Recent Speaking Engagements

 
June 10, 2016
Prince Georges Community College Homeschool Conference
Using Hip Hop to Teach African/Black History & Social Studies
 
 
October 12, 2015
Importance of Men in the Lives of Youth
Spoke to Parents of Children at Paint Branch Elementary School
College Park, Maryland
 
October 3, 2015
Utilizing Hip Hop to Deconstruct Structural Racism While Advancing Social Justice 
NAME Conference/New Orleans, LA
February 16, 2016
Examining African/Black History & Hip Hop Culture
Keynote Lecture
Student National Medical Association
University of Maryland Medical School (Baltimore)

February 9, 2014
African/Black History, Hip Hop & Media Literacy
University of Vermont

May 29, 2014
“Hip Hop, Academic Success, Critical Thought & Giving Back”
Addressed Students from Inner Harbor East Academy (Baltimore, MD)
 
May 28, 2014
College Readiness “Prep” Rally
Paint Branch Elementary School (College Park, MD)
April 7, 2014
 
Hip Hop & the Corporate Media
Lincoln University (PA)
March 31, 2014
Hip Hop, Mass Media and Mass Incarceration
University of Maryland, College Park
October 2013
Hip Hop, History and Critical Thought
This lecture was addressed to a group of students from Prince Georges County Maryland
The lecture utilized various aspects of Hip Hop Culture to teach often marginalized aspects of History and to train youth to be effective critical thinkers
April 2, 2013
Keynote Speech at Lincoln University’s “Spring Fling Week”
Lecture was entitled, “The Often Untold History of Hip Hop Culture:
From Empowerment to Corporate Exploitation”
August 28, 2012
Book Signing & Discussion Event at the University of Maryland (College Park)

 

Friday September 2 2012

University of Maryland (College Park)

Academic Success & Giving Back (Spoke to Maryland High School students about academic success, scholarship and giving back as you achieve varying levels of success)

 

Monday April 23, 2012

South Puget Sound Community College (Olympia, Washington)

Workshop Focused on, Hip Hop History and Social Activism

Tuesday April 24, 2012

South Puget Sound Community College (Olympia, Washington)

Presented a lecture to Faculty and Staff on the Use of Hip Hop to Engage Students within Classroom settings

Wednesday April 25, 2012

South Puget Sound Community College (Olympia, Washington)

Facilitated a lecture to Students on the mechanics of becoming an actions oriented activist within their communities. I also presented on media literacy, social issues, African history and geopolitics in the 21st Century

 

April 11, 2012
Spoke to 400-500 youth at Martin Luther King Middle School in Beltsville, Maryland. The speech was centered on Media Literacy, Knowledge, Critical Thought and Hip Hop Culture

 

 

 

February 7, 2012
Featured Keynote Speaker at Central State University’s Convocation
Speech focused on African/black History Through Hip Hop

 

 

 

February 5, 2011

Lecture Entitled, “Marcus Garvey’s Negro World &
Underground” Hip Hop Music:
The Mainstream Suppression of Black Liberation Oriented Mediums”

(Association of African American Historical Research and Preservation Conference in Seattle, WA)

February 1, 2011

“Black/African History Lecture and Presentation as part of a Black History Month Celebration Dinner at the Nyumburu Cultural Center”
(University of Maryland—College Park, Maryland)

December 21, 2010

“Using Hip Hop to Develop Critical Thought, Hone Media Literacy Skills and learn History”
(Success Academy—Baltimore, Maryland)

November 5, 2010

“Hip Hop Culture, Student Retention and Student Actvisim ” workshop at the Association of Black Cultural Centers National Conference
(Hyattsville, Maryland)

September 10 and 12, 2010

“Hip Hop, Corporate Media and Social Justice ” lecture the Kristiansand Protest Festival
(Kristiansand, Norway)

August 14, 2010

Spoke and participated on a panel at a community forum event discussing solutions and community engagement in regards to supporting Young Black Men and Adolescents

(Templeton Elementary School, Riverdale,MD)

July 1, 2010

“Hip Hop, Popularized Violence, Corporate Media and Education ” lecture at the Baltimore Public School Counselors’ Annual Retreat (Baltimore,MD)

June 12, 2010

“Hip Hop, Corporate Media and the Suppression of Pan-African Thought” lecture at the Roxbury/Harlem Book Fair (Boston,MA)
May 1, 2010 Facilitated a lecture styled workshop entitled, “Race, Crime, Corporate Media and the War on Drugs” at the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference at the University of Maryland.

