Hip-Hop Association

After leading the Hip-Hop Association and producing/curating the H2O International Film Festival and Hip-Hop Education Summit for six years (2002-2008), Martha Diaz put everything on hiatus and went back to school to earn a M.A. at NYU’s Gallatin School for Individualized Study. In 2010 as a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, Diaz launched the Hip-Hop Education Center as a for-profit social venture to create a hybrid enterprise business model.


Through the Hip-Hop Association (H2A), a 501(c)(3) non-profit community building organization, the HHEC will conduct grant-funded research, offer free professional development and curated programs, and receive individual donations. Since its inception, the H2A has taken many shapes to meet the needs of the people. The mission of the H2A is to facilitate social justice, education reform, cross-cultural understanding, economic sustainability, and civic engagement through advocacy, policy, and community building initiatives. Below is a historical timeline that includes events, initiatives, and the many volunteers, advisors, and artists participation.


March 2016 – Regan Sommer McCoy teamed up with Martha Diaz as Chief Content Management Officer and co-curator of the HHEC. Through this merger the Mixtape Museum and Hip-Hop Hacks are now part of the HHEC programing initiatives.

May 2015 – HHEC publishes “It Takes a Hip-Hop Nation: A Three Year Study on Professional Development in the Hip-Hop Education Field” Edited by Martha Diaz, Raymond Codrington, and Yolanda Sealy-Ruiz (Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College – Columbia University)

October 2012 – HHEC in partnership with Schomburg Center, Cornell University’s Hip-Hop Collections, and the National Museum of American History Archives presents “Documenting History In Your Own Backyard: A Symposium for Archiving and Preserving Hip-Hop Culture.”

June 2012 – HHEC partners with the Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture – NY Public Library to develop a hip-hop program initiative and expand their hip-hop collection.

November 2013 – HHEC teams up with Schomburg to present Think Tank Session IIILegacy Building: Cultivating a Global Cypher from the Streets to the Classroom” at the Schomburg Center.

July 2013 – HHEC releases “Making Connections with Hip-Hop Education and Pedagogy: Baltimore, Providence, and San Antonio Case Studies” Written by Raymond Codrington and Martha Diaz. This report was supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

November 2012 – HHEC teams up with the Institute for Urban and Minority Education to present Think Tank Session II “Laying the Foundation: Defining the Field, Establishing Goals, and Creating Standards” at Teachers College, Columbia University

November 2011 – HHEC teams up with the Metropolitan Center to present Think Tank Session I “Rolling Deep, Moving Forward: Professionalizing Hip-Hop Education” at New York University

October 2011 – HHEC publishes first field report “Re-Imagining Teaching and Learning: A Snapshot of Hip-Hop Education” Prepared by Pedro Noguera, PhD, Edward Fergus, PhD, and Martha Diaz (Metro Center – Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development – New York University)

June 2010 – Diaz launches HHEC with the support of Dr. Pedro Noguera and the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (formerly known as Metropolitan Center for Urban Education) and a grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation.


November 2008

  • BFM International Black Film Festival – UK H2A partnered with BFM International Black Film Festival, the largest Black film festival in the UK, to provide Hip-Hop film programming from throughout the African Diaspora

October 2008

  • Our Time: Remix the Vote – Anchorage, Alaska H2A assisted in programming and facilitated workshops for the Our Time 2008 Remix the Vote event

August 2008

  • National Hip Hop Political Convention – Las Vegas, Nevada H2A provided film programming and panel participation for the National Hip Hop Political Convention • We B*Girlz Summit – Berlin, Germany H2A participated in the We B Girlz Summit in Berlin, Germany, the largest event in Europe celebrating Women in Hip Hop

June 2008

  • UN Habitat Your City Summit – Durban, South Africa H2A participated as a community partner with Baobab connections in the UN Habitat Your City Summit in Durban, South Africa to address issues of violence and youth empowerment

May 2008

  • Kings and Queens Chess Classic – Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Education Center in Harlem The Kings and Queens Classic was a celebration of Chess, Art and Photography that took place during Hip-Hop Appreciation Week. The goal of the KQC was to promote the powerful influence of using Chess, Art, and Photography as a viable teaching tool to empower youth to develop important skills such as creativity, intuition, memory, and problem-solving abilities.

