Extra Credit Awards 2015

Extra Credit Awards

The hip-hop education field represents one of the most innovative and exciting educational movements of the 21st century. The Extra Credit Awards is the Hip-Hop Education Center’s award ceremony honoring a diverse set of exemplary international artists, educators, scholars, professionals, and cultural organizers, who are contributing to education reform, restorative justice, and social change. They are improving high school graduation rates and educational outcomes for students in the following areas: STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), social and emotional learning, and academic and financial literacy.

Meet Our Honorees:

Mark Katz, the director of the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities, is photographed with a set of turntables in the beats lab at Hill Hall on August 18, 2017, in Chapel Hill. Katz teaches courses on music and technology in the UNC Department of Music. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Mark Katz, Beat Making Lab and Next Level

Mark Katz holds degrees from the College of William and Mary (B.A. in philosophy) and the University of Michigan (M.A., Ph.D. in musicology). Before joining the faculty at UNC, he taught at the Pe…


Christopher Emdin, Science Genius and #HipHopEd

Dr. Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; where he also serves as Director of the Science E…

Ma Dukes

Ma Dukes, J Dilla Foundation

Maureen Yancey aka Ma Dukes is the mother of the late James Dewitt Yancey aka J Dilla, who is one of the most prolific artists and producers of Hip Hop, Neo Soul and other genres of music. Producing G…


Rob Jackson, Beats, Rhymes and Life

Rob Jackson A Hip-Hop artist, educator and youth advocate, Rob Jackson is a representative of Oakland’s multicultural community. He received a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in E…


Tomás Alvarez, Beats, Rhymes and Life

Tomás Alvarez is a social entrepreneur and youth advocate working to elevate mental health and social outcomes among the youth of color throughout the United States. In 2004 Tomás pioneered Beats, Rhy…