February 22, 2010

“The True History of Haiti” lecture at  Georgetown University  for their Student NAACP Chapter

October 26, 2009 Gave a Presentation on the Use of Culturally Relevant Pedagogical Methods within the context of Peer-Mentoring and Tutoring at the University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI)

 

October 26, 2009 Gave a Presentation on Hip Hop, the Corporate Media and Social Issues at the University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI)

 

October 1, 2009 Gave a Multi-media Presentation entitled “Progressive Education via Hip Hop Culture” the City Schools Access Conference at Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD)

 

June 6, 2009 Gave a speech entitled “There can be no Peace without Justice:The Role We Play in the Struggle for Justice and Equality” at the School of Life (Bethesda, MD)

 

April 25, 2009 Facilitated two workshops, to educators and parents, on the “Responsible Use of Hip Hop Culture within the Classroom within the Constructs of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy” & Media Literacy at the Maryland Regional NAME Conference (National Association of Multicultural Edcation) in Salisbury Maryland.

 

April 18, 2009 Served as the Keynote speaker at the 1st Annual Family Circle Teen-Caregiver Retreat at Washington Children’s Hospital (The Often Untold Story of Hip Hop Culture)

 

April 16, 2009 Lectured to 9th and 10th grade students at Suitland High School (Suitland, MD) on Hip Hop History, the Mainstrem Media, Media Literacy
March 21, 2009 Conducted a workshop on the “Suppression of Progressive Black Thought by the Mainstream Media” at the African American Association of Historical Research and Preservation’s Conference at Seattle University (Seattle, WA)
March 19, 2009 Book signing & discussion event at Life Enrichment Bookstore in

Seattle, WA (6:30 – 9:00 pm)

March 19, 2009Conducted at an Academic Enthusiasm via Hip Hop Workshop for students at Brighten Elementary School (Seattle, WA)

March 11, 2009 Conducted a workshop to the Maryland State Department of Education on Intergrating Hip Hop into the Curriculum as a Tool for Enhancing Student Achievement

 

November 25, 2008 Guest Lectured at Catholic University (DC) on The Use of Hip Hop as an Educational Tool within the Constructs of Culturally Relevant Pedagogical Philosophies.
November 15, 2008 Served as a Keynote speaker at the University of Maryland Baltimore County African Student Association’s “Cry for Help” Fundraising Benefit to help send Textbooks to Youth in Northern Uganda.
October 22, 2008 Served as the Keynote speaker at the Baltimore Public School System’s Division of Teaching & Learning, Department of Academic Achievement and Office of Multicultural Education. The topic of the speech was: “Mining the Positive Motivators from Hip Hop to Educate”
October 11, 2008 Facilitated two presentations entitled, “The Often Untold History of Hip Hop” at the Maryland State Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Rockville, MD)
October 6, 2008 Featured as a guest speaker at a SEED (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity) meeting. Spoke about the intersectionalities of Race and Politics in America (Washington DC)
September 27, 2008 Appeared as a featured speaker at the 2008 “Building a Community of Leaders:Valuing Self and Your Community” Gates Millennium Scholars Conference (Chantilly, VA)
September 13, 2008 Hosted & Moderated the “I Have Standards” Community Based Program’s Panel oriented Television Show (Maryland)
July 18, 2008 Featured as a Keynote Speaker for the Regional African Student Association Conference (Bowie State University). Speech highlighted Pan-African Unity and Proactive Community Involvement.
June 27, 2008 Facilitated a workshop on how Educators can Use Hip Hop Culture Responsibly to Educate Students at the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium Summer 2008 Institute
June 3, 2008 Presented at an assembly for 6th Graders at Seabrook Elementary School on Academic Motivation via aspects of Hip Hop Culture & Extra-Curricular Activities(Lanham, MD)

 

May 3, 2008 Presented on the Practical Use of Hip Hop Culture within the Public School Classroom at the First Central and Northern PIRC Conference (Hyattsville, MD)

 

April 18, 2008 Facilitated a presentation for  87 Sixth Graders on the topics of Academic Enthusiasm and Black History via Hip Hop Culture for the Kids to College Program (University of Maryland)

 

April 11, 2008 Facilitated a presentation for  200 Sixth Graders on the topics of Academic Enthusiasm and Black History via Hip Hop Culture for the Kids to College Program (University of Maryland)

 

March 20, 2008 Facilitated a presentation on Academic Enthusiasm and Community Involvement via Hip Hop Culture at the Alameda County Juvenile Detention Center
March 18, 2008 Featured as the Master of Ceremonies for a special school assembly at North Campus High School in San Pablo, CaliforniaThe event “Education Not Incarceration” was centered on improving educational opportunities to children in California.

