J. PERIOD

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J. PERIOD

Hailed as a “music guru” by Rolling Stone and cited among the “world’s Top DJ’s” by The New York Times, J.PERIOD is a master of his craft: a musical storyteller whose work bridges cultures, generations and styles.

J.PERIOD’S resume boasts collaborations with Grammy winners Common, John Legend, Joss Stone & Mary J. Blige. He has been called, “The most creative mixtape producer of all-time” by music icon Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots.

For years, J.PERIOD’s “musical documentary” projects have redefined the hip hop landscape, merging music with narrative to tell stories in a powerful and unprecedented way. His work with hip hop and R&B titans including Nas, Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, and Q-Tip has received countless awards and earned millions of listeners. This legacy of groundbreaking work was recently celebrated in the exclusive J.PERIOD X 10 Collection.

In the past year, J.PERIOD has produced the original score for the EMMY® award-winning The Doctor, the original theme song for the relaunch of NBA TV’s flagship Inside Stuff, plus critically-acclaimed remix tributes to James Brown, 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G.. For his efforts, J.PERIOD was nominated for DJ/Remixer of The Year at the Global Spin Awards and featured on Okayplayer’s annual Best List.

As Music Supervisor for the Brooklyn Nets’ at Barclays Center, J.PERIOD’s custom-curated soundtrack won rave reviews and was praised as the new standard for music in the NBA arena (ESPN). J.PERIOD is also credited with producing the Brooklyn Nets’ opening theme song in both of its first two seasons at Barclays Center.

Outside the studio, J.PERIOD is equally adept onstage, whether providing the soundtrack for Norman Lear or performing as Tour DJ for artists including Black Thought, The Roots, Lauryn Hill, Q-Tip & Kanye West at venues ranging from Summer Jam 2014 to Johannesburg’s Coca-Cola Dome.

Rhymes: Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five “The Message,” Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five, “Beat Street Breakdown,” Nas “N.Y. State of Mind,” A Tribe Called Quest “Midnight Marauders,” De La Soul “De La Soul is Dead” and Ice Cube “Death Certificate”

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Dr. Walter Kimbrough

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Dr. Walter Kimbrough

A native of Atlanta, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough was his high school salutatorian and student body president in 1985, and went on to earn degrees from the University of Georgia, Miami University in Ohio, and a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University. He has enjoyed a fulfilling career in student affairs, serving at Emory University, Georgia State University, Old Dominion University, and finally Albany State University in 2000 where he became the Vice President for Student Affairs at the age of 32. In October of 2004, at the age of 37, he was named the 12th president of Philander Smith College. In 2012 he became the 7th president of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kimbrough has been recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and African American men in college. Kimbrough also has been noted for his active use of social media to engage students in articles by The Chronicle of Higher Education, CASE Currents, and Arkansas Life. He was cited in 2010 by Bachelors Degree.com as one of 25 college presidents you should follow on Twitter (@HipHopPrez).

A 1986 initiate of the Zeta Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at the University of Georgia, Kimbrough was the Alpha Phi Alpha College Brother of the Year for the Southern Region and served as the Southern Region Assistant Vice President. Dr. Kimbrough has forged a national reputation as an expert on fraternities and sororities, with specific expertise regarding historically Black, Latin and Asian groups. He is the author of the book, Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities.

Dr. Kimbrough was named the 1994 New Professional of the Year for the Association of Fraternity Advisors, and selected as a 2001 Nissan-ETS HBCU Fellow. In 2009, he was named by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of 25 To Watch. In 2010, he made the coveted Ebony Magazine Power 100 list of the doers and influencers in the African American community, joining the likes of President and Mrs. Obama, Jay-Z, Richard Parsons, Tyler Perry, Debra Lee, and Tom Joyner. Finally, in February of 2013 he was named to NBC News/The Griot.com’s 100 African Americans making history today, joining another impressive group including Kerry Washington, Ambassador Susan Rice, Kendrick Lamar, Mellody Hobson, and RG III.

Dr. Kimbrough and his wife Adria Nobles Kimbrough, attorney with the Kullman firm in New Orleans, are the proud parents of two children: Lydia Nicole, 7, and Benjamin Barack, 5.

Rhymes: Kool Moe Dee, “I Go To Work,” Public Enemy, “Burn Hollywood Burn,” and De La Soul, “Stakes is High”

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Amer Ahmed

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Amer Ahmed

Amer F. Ahmed serves as Associate Director of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, Associate Faculty at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication and a member of SpeakOut: Institute for Democratic Leadership and Culture.  An individual with eclectic personal and professional experience, he is a Hip Hop activist, spoken word poet, diversity consultant and college administrator, channeling his diverse experiences into work geared towards facilitating effective intercultural development.  Amer’s education in Anthropology and Black Studies, his extensive global experiences and role as Co-Chair for the Board of Directors of Hip Hop Congress all supports his efforts to address issues of social justice that continue to face traditionally marginalized communities.  He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Adult and Higher Education at the University of South Dakota.

