Jasiri X
Hip-Hop Artist and Activist
Pittsburgh , PA
2015 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Peter D. and Julie Fisher Cummings.

A new millennium leader leveraging the transformative power of Hip-Hop, Social media and Technology into a new brand of social change. Jasiri performs nationally and internationally, delivers keynote addresses and speaks on scholarly panels. Jasiri has worked in underserved communities as a mentor, educator and community leader. He is a founding member of the anti-violence community organization, 1Hood. After garnering over 2 million YouTube views for his conscious elevating Hip-Hop, Jasiri felt that it was imperative to provide training for young people in new forms of digital media, empowering them to change their own communities and to tell their own, often maligned and marginalized stories. In 2010, Jasiri founded 1Hood media Academy in Pittsburgh, where he leads a team of educators and artists in teaching young people media literacy, photography, videography, music production, creative lyricism, entrepreneurship, journalism and other 21st century skills. Jasiri X is a new millennium Civil Rights Activist working closely with his mentor, Harry Belafonte to address social ills of today’s society. A 6 time Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Award winner and recipient of the BMe Leader Award, Unsung Hero Award, and New Pittsburgh Courier Men of Excellence Award,Jasiri is poised to lead a global generation in changing Hip Hop’s bad rep by staying true to his artistic intention – FREEING MINDS ONE RHYME AT A TIME.

Portrait photo by Hayden Baptiste.
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    Photo by Hayden Baptiste.
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    Photo by Hayden Baptiste.
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    Photo by Pittsburgh Steelers.
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