April 2008

  • HHEAL [Hip-Hop Educates and Advances Lives] Festival – South Bronx, IS 217 The festival focused on connecting social justice movements to Hip-Hop culture, exploring the role of women and immigrants, and teaching how everyone can be an agent for change. • Podcamp NYC 2.0 – Brooklyn, NY H2A served as a sponsor and consultant for this event. This conference focused on educating participants on how to use, implement and share any/all new media tools. • Trinity International Hip Hop Festival – Hartford, Connecticut H2A provided film programming for the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival

February 2008

  • Pan African Film and Arts Festival – Los Angeles, CA • H2A partnered with the Pan African Film and Arts Festival in Los Angeles, the largest Black film festival in the US, to provide Hip-Hop film programming from throughout the African Diaspora

November 2007

  • Co-presenter for the 11th annual Arab Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA) • H2O programs a global Hip-Hop film showcase for the Cinefest Multicultural Film and Performance Festival (Madison, WI) • Supporting Sponsor of the African American Women in Cinema Film Festival (New York, NY) • Supporting Sponsor of panel “Global Impact of Hip-Hop Culture,” at St. John’s University (New York, NY)

October 2007

  • Co-Presenter at the United Nations Association Week panel “Bridging the Gap: Hip-Hop and the U.N” (Washington, DC) • Facilitates screening of The Hip-Hop Project at the Rich Mix Cultural Foundation (East London, England) • H2A becomes a member of the Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning (PENCIL) program and adopts the Rafael Hernandez School of the Performing Arts in the S. Bronx (New York, NY)

September 2007

  • Programs a global Hip-Hop film showcase for the 9th annual BFM International Film Festival at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, England) • Facilitates a special screening of The Hip-Hop Project at the US Embassy in London (London, England) • Supporting Sponsor of the International Association of Hip-Hop Educators Conference (Washington, DC)

June 2007

  • 5th Annual H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] International Film Festival screens over 75 films from over 10 countries (New York, NY) • The Hip-Hop Association receives the prestigious Union Square Award for its consistent contribution to the community and social activism (New York, NY) • Partners with Urban Word NYC and University of Wisconsin-Madison to present the 2nd Edition of the Spoken Word and Hip-Hop Summer Teacher Institute (Madison, WI)

May 2007

  • Participant on a distribution panel at the inaugural Black Lily Film and Music Women’s Festival (Philadelphia, PA)

April 2007

  • Co-Presenter with the University of Alaska of the first ever Hip-Hop Leadership and Career Development Summit (Anchorage, AK)

March 2007

  • Facilitates screening of Beyond Beats and Rhymes at the Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival at Trinity College (Hartford, CT)

February 2007

  • Programs global Hip-Hop film showcase for the Grassroots Media Coalition Conference at New School University (New York, NY) • Martha Diaz and Marcella Runell Hall create and publish the first of its kind reference book entitled, The Hip-Hop Education Guidebook, Vol. 1 • Partners with Urban Word NYC and the New School’s Institute of Urban Education to produce the It’s All About M.E.E. (Media, Expression, and Education) Festival, a 3-day multi-media celebration that combines the Freshest Youth Program, the Urban Word NYC Grand Slam Final, and the Hip-Hop Education Summit (New York, NY)

December 2006

  • Facilitates screening of Beef III at the Balafon Film Festival (Bari, Italy)

November 2006

  • Programs global Hip-Hop film showcase for Cinefest Multicultural Film Festival (Madison, WI) • Facilitates screening of Resistencia: Hip-Hop in Colombia at the Whitechapel Gallery (East London, England) • Facilitates screening of South African film Mr. Devious and produces a global Hip-Hop panel for Planet Hip-Hop 3 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (Newark, NJ) • Co-Presenter for screening of Inventos: Hip-Hop Cubano and Resistencia: Hip-Hop in Colombia for the BFM Film Club at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, England)

October 2006

  • Co-Presenter of “United Nations and Hip-Hop Working Together” panel at the United Nations Association Week (Washington, DC) • Supporting Sponsor for the African American Women in Cinema Festival. Presents a panel entitled “Building Bridges: Using Hip-Hop culture to analyze Race Relations.” (New York, NY) • Facilitates screening of Brown Like Dat at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA) • Co-presenter for screenings of Beyond Beats and Rhymes, Estilo Hip-Hop, and Bling: Consequences and Repercussions at the Tricycle Cinema for Black History Month (London, England)

