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Dr.James Braxton Peterson

Dr. James B. Peterson

(Duke ’93, UPENN 2003) is the Director of Africana Studies and Associate Profes-sor of English at Lehigh University. He has been Associate Professor of English at Bucknell University, a visiting lecturer and preceptor in African American Studies at Princeton University and the Media Coordinator for the Harvard University Hip Hop Archive. He is also the founder of Hip Hop Scholars, LLC, an association of Hip Hop generational scholars dedicated to researching and developing the cultural and educational potential of Hip Hop, urban, and youth cultures. Dr. Peterson has also done strategic consulting for a variety of ad agencies and/or consumer product corporations including Hill Holiday, J. Walter Thompson (JWT), TracyLocke, Pepsico/Brisk, and Diageo/Smirnoff. He has written numerous scholarly articles on Hip Hop Culture, Multiculturalism, African American Literature, Culture, and Linguistics as well as Urban Studies. He has conducted interviews with Gil Scott Heron, Dr. Manning Marable, Sistah Souljah, Snoop Dogg, Dead Prez, DJ Jazzy Jeff and generally applies his journalistic skills and his ethnographic training toward innovative academic inquiry.

Dr. Peterson has been featured on/in BET and, The Michael Eric Dyson Show, Hot 97’s “Street Soldiers,” The Michael Baisden Show, and the award-winning PBS documentary,Beyond Beats and Rhymes. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, CBS News, MSNBC, ABC News, ESPN, HLN, and various local television networks as an expert on popu-lar culture, urban youth and politics. Peterson blogs for the Huffington Post and he has published his scholarly work in Callaloo, Criticism, Black Arts Quarterly, XXL, and African American Review. Peterson’s work can also be seen online on sites such as The, and SLAM online. Peterson is currently working on his first academic book, Major Figures: Critical Essays on Hip Hop Music (Mississippi University Press). He has also been featured and/or quoted in Vibe Magazine, Philadelphia Weekly, The Miami Herald, Southern Voices and The Wall Street Journal. For more information, speech clips and media appearances please go to:



Mo’Shay Laren
Warm and relatable, stylish and determined–Add a dash of sass and a spritz of self-confidence – not to mention a wellspring of poise and managerial ability, and Mo’Shay LaRen has become one of Philadelphia’s best-loved broadcast personalities. Her enhanced profile is a notable and well-deserved feat in a major city renowned for brotherly love and sophisticated soul. LaRen hosts and produces the popular midday show on Radio One’s top-rated WRNB-FM station, introducing music while infusing lifestyle, entertainment, social and community segments. This dynamic broadcaster has also expanded her portfolio into television, hosting lifestyle and entertainment segments for both the UPN and CW Network. LaRen is known to take the mic out of the studio and around town as mistress of ceremonies at a variety of concerts and special events. MoShay Laren also focuses on inspiring women of all ages and ethnicities to begin the process of healing and restore as sense of self-love.

Her efforts at reaching at-need communities nationwide has gained the attention and support of both politicians and celebrities, including GRAMMY-winning singers Chrisette Michele and Ledisi, Sheryl Lee Ralph, PA Senator Vincent Hughes, Holly Robinson Peete, Victoria Rowell, among others. The “Love Yourself” campaign has earned LaRen a seat on the Board of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Vio-lence, and in 2010 she was presented with the Next Generation of Lead-ership Rising Star Award by the Mayor of Philadelphia and Council-woman Blondell Reynolds Brown.


Conrad Moore

Conrad Moore

Anti-Oppression Educator Lecturer

Former US marine, educator, and peace & anti-racism activist, Conrad L. Moore, was born and raised in Philadelphia. Mr. Moore worked as a coordinator and trainer for many Anti Racism programs and in 2001 traveled to South Africa for the World Conference Against Racism and co-facilitated workshops on identity based conflict in Zambia. Mr. Moore is currently an anti-oppression educa-tor lecturer and is a graduate student at Lancaster Theological Seminary.






Shaheed Rucker


 Shaheed Rucker

B.S. Psychology

Photographer- Event Planner-Graphic Designer

Shaheed Rucker is the Founder of Changemakers Organization; an organization designed to improve the behavior of youth through recreational activities such as camps, sports, educational initiatives, health, art and entertainment.





Chad "C-Diddy" Fain

Chad “C-Diddy” Fain

CEO – People Like U$ Media Co-Host – The Marque Radio

Chad Fain or “C. Diddy” as he is called by many is an influential member in the local Philadelphia music scene. In addition to his du-ties as co-host on The Marque Ra-dio ( Thursdays 8-10P), he also runs his own music label People Like U$ Media that focuses on artist development and management.




Jade Alston


Jade Alston

Impact Records R&B singer & songwriter

Hailing from Philadelphia, Pa, recording artist Jade Alston began her entertain-ment career at age 14 as a VJ for 8 years on the city’s longest running video show, Urban X-pressions. Jade has since shared the stage with entertainers such as Kelis, 50 Cent, and Sean Paul. Jade is introducing her sound to the world via the EP “Single on a Saturday Night. Download here.



Joyce Shabazz


Joyce Shabazz
Lead Consultant and Director of Special Projects
Joyce Shabazz is an accomplished social entrepreneur, mediator, educator, and life coach with over three decades of experience. She has played central leadership roles in the launch and expansion of several social innovations and community development initiatives both domestically and internationally. Ms. Shabazz’s writing and research focuses on the impact of systems oppression of Black African Heritage leadership and communities. Ms. Shabazz has served as Director of the NCBI’s International Black African Heritage Leadership Caucus for over 22 years.

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