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May 22, 2020

A San Francisco Bay Area-based hip hop educational organization is fighting to stay afloat financially after local shelter-in-place...

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April 12, 2021

“Stop Asian Hate” has been a hot topic of late, rivaling the Derek Chauvin trial as America’s most compelling and current...


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Feb. 19, 2021

In the San Francisco Bay Area, a spate of brutal attacks against older Asian Americans has galvanized a tightly connected, multiracial...


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Dec. 2, 2020

A holiday gift donation can help the leadership team keep up its grassroots efforts. In addition to working with Larkin Street...



Nov. 2, 2020

“The Hip Hop community has always been passionate about political issues and remains involved in the fight for voter's rights and...



20,000 Kids Have Learned Hip-Hop From One Revolutionary Network. Today’s Plague Won’t Stop It Either.

May 14, 2020

Turning a pandemic into an opportunity for educational and artistic empowerment is what Khafre Jay lives for, and his celebrated...


Oakland program defies Hip Hop's bad rap

Jan. 3, 2015

Peace, love, unity. Hardly the message of the gangsta rap so popular in the mainstream nowadays. And yet, a new generation is ... 



Hip Hop For Change aims to empower and inspire

July 17, 2020

Founder Khafre Jay incorporates political and social consciousness into his own music and his nonprofit encourages positive, change-oriented hip-hop...

Drummond: Hip Hop for Change promotes socially conscious rap

Feb. 7, 2020

Khafre Jay asks a classroom of seventh- and eighth-graders at Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro to name hip-hop artists that they’ve heard of. “Nicki Minaj...

Oakland non-profit finds community and strength in hip hop

Nov. 5, 2015

It’s Friday morning at Lighthouse Charter School in East Oakland, and the kids in Ms. Baumert’s ninth grade class have a visitor. Malik Diamond is at Lighthouse...

Hip Hop for Change organizes the Environmental Equity Summit for May 21

May 20, 2016

Khafre Jay and Hip Hop for Change, the non-profit he founded, are starting to make a name for themselves on the Bay Area’s Hip Hop, media and advocacy scene..

Teaching Kendrick Lamar and social justice in & outside the classroom

July 27, 2015

Hands up, don’t shoot. Pants up, don’t loot. Black lives matter. White lives matter. We live in a white supremacist culture. We live in post-racial America...

An Oakland Nonprofit Wants to Change the Rap Paradigm 

Aug. 20, 2014

Hip Hop for Change wants to promote socially conscious artists and progressive lyricism, and organize grassroots involvement in the East Bay. The brainchild of two longtime activists...



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