September 2006

  • Programs global Hip-Hop film showcase from throughout the African Diaspora for the 8th annual BFM International Film Festival (London, England)

July 2006

  • Programs Hip-Hop film showcase addressing political and socio-economic issues for the National Hip-Hop Political Convention (Chicago, IL)

June 2006

  • Co-presenter of film series on women in Hip-Hop for the B-Girl Be Summit (Minneapolis, MN) • Partners with the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame’s Summer Teacher Institute to program the first ever Hip-Hop education focused professional development course (Cleveland, OH)

May 2006

  • Supporting Sponsor of the “Principal for a Day” program at the Sankofa Academy during Hip-Hop Appreciation Week (New York, NY)

April 2006

  • Programs Hip-Hop films for the Longbaugh International Film Festival (Portland, OR) • Programs a global Hip-Hop film series and produces a panel examining the global Hip-Hop film movement for Film Fest DC (Washington, DC) • Co-Presenter of Hip-Hop films at the Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival (Hartford, CN) • Programs global Hip-Hop films for the Starz Denver Pan African Film Festival (Denver, CO) • Programs Hip-Hop films for the Atlanta Hip-Hop Film Festival (Atlanta, GA)

February 2006

  • Programs a global Hip-Hop film showcase for the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), the largest Pan-African film festival in the US. Also produced a panel for the festival examining the transition from music video directing into feature film directing. • Programs global Hip-Hop film showcase and social justice workshop for the NYC Grassroots Media Coalition Conference (New York, NY)

December 2005

  • Programs global Hip-Hop films for Baobab Urban Youth Conference (Capetown, South Africa)

November 2005

  • Fourth Annual H2O (Hip-Hop Odyssey) International Film Festival (New York, NY) • Third Annual H2Ed [Hip-Hop Education] Summit (New York, NY) • Programs global Hip-Hop film showcase to help launch the Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Film Festival (Pittsburgh, PA)

October 2005

  • Programs global Hip-Hop films for the Hipnotik festival where H2A founder Martha Diaz also participates on an international panel (Barcelona, Spain)

September 2005

  • H2A becomes a member of the Media Coalition for Artists of Color • Programs global Hip-Hop films for Cinema Urban program (Marseilles, France)

August 2005

  • Co-Sponsored the Inventos Sankofa Tour, sending filmmaker Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi to Colombia and Cuba with resources to build the global Hip-Hop community • H2A partners with Hip-Hop Congress to advance the initiatives of the H2Ed program

April 2005

  • H2Ed facilitates two workshops during the Sixth National Conference on Family and Community Violence Prevention (Honolulu, Hawaii)

February 2005

  • Programs global Hip-Hop films for the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (Los Angeles, CA) • Presenting sponsor for “Latino filmmakers in Hip-Hop” panel discussion during the National Association of Latino Independent Producers Conference (Los Angeles, CA)

November 2004

  • Third Annual H2O (Hip-Hop Odyssey] International Film Festival (New York, NY) • Second Annual H2Ed [Hip-Hop Education] Summit (New York, NY) • Co-Presenter of screening of short documentary Estilo Hip-Hop during the World Youth Festival (Barcelona, Spain)

August 2004

  • H2Ed participates in a panel discussion on the Language of Hip-Hop sponsored by UNESCO and the International Music Council at the World Youth Summit (Barcelona, Spain)

June 2004

  • Programs a 5-hour film series, followed by a Directors’ Q & A, featuring political and socio-economic topics during the Hip-Hop Political Convention (Newark, NJ) • H2Ed programs an education training workshop entitled “Using Hip-Hop as an Educational Tool And Its Politics: Engaging Students with their Culture” at the 1st annual Hip-Hop Political Convention (Newark, NJ)

May 2004

  • Co-produces a series of Hip-Hop short screenings during Hip-Hop Appreciation Week (New York, NY)

March 2004

  • Mona Ibrahim becomes the first Director of the Community Building Initiative

April 2004

  • H2Ed teams up with the Queens Museum program Leadership through the Arts: Young Adults Arts Leadership Corp. (New York, NY)
  • H2Ed teams up with Eyebeam Museum’s Educational Division for curriculum development, to create the first series of lesson plans that teaches blogging by using hip-hop tools

March 2004

  • H2Ed teams up with University Settlement to create the first curriculum made for their Hip-Hop Leadership ACTION TEEN Camp (New York, NY) • H2A teams up with the Bronx Museum for a long-term partnership to host the H2O IFF (Hip-Hop Odyssey International Film Festival) and H2Ed Summit (New York, NY)

