SisHer In Hip Hop Martha Diaz

Its tough being apart of a Male Dominated movement were you have to compete vocally towards another female Emcee by trashing and dragging her through the mud. Battling is the part of Hip Hop Culture however female Emcees are encourage to attack then to display their lyrical skills.

Females in Hip Hop represent more then music they represent a movement of Emcees, Dancers, Graffiti Writers, Dj’s, Educators, Activist, Philosopher, Professors, Psychologist, Therapist, and more.

Today we Celebrate our Hip Hop SisHer, Our Queen: Martha Diaz

Martha Diaz is the founder of the Hip-Hop Education Center. She’s an award winning community organizer, social entrepreneur, media producer, archivist, curator, and professor at New York University. For two decades, Diaz has traversed between the hip-hop entertainment industry, non-profit sector and academia. She has worked on Hollywood productions and produced TV shows, documentaries, music videos, and PSA’s. Diaz served as the executive director of the Hip-Hop Association, where she produced and curated the Hip-Hop Odyssey International Film Festival and Hip-Hop Education Summit.

In 2010, Diaz founded the Hip-Hop Education Center, housed at NYU’s Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, to cultivate and professionalize the field of hip-hop-based education. She is co-editor of the Hip-Hop Education Guidebook, Vol. I (Hip-Hop Association, 2007) and Rebel Music: Resistance Through Hip Hop and Punk (Information Age Publishing, 2015). Among her fellowships and residencies, Diaz served as resident of NJ Performing Arts Center’s Alternate Routes Program, Fellow at NYU Reynolds Program for Social Entrepreneurship, Senior Fellow at the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation – National Museum of American History, and Hip-Hop Scholar at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – NY Public Library. In 2014, Diaz was appointed as Columbia University Community Scholar, where she collaborates with the Institute for Urban and Minority Education and the Center for Justice. Her most recent media project is the award winning NAS: Time Is Illmatic documentary. Diaz is a Cabinet Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a citizen-led, policy-oriented leadership group.



Chance the Rapper Donates $1million Dollars

Hip Hop is more than Music, it’s a movement!!!

Chance the Rapper, a Chicago native has donated $1 Million Dollars from his ticket Sales to the Chicago Public school Foundation “for arts and enrichment” programming on Monday March 6,2017. The Emcee is asking others to join the fight “Take Care of Chicago Kids”.

Respect to Chance the Rapper, The 5th Element of Hip Hop Culture.


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“Melanin Girl Story”

                                                                                COMING IN 2017
8809 Films and Hip Hop Education 4 Youth Presents “Melanin Girl Story” a documentary that touches on issues of Colorism, Discrimination and Challenges Darker Girls and Woman have to face while living in today’s society.
We are interviewing African-American Girls and Woman from the Central Pennsylvania area who had experience Racism, Stereotype, discrimination, Teased and a target within their own race. Many who had suffered Trauma and Depression by fighting for expectancy.
Our goal is to bring the awareness and educated the Central Pa area and uniting Black,Brown and our Light Skinned Girls by embracing and creating a solutions.melanin-girl-banner

Hip Hop Against Violence School Tour


8885161393_e9bab71462_o copy 6HHAV have partner up with the Jam Master Jay Foundation called JMJ Foundation 4 Youth and Embracing Arm inc. which both are 501 c 3 Non Profit.

Hip Hop Against Violence School Tour is a movement of young artist who is taking a stand to “Stop The Violence” and using Hip Hop as a tool to bridge the gap and unified the Community, Schools and Educators through Assemblies performances, Lectures and Workshop. The tour will consist of Break Dancers, Emcees, Poets and Speaker of victims families, or victim of Gun Violence.

HHAV started in 2006 by Hip Hop Educator and Historian Michele Hairston who founded the Unifying Through the Hip Hop Culture, Harrisburg City Breakers and a dedicated member of Universal Zulu Nation Pennsylvania Chapter.  Ms. Hairston started this movement to seek peace and unity by using Education, Entertainment and Arts through the Hip Hop Culture & Music.

In 2013, Shawn Vaughan, James Brickus, Elijah Ellis and Quinton Coker (Nephew of Jam Master Jay) had a vision to take the HHAV tour back into the schools to Perform and to improve the negative image of Hip Hop Culture by creating a energetic and fun event to engage with the students in a Auditorium Concert setting. The event will display a  dance battle, positive emcee battles an amazing performance from the Zulu Bratz and more. If you want this event at your school please email us at

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