Jeff Chang

Jeff Chang

Jeff Chang

Jeff Chang currently serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. His first book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, garnered many honors, including the American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award. He edited the book, Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop. His new book, Who We Be: The Colorization of America, is available as of October 2014. He is currently at work on two other book projects: Youth (Picador Big Ideas/Small Books series), and a biography of Bruce Lee (Little, Brown). Jeff has been a USA Ford Fellow in Literature and a winner of the North Star News Prize. He was named by The Utne Reader as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World”. With H. Samy Alim, he was the 2014 winner of the St. Clair Drake Teaching Award at Stanford University. Jeff co-founded CultureStr/ke and ColorLines. He was a Senior Editor/Director at Russell Simmons’ He has written for the The Nation, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, Foreign Policy, and Mother Jones, among many others. Jeff received a bachelor’s degree from U.C Berkley and a master’s degree in Asian American Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1993, he co-founded and ran the influential hip-hop indie label, SoleSides, now Quannum Projects, helping launch the careers of DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker. He has helped produce over a dozen records, including the “godfathers of gangsta rap”, the Watts Prophets. Jeff has lectured at dozens of colleges, universities, festivals, and institutions in the U.S. and around the world. He was an organizer of the inaugural National Hip-Hop Political Convention and has served as a board member for several organizations working for change through youth and community organizing, media justice, culture, the arts, and hip-hop activism.

Rhymes: Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force “Renegade Chant,” Blackalicious “Swan Lake,” and Ice Cube “Black Korea”



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More Info on Jeff:

Jeff Chang’s Home: Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

Who We Be: The Colorization of America

Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts


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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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More Info on Jose:


Home Court

Songs from this Interview:

We Are Hip Hop Festival

9th Annual We Are Hip Hop Festival

via the We Are Hip Hop Festival from ElevArte Community Studio

Lili K.


Lili K.

Lili K is the 23 year old songstress whose name is quickly popping up in the music world.  Her smooth and sultry sound is countered well by her quirky and energetic performances with her live band.

She’s the voice you hear in your favorite Chicago hip-hop artists’ music (cue Acid Rap and Innanetape), but she has also created an original jazzy, soulful, hip hop sound that is all her own.  With inspirations from Ella Fitzgerald to Erykah Badu to Sharon Jones, Lili’s love and respect for music is heard loud and clear.  The melodic keys, hard hitting drums, guitar licks, and soulful bass of her band are the driving force begind her very musical and fun live shows.

Lili K has performed at SXSW, Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, Summerfest, and CMJ, and has shared stages with Musiq Soulchild, Dwele, BJ The Chicago Kid, Chance the Rapper, and Vic Mensa.  She was listed in ‘Best of 2013′ lists on Rolling Stone, NPR, and Complex for her feature work with Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa.

In July of 2011, Lili released her first project, a four song EP entitled ‘A Prelude to Hello,’ with composer Peter Cottontale.  She has worked with Thelonious Martin, MC Tree, Vic Mensa, and Chance The Rapper.  In October of 2012, Lili and Peter Cottontale released their second project ‘Metal Petals.’ Lili K. released her third EP ‘My Favorite Things’ on July 1, 2013.

Lili is currently working with her band on her self-produced debut album.  She’s a fresh face to the game with a modernly vintage sound;  there is much more to come from this young vocalist.

Rhymes: Ella Fitzgerald “Oh, Lady, Be Good,” The Spinners “It’s a Shame,” and India.Arie “Get It Together”



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Lili K. on Facebook

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Dr. Raphael Travis, Jr.


Dr. Raphael Travis, Jr.

Dr. Raphael Travis Jr., LCSW, is an Associate Professor at Texas State University – San Marcos School of Social Work.  He holds degrees from University of Virginia, University of Michigan, and University of California at Los Angeles.

Rhymes: Boogie Down Productions “My Philosophy,” Public Enemy “Can’t Truss It,” and Talib Kweli ft. Jean Grae “Black Girl Pain”


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More Info on Dr. Travis:

Dr. Travis’ Interview with inSocialWork Podcast


A Profile via the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dr. Travis’ Faculty Profile

Songs from this Interview:

DJ Hoodwink “Tired of Ducking U x Your Triumph”

 Talib Kweli “New Leaders”

Chance the Rapper “Dear Chicago Summer”

Hotel de Ville (Kanye West)

Hotel de Ville (Kanye West)