February 2004

  • H2Ed sponsors Union Settlement’s Hip-Hop Conference for youth (New York, NY)

January 2004

  • Martha Diaz, Tricia Wang, Rolando Brown and Hon. George Martinez officially launch Defuse News

December 2003

  • H2O co-founders Martha Diaz and Tania Cuevas-Martinez sit on Advisory Board of the first International Hip-Hop Film Festival in Europe, the Black Soil Film Festival. (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

November 2003

  • Second Annual H2O (Hip-Hop Odyssey) International Film Festival (New York) • Supporting sponsor for the launch of the Hutus Hip-Hop Film Festival (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) • H2Ed [Hip-Hop Education] holds the first ever Hip-Hop and Education gathering, the 2003 H2Ed Summit: Connect!, at The Door, the oldest youth center in New York City, with over 500 educators attending (New York, NY)

September 2003

  • Programs a global Hip-Hop film series during the Hip-Hop and Social Change Conference at the Field Museum (Chicago, IL)
  • The 7th Annual LA International Short Film Fest teams up to bring viewers a 90-minute program of independent Hip-Hop shorts at the Arclight Cinema in Los Angeles, California.

August 2003

  • Co-Presenter of the first ever Hip-Hop film series during the 9th Edition of the National Cuban Hip-Hop Festival (Havana, Cuba)

July 2003

  • Co-Presenter of film series during the Rock Steady Anniversary celebration (New York, NY)

January 2003

  • Martha Diaz and Patricia Wang launch H2Ed [Hip-Hop Education] Initiative and Freshest Youth Category for the H2O Film Festival

January – November 2002

  • Martha Diaz organizes a dozen artists, activists, executives, and educators, including Gabriel Tolliver, Tania Cuevas, Rachel Goldstein, Alyce Emory, Ariel Palitz, and Tariq Zaid, and launches the First Annual H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] International Film Festival (New York, NY)


Thanks to all the people who have helped the Hip-Hop Association over the years. Cheers and much blessings to you!

1st Annual Hip-Hop Film Festival (2002)

Festival Staff

Gabriel Tolliver – Executive Producer
Tania Cuevas-Martinez – Director of Programming
Richard Campbell – Director of Business Development/Sponsorship
Gina Paige – Director of Marketing
Jez Blak – Talent
Fiona Bloom – Promotions
Nicole Curtis – Public Relations
Denisse Grados – Public Relations
Jason Lampkin – Documentary Director
Amaris Mesa – Volunteers/Interns
Taneshia Nash Laird – Documentary Producer
Ariel Palitz – Production Coordinator
Michelle Papillon – Exhibit Curator
Joanes Prosper – Assistant Production Coordinator
Peter Kang – Performance Coordinator
Tariq Zaid – Website Design/Management
Santena King – Talent


Andrew Stengel – VP Miramax Films
Bobbito – Writer
Bonz Malone – Actor/Writer
Crazy Legs – President, Rock Steady Crew
Cynical – Producer/Director
Danny Castro – Lyricist Lounge
DXT – Pioneer DJ/Producer
Ernie Panicolli – Hip-Hop Photographer
Harry Allen – Journalist/Writer
Kevin Powell – Writer/Activist , Hip-Hop Speaks
Kim Ford – VIBE Magazine
Lee Harris – Producer, Rap City/BET
Mecca – Programming Coordinator, Music Choice
Mark Kotlinski – Producer, 88 Hip-Hop
Marnie Hazelton – Bring in the Noise
Raphael Jimenez – President, Republica Trading Co.
Rokafella – Rock Steady B-Girl/Choregrapher
Sonia Gonzalez – Editor At Large
Stacy Gueraseva – Writer/Editor/President, West 19th Prod., Inc
Winsome Sinclair – Casting Director

2nd Annual Hip-Hop Film Festival (2003)

Festival Staff

Ariel Palitz – Executive Producer
Gabriel Tolliver – Executive Producer
Tania Cuevas-Martinez – Director of Programming
Patricia Wang – Director of Youth Programming
Melinda Theodore – Acquisitions Coordinator
Andre Lee – Panels Coordinator
Rachel A. Hunt – US Festival Coordinator
Mike Alvarez – Marketing Director / Design Team (Uniquest Designs) Tariq Zaid – Marketing Director / Design Team (Uniquest Designs)
Vanessa Wakeman – Publicity (Indulgence NYC)
Richard Campbell – Sponsorship Coordinator
Rebecca Costanzo – Director of Partnership Development
Amaris Mesa – Volunteer Coordinator
Santena Jenaris King – Archive coordinator / Documentarian
Wanqui Muigai – Intern


