Save the Date: Jasiri X will be in Chicago on December 2 and 3

The Black Youth Project and Project NIA invite Chicagoans to two events that will feature Jasiri X on December 2 and December 3rd.

Emcee and community activist Jasiri X is the creative force and artist behind the ground breaking internet news series, This Week with Jasiri X, which has garnered critical acclaim, thousands of subscribers, and millions of internet views. From the controversial viral video What if the Tea Party was Black?, to the hard hitting hilarity of Republican Woman…stay away from me, Jasiri X cleverly uses Hip-Hop to provide social commentary on a variety of issues. His latest video “I Am Troy Davis (T.R.O.Y.) articulated the passion and desire of millions of people who wanted to see Troy Davis’s life spared. His videos have been featured on websites as diverse as and The Huffington Post and Jasiri has been a guest on The Michael Baisden Show, Free Speech TV, Left of Black, and Russia Today.

Jasiri X first burst on the National and International Hip-Hop scene with the powerful hit song Free The Jena 6 which was played on more than 100 radio stations and was named Hip-hop Political Song of the Year. His debut album, American History X, was named Album of the Year at the Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Awards. A six time Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Award winner, Jasiri recently became the first Hip-Hop artist to received the coveted August Wilson Center for African American Culture Fellowship. A founding member of the anti-violence group One Hood, Jasiri started the New Media Academy to teach young African-American boys how to analyze and create media for themselves.

He also blogs for Jack and Jill Politics,, and The Black Youth Project. Jasiri X signed a record deal with Wandering Worx Entertainment and is currently working on his album, Ascension with acclaimed producer Rel!g!on.

December 2, 2011

How to Engage Youth Through The Use of Hip Hop and Social Media: A Workshop for Youth Workers
Jasiri X will lead a workshop for current youth workers where he will focus on his successful engagement of youth through the use of hip hop and social media.

Time: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave, Murray Green Library 10th floor
Cost: Participants are asked to contribute $20 to attend the workshop. If you cannot afford the fee, please let us know. No one will be turned away because of an inability to pay.

Space is very, very limited for this workshop and participation will therefore be limited to individuals who are CURRENTLY working with young people ages 11 to 22. Online registration will be available soon. Participants who are accepted to the workshop will be notified by November 23rd. We anticipate that many more people will want to register than we have space for. We apologize in advance.

Co-sponsors of this workshop include the Chicago Freedom School, the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation (Roosevelt University) and the Neighborhood Writing Alliance.

December 3rd, 2011

Join us for a screening of Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975 followed by a panel discussion featuring Jasiri X, local youth activists, among others. This event will be open to the public and will be held at the University of Chicago.