Aamer Rahman


Aamer Rahman

After years of performing as half of the critically acclaimed duo Fear of a Brown Planet, Aamer Rahman finally appears in his long-awaited debut solo show.

Rhymes: Public Enemy, “Give It Up”, Dead Prez, “Hip Hop”, and Black Star, “Definition”


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Dr. Walter Kimbrough


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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Dillard University



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Mychal Denzel Smith

Mychal Denzel Smith

Mychal Denzel Smith

Mychal Denzel Smith is a Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute, contributing writer for The Nation Magazine, blogger for TheNation.com, as well as a contributor to Feministing.com and Salon. His work as appeared online for publications such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Gawker, and many others. As a social commentator, he has appeared on MSNBC, Al Jazeera America, CNN, NPR, BBC radio, HuffPost Live, and more. In 2014, he was named to named by Ebony Magazine’s as “What’s Next” in politics and civil rights, as well as The Root 100 list of most influential African-Americans, and nominated for a National Association of Black Journalists award for online commentary. He was among Planned Parenthhood’s 99 Dreamkeepers for Black History Month in 2015, and made the list of New Social Justice Leaders by Sean Combs’ Revolt TV.

Rhymes: Public Enemy “Prophets of Rage,” Pete Rock & CL Smooth “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.),” and Jay-Z ft. The Notorious B.I.G. “Brooklyn’s Finest”


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Nation Institute


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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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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”

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)”

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


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”