Mahogany Jones (MC), is a recording and performance artist, arts advocate, community activist and educator. Named the only four-time undefeated Champion of BET’s 106 & Park “Freestyle Fridays” in 2001, Jones set about establishing herself as an emcee with a cause appearing on over 30 albums. In 2012, Jones became an international artist when she was selected by the U.S. State Department to serve as an official hip-hop Ambassador to five nations in Africa. She has since served in Iraq, Kurdistan, Sudan, Brazil, and Haiti.
Marc “Mista-B” Bayangos (DJ) is a turntable artist involved in education. Born in San Francisco’s Sunset District, Marc “Mista-B” was exposed to DJing and hip-hop in the 1980s. Marc’s older brothers were into B-Boying and Mobile DJing during that time. Mista-B is a former Disco Mix Club (DMC) and International Turntabilist Federation (ITF) champion, and has traveled around the world to share his art. Marc has also been heavily involved in DJ Instruction in after school programs, youth centers, and various workshops.
Deena “SnapShot” Clemente & Wandee “WandeePop” Candelario (Dancers) share a passion and history created during the birth of a new era that evolved from our Native and African Ancestors thousands of years ago. The pair was raised in the South Bronx (Fox Street between 156st and Longwood) during the early 70’s where they developed their dance skills and strong overall culture in neighborhood house parties, outside park jams, block parties, talent showcases at the Police Athletic League (PAL) and local cable station programs.
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Russell “DJ Plain View” Sticklor (Beatmaker) is a producer and DJ for Nomadic Wax, an independent New York record label that promotes international hip-hop music. His debut album—2010’s “DJ Plain View Presents: Globalize: Hip-Hop from Around the World”—featured collaborations with rappers across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas, while his 2013 mixtape “Internationally Known Volume 3” showcased rising hip-hop talent from more than 30 countries.