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.

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…