Saturday, June 22, 2019, 1:30 – 2:30pm
Presented in conjunction with the America Now festival celebrating Hip-Hop Culture (June 22, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.). This program is made possible thanks to the David H. Horowitz Fund, established by the Susan and David Horowitz Foundation for Lemelson Center programs on musical creativity and innovation.
Following the panel, J Rawls will engage with visitors in the Bronx section of Places of Invention.
About the speakers:
J Rawls serves as Visiting Instructor of Hip Hop & Music Business at Tiffin University, where he teaches music industry courses, coaches hip hop performers, teaches turntablism and beatmaking, and presents regular workshops on the music industry. Known for his work with Black Star, a hip hop group comprised of Mos Def and Talib Kweli, Rawls contributed production on “Brown Skin Lady” and “Yo, Yeah,” which placed him on the map among independent hip hop producers. Rawls has also worked with Dose One, Beastie Boyz, Slum Village, El Da Sensei, Count Bass D, Grand Agent, 9th Wonder, J-Live, Us3, and Moka Only. Rawls has released three solo albums, and contributed to or produced dozens of others. He is one-half of the duo The Lone Catalysts, with emcee J. Sands, having released four albums together. Fusing jazz and hip hop, his 2006 work with The Liquid Crystal Project led to national acclaim for his collaboration with B-Jazz, Shaun Scott, B Chapman and Selah for their tribute to the legendary producer J Dilla. Rawls holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Cincinnati, a master’s degree in education from Ashland University, and a doctorate in education from Ohio University. His new book and album for kids, Youth Culture Power: A #HipHopEd Guide to Building Student Teacher Relationships and Increasing Student Engagement, was released on June 1, 2019.
Martha Diaz is a community organizer, media producer, archivist, curator, and social entrepreneur. Diaz held a residence at the Lemelson Center from 2013-2014 as a Goldman-Sachs Senior Fellow working on her project, “Hip Hop 4.0: Forty Years of Creativity, Education, Community, and Legacy.” Diaz is one of Women’s eNews distinguished 21 Leaders for the 21st Century whose work has traversed the hip-hop entertainment industry, the public arts sector, and the academy over the last 25 years. Diaz has worked in Hollywood and on independent movie productions creating short films, TV shows, documentaries, and music videos. As an educator, she has taught middle and high school students in Harlem and the Bronx and was an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Gallatin School. In 2002, Diaz founded the Hip-Hop Odyssey (H2O) International Film Festival, which has recently rebooted as the H2O Media + Tech Accelerator and is an anchor program of the Lincoln Park Music Festival in Newark, NJ. In 2010, as a Graduate student at New York University, Diaz formed theHip-Hop Education Center to research, cultivate and formalize the field of hip-hop-based education. She has published research papers on hip-hop education and is co-editor of the Hip-Hop Education Guidebook, Vol. I ( 2007) and Rebel Music: Resistance Through Hip Hop and Punk (2015). Diaz was a Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Curator at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Fellow at Leadership Newark, Curator/Scholar at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Community Scholar at Columbia University, and The Nasir Jones Fellow at Harvard University. She is currently a New School Creation Fellow at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education where she is designing the first online hip-hop high school.
Jon West-Bey is an independent curator and museum consultant. He is also a Lecturer in the Museum Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University. Over his 22-year career, Jon has curated over 40 exhibitions and produced and managed numerous award winning public, educational, and multimedia programs. Most recently Jon was the Curator of the Arts Program at University of Maryland, University College (UMUC) where his work focused on developing the University's visual art collection, curating UMUC’s public spaces, and producing exhibitions that featured artwork from local, national, and internationally known artists. He is the founder of the American Poetry Museum in Washington, DC and, and spent 10 years as its Executive Director. He has served on the boards of numerous organizations including the American Alliance of Museums Professional Committee on Education, Museum Association of New York, and as Chairman of the Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium in Washington, DC. He has also published dozens of articles and has presented at conferences and events nationwide. Jon has a Master of Science in Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street College in New York City and an undergraduate degree in history at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Venue: American History Museum
Event Location: Coulter Plaza, first floor, west wing