Jamal Joseph Founder, Impact, Filmmaker
Dj Kuttin Kandi
Gareth West and Robert Arentz – Los Angeles International Short Film Festival
Alex Aquino – Founder Itf/International DJ Academy
Mark Johnson – Producer/Color TV
Mellicent Dyane – Casting Director
Mishka Brown and Bill Mack – Aerolith/Diaspora Studios
Elizabeth Mendez Berry – Hip Hop Journalist
Raqiyah Mays – Hip-Hop Vj (Power 105)
Barry Cole – Composer
Lisa Cortes – Filmmaker/Music Producer
Rich “Balewa” Mason – SunToucher Productions
George Alexander – Screenwriter
Andre Royo – The Wire
Kwon – Legendary B-Boy
Jason Lampkin – 40 Acres and Mule
Dwayne W. Archbold – Editor
Stephen D. Barnes Esq. – Partner, Barnes Morris Klein Mark Yorn Barnes and Levine

ODYSSEY Award Ceremony Staff
Sarah Honda – Associate Producer
Rich “Balewa” Mason – Associate Producer
Winsome Sinclair – Associate Producer
Peter Kang – Stage Manager
Silq and Big Jeff – Talent Assistants De La Sweeney – Production Assistant Richard Harrington – Production Assistant

3rd Annual Hip-Hop Film Festival (2004)

Festival Staff
Mariko Gwynne – Assistant to Executive Director
Ashara Ekundayo – Festival Director
Amaris Mesa – Director of Operations
Tricia Wang – Director of H2Ed [Hip-Hop Education]
Melinda Theodore – Director of Acquisitions
Evelyn Jean-Delere – Sponsorship Coordinator
Black Robb – Promotions Coordinator
Taija Kato – Production Assistant
Neruda Williams – Production Assistant
Meg Griff – Intern
Terrence Jennings – H2O Photographer

ODYSSEY Award Ceremony Staff
Stephen Jackson – Executive Producer
David Dodson – Associate Producer
Richard Cores – Stage Manager
Anthony Nelson – Director of Photography
Jason Ferdinand – Audio Technician
Marni Hazelton – Talent Director
Keisha Alexis – Talent Coordinator
Eternal – Segment Producer
JoAnn Onofre – Production Assistant

4th Annual Hip-Hop Film Festival (2005)

Festival Staff
Raquel Wilson – Director of Marketing
Giana Chachere – H2O Film Festival Director
Dondrie Burnham – Acquisitions Coordinator
Maximiliano Benitez – Director of The Freshest Youth Program
Safahri Ra – Production Coordinator, The Freshest Youth Program
Amaris Mesa – Director of Defuse Media Lab
muMs – Producer, ODYSSEY Awards
Toni Dubois – Talent Coordinator
Keisha Alexis – Talent Coordinator
Tracey Salisbury – Director of Education
Mama Nabii – H2Ed Summit Coordinator
Kanene Holder – Outreach Assistant
Clara Martinez – Travel Coordinator
Evelyn Jean-Deler – Sponsorship Associate
Big John – In-kind Sponsorship Coordinator
Venus Soto – Production Assistant
Sheena Pachon – Marketing Assistant
Edwin White II – Marketing and Production Intern
Tonic Media – Organization Publicist
Susan Blond – Event Publicist

5th Annual Hip-Hop Film Festival (2007)

Festival Staff

Rolando Brown – Executive Director (Interim)
Mona Ibrahim – Director of Community Building and Program Development LaJohn McFadden – Community Building Coordinator
Stacey L’air Lee – Director of Media
Dondrie Burnham – Director of Film Acquisitions and Programming
Kompalya Thunderbird – Film Acquisitions and Programming Coordinator Sherlly Pierre – In-kind Sponsorship Coordinator
Melanie Grace Lawrence – Volunteer Coordinator
Marcella Runell – Director of Education
Andrew Landers – Education Committee Leader
Sarah M. Glinski – Education Committee Leader
Lauren Moore – Online Content Manager
Sixto Acosta – Online Developer
Ovington Prophete – Marketing Team/Candy Store Marketing Group
Valarie Pratt – Marketing Team/Ol’ Soul
Omar Ellis – Marketing Team/Burden
Andreas Jackson – Director of Special Projects and Fundraisers/Media Clectic
Barbara De Laleu – Producer/Talent for Defuse News
Andrew Wilson – Media Preservation Coordinator
Wanda Rodriguez – Production Coordinator
Natalia Linares – H2Agency Manager


