Presenters & Perfomers

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We are so pleased to announce the incredible line-up of presenters and performers for this year’s conference!!


  • Professor Baylor - “Hip Hop Based Practices and Principles (HHPP) – Codification of Hip Hop Based Educational Practices and Principles as a Paradigmatic Exemplar of Inclusion in Educational Spaces”
  • Corey Depina - MC and Teaching artist; Youth Development and Performance Manager at Zumix
  • Rixy Fernandez - “Choose Your Character” (a cartoon workshop)
  • Lithera Forbes - “The Mis-Education of Women in Hip Hop”
  • Leida “Lady Sol” Garcia - "Afro-Diapora Connections: Dancehall Meets Hip-Hop”
  • Carlton Gill - “Hip Hop Then. Teenagers Now”. A rap session and debate”
  • Nicole Hudnell - “Loaded Learning: When Lux meets Literacy #HipHopEd”
  • Lybroan James - “Ethnomathematics: Teaching Math through Hip Hop. Math is Universal. How you learn it is Cultural”
  • Myke Johnson - “Resonate: Acceptance, Authenticity, Trust and Understanding”
  • Keith Jones - co-founder of Kriphop Nation
  • Lauryn Jones - “‘My Mind Playing Tricks On Me’: A Discussion On Hip Hop and Mental Health”
  • Maiko Le Lay - “Moving Through the Lesson: Cypher, Body Awareness, and Motion in Hip Hop Ed Classrooms”
  • Dawn Marie Luna - “The Break: Technology x Mental Health”
  • Austin Martin - Founder of Rhymes with Reason
  • Maxwell Melvins - “Changing the prison narrative through the power of hip-hop”
  • Ryan Parker - “THE OPEN MIC MOVEMENT IN EDUCATION: Amplifying and Empowering the Marginalized”
  • Christian Perticone - "Why Hip Hop for ELLs?
  • SaulPaul - “Improvisational Freestyles: Creating Real Music in Real Time”



  • Kadahj Bennett - Teaching Artist, Performer and Hip Hop Producer
  • Randy Mason - R.H.Y.M.E (Raps Help Young Minds Excel)
  • Curley Middle School - Middle School Hip Hop Dance Class at the Curley K-8 Boston Public School
  • Floor Lords Crew - Boston’s own and oldest breaking and hip hop dance crew
  • Boston Pulse Poetry - youth spoken word organization
  • Project Method - a hip-hop collective comprised of teens from ZUMIX

Stay tuned for more details on schedule and additional confirmed performers.



Overview of the Day






Arrival and Registration



EXpress: Featured Performances

Askwith Lecture Hall

10:15- 10:35

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Askwith Lecture Hall

10:45- 11:45

Breakout #1

EXplore: Presentations

Gutman Library & Longfellow

Hall Rooms

11:45- 12:00

Break & Snacks



Breakout #2

EXperience: Interactive Workshops

Gutman Library & Longfellow

Hall Rooms


Lunch Break*

Harvard Square


Open Mic (note: the open mic begins during lunch)

Askwith Lecture Hall


EXpress: Featured Performances

Askwith Lecture Hall


Breakout #3

EXchange: Rap Sessions

Gutman Library & Longfellow

Hall Rooms


Break  & Snacks



Special Presentation -  

Can’t Stop Hip Hop: Keys to Note

Askwith Lecture Hall


EXpress: Featured Performances

Askwith Lecture Hall


Closing Remarks & Appreciation

Askwith Lecture Hall


Closing Cypher/Jam

Askwith Lecture Hall

*Lunch is not provided for attendees.  There are several nearby places to grab food.  We will provide light snacks and water throughout the day.