Daryn was born and raised in Washington DC and came to Chicago to attended Columbia College. While there she won the Biggest Mouth Competition, the schools most competitive music competition. After graduation she decided to stay in the city, calling Chicago her second home after living here for nearly 8 years now. She’s had several opportunities to perform at great venues around the city; Lincoln Hall, Chop Shop, Schubas, Reggie’s, and The Metro among many others. IN 2014 she released an EP titled GREEN that led to a few articles from The Chicago Tribune and the Red Eye, and opened the door to many other wonderful unforgettable opportunities and friendships. Daryn now continues to make music with her producer Dee Lilly in her South Side Apartment. Currently releasing tracks for her “Wild Flower Series” and moving towards another EP at the top of the year, Daryn is sure to keep busy creating.
Rhymes: Lil Wayne, “Go DJ,” Black Star “Definition,” and Kanye West “I Wonder”
Vann R. Newkirk II, also known as fivefifths, is a writer, editor, graphic designer, and activist entrepreneur who is currently Chief Scribe and founder at Seven Scribes, a new online destination for millennials of color. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and UNC-Chapel Hill, and is deeply passionate about social justice, environmental justice, Afrofuturism/speculative fiction, and hip-hop, and in the intersection between them all. His work has been featured in Ebony, GQ, and Grantland among other outlets.
Rhymes: Outkast “Aquemini,” Blackstar ft. Common “Respiration,” and Gucci Mane “Lemonade”
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”
Jamilah King is a writer based in New York City. Currently a senior editor at Colorlines, her writing focuses mostly on media, race, and culture. Her work has appeared on Salon, MSNBC, the American Prospect, Al Jazeera, The Advocate, and in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She’s also a music junkie and an unabashed Bay Area sports fan.
Rhymes: JT The Bigga Figga “Game Recognize Game,” Talib Kweli “Get By,” and Louis Logic “Dos Factotum”