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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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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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Being a Young Black Man in America: Eric Garner & the 1 Year Anniversary of the Zimmerman Verdict

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In the wake of the one year anniversary of George Zimmerman being found not guilty of the murder of Trayvon Martin, and Eric Garner being choked to death by NYPD on video, we sat down with our 1Hood Media Academy students and asked them how they feel about being young Black Men in America.

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10 Year Old Asean Johnson Checks Roland Martin, “We don’t need the National Guard in Chicago”

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Interviewing Asean Johnson, his mother Shoneice Reynolds, and his brother Krisean at the AFT Convention in Los Angeles (Photo by Dr. Goddess)  Asean Johnson stepped onto the national stage 2 years ago when his mother Shoneice Reynolds, a Chicago Public School employee, was on strike. Deciding to come to the picket lines with his mother, […]

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America #NeverLovedUs…Remember [VIDEO]

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I know, with the recent run by the USA in the World Cup and the 4th of July coming up, people are feeling real patriotic. Sadly, as demonstrated by the recent death of Denzell “Jaba” Curry, the lives of people of color are still not valued in America.

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Another Unarmed Black Teenager Killed by Police #JusticeforJaba

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Witnesses say Denzel Curnell, 19, was killed when a police officer shot him while he was kneeling down with his hands behind his back. Denzel  was unarmed.  Last Saturday, 19 year old Denzel Curnell aka Jaba had an encounter with a police officer at the housing projects where he lived in Charleston, South Carolina. That unfortunate encounter […]

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