From SJP at UCLA
Having just returned from Palestine as part of a delegation of Black artists and activists from the United States, celebrated writer/filmmaker Dream Hampton and acclaimed hip-hop artist Jasiri X will talk with professor Sohail Daulatzai about their experiences there, what they witnessed, and why it matters in shaping social justice and solidarity across borders.
From the controversial viral video, “What if the Tea Party was Black?,” to the hard hitting truth of, “A Song for Trayvon,” Jasiri X cleverly uses Hip-Hop to provide social commentary on a variety of issues. Jasiri has been a guest on BET Rap City, The Michael Baisden Show, Huff Post Live, Free Speech TV, Left of Black, and Russia Today. He is the first Hip-Hop artist to receive the coveted August Wilson Center for African American Culture Fellowship. A founding member of the anti-violence group One Hood, Jasiri recently started the One Hood Media Academy to teach young African-American boys how to analyze and create media for themselves. Jasiri X signed a record deal with Wandering Worx Entertainment and released his debut album, Ascension with acclaimed producer Religion.
Sohail Daulatzai is the author of Born to Use Mics (on Nas’ Illmatic) and Black Star, Crescent Moon. His articles have appeared in Al Jazeera, The Nation, Counterpunch, Souls and other venues. He’s written liner notes for the 2012 release of the 20th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set of Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled debut album, as well as the DVD liner notes to the award-winning documentary Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme, and the centerpiece for the exhibit catalog Movement: Hip-Hop in L.A., 1980-Now. He teaches in the Department of Film and Media Studies and the Program in African American Studies at UC Irvine.