Critical and creative, rapper-activist-journalist Narcy has never shied away from using his various platforms to speak truth to power. From collaborations with Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) to teaching hip-hop history to his students at Concordia University, his impact reaches across borders and boundaries. Narcy is a founding member of The Medium, an independent multimedia arts collective focused […]

Zeshan & The Transistors

Zeshan Bagewadi is an acclaimed singer-songwriter who defies categorization. A conservatory-trained vocal virtuoso, he has performed extensively across the United States, Europe, and Asia, using in 11 different languages across genres like opera, musical theater, soul, gospel, ghazal, qawwali, and indie-rock. In March of 2016, Zeshan traveled to Memphis to record his solo debut album of repurposed 1960s […]

DJ ManOWax

As an artist, Asad Ali Jafri plays and blends soulful, spiritual, and, of course, funky music from around the globe as DJ Man-O-Wax.  As a founding member and artistic director of FEW Collective, Asad directs and tours with a rotating group of performing artists and musicians using art to engage, educate, and inspire.  One of Asad’s signature […]

Rock Steady Crew

The legendary New York City collective was established in 1977 by Bronx and Manhattan b-boys, and quickly rose to international stardom. Led by Jo Jo, Jimmy D, Crazy Legs, Lenny Len and Mr. Freeze, the Rock Steady Crew pushed “breakdancing” into the forefront of pop culture. They have appeared in major motion pictures and on national television […]

Mo Amer

Mo Amer has performed in over 27 countries on five continents, including Germany, Italy, Sicily, Japan, Korea and Bahrain, and collaborated with fellow comedians Preacher Moss and Azhar Usman on the Allah Made Me Funny tour. In 2015, Amer recorded Legally Homeless, becoming the first Arab-American to star in his own nationally televised one-hour stand-up special. Amer’s work promotes art and understanding […]

Rabbi Capers C. Funnye

Capers C. Funnye, Jr. is rabbi and spiritual leader of Chicago’s Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation. In October 2015, Rabbi Funnye was installed as Chief Rabbi of the Hebrew Israelites in the United States of America.

Linda Sarsour

Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. She is a Palestinian Muslim American and a self-proclaimed “pure New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn!” She is the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online […]

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

With civil rights advocacy in his DNA, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL, Dr. Moss spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of […]

Abel Muhammad

Abel Muhammad is a student minister for the Nation of Islam at Mosque Maryam on Chicago’s South Side. He also serves as the Nation’s Latino Representative, traveling across the country and internationally speaking and teaching in various communities.