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Rafiqi Green

Rafiqi Green is an hip-hop and soul artist from Chicago’s Lawndale community. His musical expression covers many different topics from sociopolitical issues, to his Islamic faith, to love. Green recently released his latest single “Fiki Ali Bomayé”.


Hailing from New Jersey, Mazzi to the larger group S.O.U.L. (Sense Of Understanding Life’s) Purpose. He had opened for and worked with some of hip-hop’s biggest names. Mazzi travels to Palestine and Israel to do humanitarian work, including conducting workshops, talent shows and live performances for the youth in refugee camps. Documentaries called “Peace In The Middle East” and […]

Drea d’Nur

Singer and songwriter Drea d’Nur has been making an impact as an independent artist for 10 years. Drea is known for moving audiences with blue musical chords and matching warm vocal tones that serve as a fearless voice for those who are hurting. Honest lyrics illustrate how she found her resilience and divine love in the darkest moments. Drea […]


As an emcee and poet, PHENOM has dedicated his life to empowering the People through his music. In 1995, Michelle Obama chose him for the Public Allies program where he had the opportunity to work with and teach youth about violence prevention strategies. PHENOM started L.Y.R.I.C, (Let Your Rhymes Inspire Creativity) with co-founder and fellow poet K-Love […]

Shadia Mansour

Also known as “the first lady of Arabic hip-hop” is a London-born Palestinian singer and MC. Mansour began singing at Palestinian protest rallies as a child and she became known in London’s Palestinian community for performing classical Arab songs of protest at an early age. She has toured with Existence is Resistance, an organization supporting hip-hop shows in Palestine, […]


Kidragon began DJing at the age of 13. Born and raised in San Diego, Kidragon found himself immersed in an environment of hip-hop and benefited greatly from the tutelage of ’s finest DJs, like J.Rocc, Rhettmatic, and Melo D. He has traveled for shows throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, including a tour alongside Slum Village and the […]

Khalil Ismail

Khalil Ismail is a lyricist and vocalist from Baltimore, Maryland. No stranger to IMAN, he performed at the historic Apollo Theatre in New York as part of a special CommUNITY Café event, as well as at ‘Streets festivals. Khalil is known for his passionate, soulful songs and performances that stir and inspire audiences. Driven by a passion for social justice […]


Chicago-based poet/activist Kendria “K-Love” Harris, co-founder of Let Your Rhymes Inspire Creativity (LYRIC), a mentoring organization that uses performance poetry as a tool for empowering Chicago’s underserved youth. K-Love’s goal is to create a platform for young people to express themselves, to sublimate their grief and anger into art, and to give them the positive […]

Kevin Coval

Kevin Coval is the editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and is the author of Schtick, L-vis Lives!: Racemusic Poems, Everyday People, Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica and the play, This is Modern Art, co-written with Idris Goodwin. Founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival and the Artistic […]