2008-2009 Cohort

Maurice Ashley International Chess Grand Master, Author
Dr. Daniel Banks Faculty and Director Hip Hop Theatre Initiative, Department of Drama, New York University
Cindy Campbell Hip-Hop Pioneer – First Lady of Hip-Hop
Arana Hankin Arts and Culture spokesperson for Gov. Paterson of NY
Alliah Humber Librarian, Howard University
Mahmut Mavruk H and M Gallery
Liz Posey Anchorage Urban League Young Professionals

2007-2008 Cohort

Alliah Humber Librarian, Howard University
Arana Hankin Lt. Governor Paterson’s Office
Connie Wohn World Up!
Dr. Will Smith Professor of Music, American University, Author
Harry Allen Hip-Hop Activist and Media Assassin
Kamilah Brock Knowledge is Rich
Mazi Mutafa- Words, Beats, Life Inc.
Shamako Noble – Hip-Hop Congress

2005-2006 Cohort

Ariel Palitz Founding Advisory Board Member, President, Soulutions Enterprises
Bakari Kitwana Educator and Author, The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture
Dr. Christopher Malone- Professor, Pace University
Davey D- Journalist and Historian
Jason Lampkin- Filmmaker, Lost Generation Films
Jeff Chang Historian and Author, Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-hop Generation
Leba Haber- Filmmaker, DV Republic Artist in Residence
Marinieves Alba Director, International Hip-Hop Exchange
Roxanne Shante Hip- Hop Pioneer
Shari Frilot Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival
Toni Blackman Educator, MC, Poet, and U.S. State Department Ambassador of Hip-Hop

2004-2005 Cohort

Alyce Emory Founding H2O Advisory Board Member
Ariel Palitz Founding H2O Staff Member, Soulutions Enterprises
Asheba Edghill Media Coordinator, HBO
Brett Wright President, Nu America Agency
Clyde Valentin Director, Hip-Hop Theater Festival
Dexter Wimberly CEO, August Bishop, LLC
Gary Mobley Senior Project Manager, Corning International
Irene Villasenor Manager of Youth Views, POV
Jason Lampkin Associate, Lost Generation Films
Jonathan Rheingold Executive Publisher, XXL, KING, RIDES + SCRATCH
Larry Miller President, Jordan Brand
Lumumba Mosquera Attorney, Miramax Films
muMs Poet/Actor
Panama Alba Activist/Community Leader
Shari Frilot Programmer, Sundance Film Festival

2003-2004 Cohort

Alyce Emory Founding Board Member, HBO
Brett Wright President, NuAmerica Agency
Clyde Valentin Director, Hip-Hop Theatre Festival
Dexter Wimberly CEO, August Bishop
Fab Five Freddy Pioneer, Writer/Director/Artist
Larry Miller President, Jordan Brand
Lumumba Mosquera Attorney, Miramax Films
Mark Kotlinski Co-Founder, 88 Hip-Hop
Rachel P. Goldstein Founding H2O Advisory Board Member, Goldstein Communications
Sasha Dees Founder, Black Soil Film Festival
Terrence Jennings Photographer, Urbaneye News Service

2002-2003 Cohort

Marinieves Alba Founder, Hip-hop LEADS
Mike Alvarez Founder, Uniquest Designs
Alyce Emory HBO
Fab Five Freddy Pioneer, Artist/Writer/Director
Eathon G. Hall, Jr. The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Gregory Gates Founder, Imagenation
Rachel Goldstein Goldstein Communications
Tina Imm Co-Founder, Complex Magazine
Moikgansti Kgama Founder, Imagenation
Iris Morales Activist/Producer/Director, Pa’Lante, Siempre Pa’Lante
Lucky Strike Universal Zulu Nation
Clyde Valentin Managing Director, Hip-hop Theater Festival
Tariq Zaid Founder, Uniquest Designs