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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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How to Succeed in Hip-Hop Without Selling Your Soul

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Jasiri X performing at Mr. Smalls Theater in Pittsburgh, PA (Photo by Da Button Pusha)  I can’t front, I’ve had an incredible year so far. From traveling to Palestine, to relaunching the 1Hood Media Academy, we even went on vacation for the first time in 8 years! These past few weeks have been just as […]

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According to a Federal Jury, This Police Beating Is NOT Excessive Force

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Jordan Miles in the hospital after he was brutally beaten by 3 Pittsburgh Police Officers Today a federal court jury decided that the 3 white undercover Pittsburgh Police officers that brutally beat Jordan Miles and ripped part of his dreadlocks out of his head, did NOT use excessive force when arresting him. That’s right, even […]

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Behind the Checkpoint, My Experience Traveling to Palestine

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Ferrari Sheppard, Bryonn Bain, Dream Hampton, and Remi Kanazi walking through the Qalandia Checkpoint in Palestine   Shortly after traveling to Palestine and Israel earlier this year, and the release of my song Checkpoint, I recorded this interview so I could express my initial thoughts about the trip.

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A $10 Billion “Non Profit” Fights to Pay Its Workers Poverty Wages [VIDEO]

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  My new video “People Over Profits” was filmed in support of thousands of workers protesting the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Pittsburgh’s largest employer, land owner and healthcare provider, for paying poverty wages, saddling employees with medical debt, and preventing them from forming a union.

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Dear Marissa, My Apology to Marissa Alexander [VIDEO]

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“Dear Marissa” is my apology to Marissa Alexander, a black woman who was sentenced in Florida to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband. Her retrial starts in July, and incredibly, she is now facing 60 years in prison. Prosecutor Angela Corey announced she is seeking the maximum sentence […]

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9th Wonder talks “Jamla is the Squad” and Defines “Real Hip-Hop”

Last Thursday, legendary Hip-Hop producer, independent record executive, and Harvard fellow 9th Wonder came through Pittsburgh to talk about his incredible career in Hip-Hop before a live audience. In an exclusive interview with 1Hood Media Academy Student Kevin “K-Rockz” Lee, 9th wonder chops it up about his new album, “Jamla is the Squad” and what is, “Real Hip-Hop”. […]

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What Are We Willing to Do to Save Our Black Boys?

Erasto Brown speaking at 1Hood Media Academy event, “Under Attack: How the Media Misrepresents People of Color”  The Black community mourned yesterday as we remembered what would have been the 19th birthday of Trayvon Martin. It seemed even more painful with the news of his murderer being involved in a ridiculous boxing match for money. […]

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Why I Wrote the Song “Checkpoint” and Exposed the Apartheid I Witnessed in Palestine

Israeli soldiers checking my passport at a checkpoint in Hebron  I honestly had no intention on writing a song based on the trip I took to Palestine and Israel recently as part of a delegation of African-American activists and artists, sponsored by the Carter Center. I’m still having a difficult time processing what I witnessed. I […]

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Why People of Color Should Support the Legalization of Marijuana

Marijuana arrests are one of the biggest contributors to the mass incarceration of men of color. The above info-graphic shows that although smoking weed is more popular than ever among all races, the people arrested for it are overwhelmingly black. In Chicago 86% of those convicted for the possession of Marijuana were Black men, in […]

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5 Things We Can Learn From the African Refugee Protests in Israel

African immigrants meeting outside of Levinsky Park in South Tel Aviv (photo by me) Below is an interview I did with SocialTV about the African refugees in Israel During our trip last week to Palestine and Israel, our delegation of artists and activists, including Dream Hampton, Ferrari Sheppard, Remi Kanazi,  Professor Robyn Spencer, and Bill Fletcher Jr. were […]

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