’re Gonna Get Yours”

Common “Nothin’ To Do”

Liquid Liquid “Cavern”

Eric B. & Rakim “My Melody”

Public Enemy “Brothers Gonna Work it Out”

Sugarhill Gang “Rapper’s Delight”

Al Green “I’m so Glad You’re Mine”

Eric B. & Rakim “Mahogany”

Gangstarr “Tonz ‘O’ Gunz”

Public Enemy “Terminator X Speaks with his Hands”

Public Enemy “Fight the Power”

Public Enemy “She Watch Channel Zero”

Immortal Technique “Poverty of Philosophy”

Organized Konfusion “Fudge Pudge”

Organized Konfusion “Keep it Koming”

Organized Konfusion “Releasing Hypnotical Gases”

Organized Konfusion “Stray Bullet”

Pharoahe Monch “Calculated Amalgamation”