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“This Week With Jasiri X” the groundbreaking Hip-Hop news series has taken the rap world by storm. Each Episode of “This Week With Jasiri X” features Your Hip-hop News Anchor Jasiri X reporting the National news over the hottest beats. For weeks Jasiri X has provided a rapidly growing internet audience with a most creative and interesting delivery of the weekly news. Using lyrical skills, controversial subject matter, and phat beats, Jasiri X shows and proves that real Hip-hop is not in the least bit dead. Chuck D of Public Enemy once boldly declared that “Hip-hop was the CNN of the ghetto”, no artist has better embraced and embodied that concept than Jasiri X.

Jasiri X is a MC, Activist and Entrepreneur. He burst on the National and International Hip-Hop scene with the controversial hit song “FREE THE JENA 6″ which was played on more than 100 radio station across the country and was named “Hip-hop Political Song of the Year”.

He followed that up with a searing commentary on the Sean Bell murder titled “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH” which spread like wildfire across the country and lead to Jasiri X’s first appearance on BET’s Rap City.

As President of LYRICS Inc. Jasiri successfully navigates communication with youth and adults showing the pros and cons of this growing phenomenon called Hip-Hop. He recently became the first Hip-Hop artist to receive the August Wilson Center for African American Culture Fellowship. Jasiri released his debut album “American History X” in December of 2009. Featuring an all-star lineup of international producers “American History X” made several best of 2009 lists and was named “Album of the Year” at the Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Awards.

A 6 time Pittsburgh Hip-Hop award winner Jasiri is currently working on Season 4 of his highly successful series “This Week With Jasiri X” and preparing to release his sophomore album “The Ascension” with acclaimed producer Rel!g!ion on Wandering Worx Entertainment.

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Officer Jason Flanery Killed 18 Year Old VonDerrit Myers Jr. Shooting Him 6 Times From Behind

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St Louis Police Officer Jason Flanery (Photo from his Instagram) Lawyers for the family of 18 year old VonDerrit Myers Jr., who was shot and killed by an off duty St Louis police officer, decided to release the officer’s name to the public. Now we know it was Jason Flanery who shot at VonDerrit 17 times, […]

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Stakes Is High: Just Being a Conscious Rapper is Not Enough

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1Hood artists, Idasa Tariq, Tyhir Frost, Blak Rapp Madusa, L U C, Jordan Montgomery, Haze the Kid, and Jasiri X after a performance at Slippery Rock University Last Saturday I was in Boston for a summit on social innovation at Harvard University. But, before I left I stopped by Dudley Library in Roxbury to do a workshop on Hip-Hop, Media, […]

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Don’t Blame Black and Brown Voters If Democrats Lose Today

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When it comes to Hip-Hop and politics, there are few voices as prominent and poignant as legendary Hip-Hop journalist and DJ, Davey D. On Saturday he took to his Facebook page to drop this powerful piece taking Democrats to task for the idea that if they lose the Senate majority, it will be the because […]

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Jay Z, Kerry Washington, John Legend and More, Chose Schools Over Prisons

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Jay Z, Cameron Diaz, John Legend, Aloe Blacc, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Jesse Williams are just a few of the Artists for 47 Proposition 47 is a groundbreaking California ballot initiative to reclassify six nonviolent, low-level felonies as misdemeanors and then use the salary savings – in the hundreds of millions – for prevention, education and […]

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We Will Not Be Criminalized. We Will Not Be Dehumanized. We Are Young, Gifted and Black!

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1Hood Media Academy on the set of our new video “Young, Gifted and Black” (Photo by Haute Muslim) “Young, Gifted, and Black” featuring Jasiri X, Tyhir Frost, Haze the Kid, and L U C, is the first release from 1Hood, a collective of Hip-Hop artists with a mission to improve self-image, dispel stereotypes, and provide […]

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Why We Must Expect More From Hip Hop Artists

Jasiri X speaks during a panel discussion on Ferguson, Mo., and police brutality in the Black community in Washington, D.C. in August. (Freddie Allen/NNPA)

PHOTO: Jasiri X speaks during a panel discussion on Ferguson, Mo., and police brutality in the Black community in Washington, D.C. in August. (Freddie Allen/NNPA) By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) –In the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., members of the Black community and independent […]

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Tell the City of Pittsburgh to Let Leon Ford Live

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Leon Ford at Community Awareness Day (Photo by Haute Muslim) On November 11, 2012, Leon Ford was pulled over by the Pittsburgh police. He promptly gave them his drivers license and registration, which confirmed who he was and his ownership of the vehicle he was driving. The police officers then decided, despite Leon giving them his […]

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The Legacy of August Wilson and the Importance of Preserving Spaces for Black Culture

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Jasiri X outside the now closed August Wilson Center in 2010 at the First Voice Festival (photo by Haute Muslim)  In the above video I spoke about the importance of the legacy of August Wilson and the necessity of supporting a African-American cultural institution. Today marks the 5th anniversary of the opening of the $40 […]

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What I Learned on the Ground in Ferguson, and Where Do We Go From Here

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Jasiri X speaking to a resident of North County, MO outside of Michael Brown’s funeral (Photo by Cartan X Mosley)  One of the most inspiring things that came out of my trip to Ferguson was seeing the emerging young leaders on the ground doing incredible organizing, despite facing a military force every night for almost […]

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My Thoughts on Michael Brown, Ferguson, & the Targeted Killing of People of Color by Police

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I never really wanted the role of Hip-Hop artist that speaks when something tragic happens in our community, but I guess it is what it is. I got so many calls, tweets, and texts from folks asking me to say something so here it is. It’s raw and angry because that’s how I feel about […]

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