Jose Olivarez

Jose Olivarez

Jose Olivarez

José Olivarez is a poet from Calumet City, Illinois. He is a graduate of Harvard University and a founding member of the Teaching Artist Corps at Young Chicago Authors. He has performed and taught at high schools, universities, and book festivals across the country, and his work has been published or is forthcoming in The Acentos Review, Specter Magazine, Side B Magazine, Union Station Magazine, and Luna Luna among other places. His work has also been featured on Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie basketball blog, Chicago Public Radio, and on Mass Poetry’s PoeTry on the T program. His first book, Home Court, is now available.

Rhymes: Commonsense “Thisisme,” Kanye West “School Spirit,” and A Tribe Called Quest “Buggin’ Out”

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@JayOhEssEe

Home Court

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Malia Lazu

Malia Lazu

Malia Lazu

Upon completing a two-year fellowship at MIT, Malia Lazu joins Future Boston with over two decades of experience establishing grass roots involvement in political advocacy and civic engagement.  Malia took over as Executive Director in November 2011 where she serves as chief operation officer of Future Boston, credited for taking Future Boston from concept into reality.   The passion and success of Malia’s work has earned her a reputation as one of the most insightful and critical organizers of her generation, and caught the attention of MTV, Showtime, ABC-TV’s Chronicle, Fox News, and print publications such as Newsweek, The Boston Globe, and Boston Magazine.  In addition to her extensive work advocating for our youth, Malia has managed campaigns for numerous tastemakers including Grammy Award-winner and famed Civil-Rights Activist Harry Belafonte, American novelist Walter Mosley, and Peter Lewis, philanthropist and Democratic Party donor.

Rhymes: Salt ‘N Pepa “Push It,” Public Enemy “Don’t Believe the Hype,” and the Wu-Tang Clan “Cream.”

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Future Boston Alliance

@MaliaLazu

Songs from this Interview:

Salt ‘N Pepa “Push It”

Salt ‘N Pepa “Let’s Talk About Sex”

Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg “Nuthin’ but a G Thang (Instrumental)”

Big Jaz ft. Jay-Z “Hawaiian Sophie”

Public Enemy “Don’t Believe the Hype”

KRS-One “Free Mumia”

Akrobatik “Home”

Gang Starr “New York Straight Talk”

Ed O.G. and Da Bulldogs “Speak Upon It”

Wu-Tang Clan “Cream”

Grandmaster Melle Mel “Beat Street Breakdown”

Nas “Black President”

KRS-One “Self-Construction”

Sam Seidel

Sam Seidel

Sam Seidel is the author of Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education. He’s been loving–and making–rap music since 1984. Sam has taught in a variety of settings, from first grade to community college, and directed arts programs for young people in prison/affected by incarceration. Sam has been involved in multiple projects aimed at ending the prison industrial complex, including work with Drop the Rock and the Criminal Justice Initiative.  Sam now works with national networks of innovative high schools, speaks at education conferences and on college campuses, and writes for The Husslington Post, as well as other publications. Sam serves on the boards of AS220, the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings, and Resource Generation.  He is also a recovering sneaker addict.

Rhymes: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five “The Message,” Common Sense “Book of Life,” and Jay-Z “Can I Live”

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Hip-Hop Genius:Remixing High School Education

Husslington Post

Criminal Justice Initiative

Songs from this Interview:

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five “The Message”

MC Spice “Don’t Treat Your Girlie Like A Dog”

Ice Cube “Check Yo Self (Remix)”

Puff Daddy ft. Mase “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down”

Common Sense “Book of Life”

Common “The Bitch in Yoo”

Jay-Z “Can I Live”

Jay-Z “Takeover”

Jay-Z “You Must Love Me”

50 Cent “50 Bars”