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Bakari Kitwana

Executive Director, Rap Sessions

Bakari Kitwana is an internationally known cultural critic, journalist, activist, and thought leader in the area of hip-hop and Black youth political engagement. The Executive Director of Rap Sessions, which for the last fifteen years has conducted over 100 townhall meetings around the nation on difficult dialogues facing the millennial generation, Kitwana has been the Editor-in-Chief of The Source magazine, the Editorial Director of Third World Press, and the co-founder of the 2004 National Hip-Hop Political Convention. The author of the groundbreaking books The Hip-Hop Generation (2002) and Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop(2005), Kitwana is co-editor of the new book Democracy Unchained: How to Rebuild Government For the People and the collaborating writer for pioneering hip-hop artist Rakim’s recently released Sweat The Technique: Revelations on Creativity From The Lyrical Genius. He was recently named the 2019-2020 Nasir Jones HipHop Fellow at Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, where he is curating the “HipHop and Presidential Elections Video Archive,” an archive of over thirty national townhall meetings he convened with hip-hop thought leaders during the 2004, 2012 and 2016 Presidential Elections.

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