Welcome to our New 2019-2020 Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellows Stacey Robinson and Bakari Kitwana!
Bakari Kitwana, an internationally known cultural critic, journalist, activist and thought leader in the area of hip-hop, youth culture, and Black political engagement. Bakari is the executive director of rap sessions, which for the last fourteen years has conducted over 100 townhall meetings on difficult dialogues facing the hip-hop and millennial generations. The former Editor-in chief of The Source magazine, he is the co-founder of the first ever National Hip-Hop Political Convention, which brought over 4000 18-29 year olds to Newark, NJ in 2004 to create and endorse a political agenda for the hip-hop generation.
Stacey Robinson, an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Illinois is an Arthur Schomburg fellow who completed his Masters of Fine Art at the University at Buffalo. His multimedia work discusses ideas of “Black Utopias” as decolonized spaces of peace by considering Black affluent, self-sustaining communities, Black protest movements and the art that document(ed) them.