Rhymes: Gift of Gab “Up,” Binary Star “I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings (Part 2),” De La Soul “Stakes is High”

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SpeakOut!

“Dawah”- Spoken Word Artist

Intercultural Diversity Consultant

Songs from this Interview:

Gift of Gab “Up”

Shahbaz Qalander “Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan”

J. Rawls ft. Apani B and Mr. Complex “Far Away”

Wu-Tang Clan “C.R.E.A.M.”

Binary Star “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Part 2)”

Reflection Eternal “African Dream”

One Be Lo “Decepticons (Pete Rock Remix)”

U2 “One”

J. Live “Satisfied?”

Nas “Heaven”

De La Soul “Stakes if High”

De La Soul “Sunshine”

Speech

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Speech was born Todd Thomas in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the youngest of parents Robert & Patricia Thomas. Speech started the music group, Arrested Development. Arrested Development won two Grammy Awards (Best new artists & Best rap single 1993) with songs that Speech wrote and produced from the album, “3 years, 5 months and 2 days in the life of…”  Speech has released 5 solo albums since 1996 all of which have spawned Top 10 hit singles. Speech became an ordained minister with the Churches of Christ in 2005.  Speech says, “My most proud achievement is my marriage to Yolanda, (we’ve been together over 17 years), our two children Jahi and Zoe Thomas and my faith in Jesus, which is my biggest strength & guidance.”

Rhymes: Public Enemy “Rebel Without a Pause”, and De La Soul “The Magic Number”.

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Arrested Development

@ADtheBand

“Standing At The Crossroads” Free Download

Speech’s Personal Site

Songs from this Interview:

Public Enemy “Rebel Without a Pause”

Public Enemy “Public Enemy Number 1”

Gil Scott Heron “Home is Where the Hatred Is”

“A Different World” Theme Song

Arrested Development “People Everyday”

Kilo Ali “Lost Y’all Minds”

Def Jef “Black to the Future”

Arrested Development “Tennessee”

De La Soul “The Magic Number”

Stetasonic “Music for the Stetfully Insane”

De La Soul “Say No Go”

Arrested Development “Natural”

Arrested Development “Mr. Wendal”

Boogie Down Productions “You Must Learn”

Mary J. Blige “Everyday People”

Lecrae ft. Trip Lee “Jesus Muzik”

Drake ft. Trey Songz “Successful”

Sharrieff Muhammad

Sharrieff Muhammad

Sharrieff Muhammad writes, performs, listens. He is a founding member of Tomorrow Kings Chicago Hip Hop Collective. Sometimes he is known as IL. Subliminal.  He is inspired by progressive art. He is an Illinois Arts Council and Fire This Time Grant Recipient. He is a friend, mentor, son, brother, lover, hater, food service worker, comic book collector, song writing aficionado,  film geek, and a self proclaimed hip hop historian.

Rhymes: Eric B. & Rakim “Microphone Fiend,” Public Enemy “Fight the Power,” A Tribe Called Quest ft Leaders of the New School “Scenario,” Cypress Hill “How I Could Just Kill a Man,” Outkast “Elevators (Me & You),” 2Pac “So Many Tears,” De La Soul “Stakes is High,” Notorious B.I.G. “Everyday Struggle,” and Common “Resurrection (Large Professor Remix)”

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Poet Laureate of Wicker Park

Tomorrow Kings

Songs from this Interview:

Brand Nubian “Looking at God/Wake Up!”

Eric Clapton “Crossroads”

Eric B. & Rakim “Microphone Fiend”

Public Enemy “Fight the Power”

Public Enemy “Bring the Noise”

A Tribe Called Quest ft Leaders of the New School “Scenario”

A Tribe Called Quest “Excursions”

Cypress Hill “How I Could Just Kill a Man”

The Police “Every Breath You Take”

Puff Daddy ft Faith Evans and 112 “I’ll Be Missing You”

Outkast “Elevators (Me & You)”

Ghostface Killah “Iron Maiden”

2Pac “So Many Tears”

De La Soul “Stakes is High”

The Notorious B.I.G. “Everyday Struggle”

Common “Resurrection (Large Professor Remix)”

Killarmy “Feel It”

Lupe Fiasco “Muhammad Walks”