 

February 20, 2008 The 2008 WMATA Black History Month BanquetKeynote Lecture entitled, “Taking a Critical and Celebratory Look at Hip Hop”

 

October 24, 2007 Lecture on “Beyond Hip Hop: Beats, Rhymes, Life, History & Academics” & book signing at Manchester Community College (Manchester, CT)
October 21, 2007 Appeared as a speaker at the “Power Beyond Measure” Alexandria NAACP Awards Banquet/Event (Alexandria, VA)
October 2007 Appeared on the nationally syndicated “George Wilsonon the Hill” radio program
June 30, 2007 Book signing and discussion on the Media’s Relationship to Hip Hop Culture & Hip Hop and Education (Harlem Book Fair/Boston, MA)
June 16, 2007 Gaithersburg (MD) Youth ExpoLecture on Hip Hop History and Media Literacy
June 1, 2007 Book signing & discussion event at De Afric Restaurant in

Seattle, WA (6:00 – 9:00 pm)

June 1, 2007 Teacher Professional Development Workshop for the Seattle School District Staff’s Central Office (Seattle, WA)“How to use Hip Hop Culture in the classroom as a culturally relevant pedagogical philosophy”

(1:00 – 3:00 pm)

May 31, 2007 Lecture at Seattle, WA Community Forum“Understanding Hip Hop Culture & its Relationship to the Media”

(6:00 – 9:00 pm)

May 31, 2007 Student assembly at Rainier Beach High School (Seattle, WA) “Academic Enthusiasm & Excellence Via Hip Hop Culture”(10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
May 30, 2007 Student assembly at Cleveland High School (Seattle, WA) “Academic Enthusiasm & Excellence Via Hip Hop Culture”(12:00 – 2:00 pm)
May 30, 2007 Teacher Professional Development Development Workshop at Cleveland High School (Seattle, WA)“How to use Hip Hop Culture in the classroom as a culturally relevant pedagogical philosophy”

(2:30 – 4:30 pm)

May 30, 2007 Teacher Professional Development Development Workshop at Rainer Beach High School (Seattle, WA)“How to use Hip Hop Culture in the classroom as a culturally relevant pedagogical philosophy”

(7:45 – 9:45 am)

May 15, 2007 Hip Hop History and Media Literacy Workshop at White Oak Middle School (Silver Spring, MD)
April 24, 2007 Keynote Speaker for the New England Transfer Association’s Annual Conference (New Hampshire)
April 12, 2007 Keynote Speaker for Montgomery College’s  Workforce Development Continuing Education   Conference on Hip Hop & Media Literacy
February 7, 2007 Appeared on the nationally syndicated “Joe Madison” talk radio show
February 3, 2007 Bringing Historical Balance to U.S. Public Education: Hip Hop’s Progressive Pedagogy (AAAHRP Conference/Seattle University)
January 20, 2007 Appeared on the nationally syndicated “Black Men Screaming” television show in New York City
January 13, 2007 Hip Hop History and Civic Engagement(People’s Community Baptist Church/Silver Spring, MD)

 

October 13, 2006 Keynote Speaker at the 7th Annual School-Community Upcounty Partnership Conference (Gaithersburg, MD)
July 25, 2006 Presented at the 2006 UNIV Instructors Conference (University of Maryland) on how to use Pop Culture as a Tool to Facilitate Rich Classroom Dialogue on Diversity
Spring 2006 Lectured at James Hubert Blake High School (Silver Spring, MD) on Media Literacy through Pop Culture

 

Summer 2005 Prepared and presented speech to the South Eastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering (SECME) on Academic Achievement and Motivation via Unconventional Mediums (Greensboro, NC)
Spring 2005 Presented a workshop on the use of Hip Hop History to create alternative pedagogies, to teach history, diversity education, and civic engagement at the University of Maryland’s 2005 Hip Hop Conference.
Spring 2005 Facilitated a workshop on Black History and Academic Excellence at Martin Luther King Middle School in Beltsville, MD (2005)

 

Spring 2004 Keynote Speaker, at the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Foundation’s Mentor Conference (2004)
Spring 2004 Facilitated a workshop on the Use of Hip Hop Culture as a Tool for Civic Engagement.(Virginia Tech University)

Fall 2003 Presented a scholarly paper on the use of music as an educational tool and the application of the Mindset Transference curriculum. This paper was presented at the Brothers of the Academy 2003 Think Tank Conference in Kansas City, MO.

   
   
   
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