Formed in 2004, The Hip-Hop Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community building organization catalyzing social change and equity by influencing the field of education to be more inclusive and culturally responsive to students through research, professional development, and leadership building.

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…