Hey NYC-area members!

For the last few years, I have been developing my project, The Mixtape
Museum with support from the Columbia University Community Scholars program.

Next week, Wednesday, April 11 at Columbia University, I will gather with
two of my fellow community scholars to discuss Hip-Hop Education:
Propelling and Preserving the Movement <>.

If you are able to attend, please RSVP <> and
introduce yourself to me at the event. More info on the event below.

Warmest regards,

Regan Sommer McCoy
Founder | The Mixtape Museum <>​ + Hip-Hop Hacks
Associate Director | The Hip-Hop Education Center

Columbia Community Scholars Dialogue
Hip-Hop Education: Propelling and Preserving the Movement​
​As Hip-Hop music approaches its 45th anniversary, three Columbia
University Community Scholars explore the role of Hip-Hop education and its
pedagogical and preservation value. Together they will explore how Hip-Hop
education happens and how it is evolving, including the creation off more
than thirty institutions focused on the legacy of Hip-Hop.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP <>by Friday, April 6,

For questions, please contact George Calderaro, Director of Community
Relations, [log in to unmask]

*Speaker Bios:*

Martha Diaz is a community organizer, social entrepreneur, media producer,
archivist, curator, and educator. For twenty-five years Diaz has traversed
between the hip-hop entertainment industry, public arts sector and academia
as a creative social change agent. Diaz founded the Hip-Hop Odyssey
International Film Festival, the first and largest event of its kind,
spawning an international movement. In 2010, Diaz formed the Hip-Hop
Education Center to cultivate and formalize the field of hip-hop-based
education. She has published research papers on hip-hop education and is
co-editor of the Hip-Hop Education Guidebook, Vol. I and Rebel Music:
Resistance Through Hip-Hop and Punk. Diaz recently completed an appointment
as a Hip-Hop Archive Research Institute and Nasir Jones Fellow at Harvard
University, and is currently a Research Fellow at Harvard’s Charles Warren
Center for Studies in American History. She is presently working with
director Steve McQueen as the Archive Producer of the Untitled, Tupac
Shakur documentary.

Regan Sommer McCoy has over 15 years of experience in the music industry,
most notably as a liaison to Virginia hip-hop duo Clipse. As a community
organizer, Sommer is dedicated to gathering music artists, DJs, techies,
and scholars to explore the intersections of hip-hop and tech; celebrate
and preserve hip-hop history; and promote hip-hop education. As an
advocate, she encourages protection of DJ-produced mixtapes in danger of
deterioration, and seeks to achieve systematic preservation in the DJ
community. She is founder of The Mixtape Museum, an archive project
dedicated to advancing public understanding and appreciation of the art,
history, and technique of the mixtape. In 2016, she launched Hip-Hop Hacks,
an initiative for students to explore how hip-hop interacts with and
inspires technological innovation. She is Associate Director of The Hip-Hop
Education Center and a 2018 Association for Recorded Sound Collections
Travel Grantee recipient.

Peter Noel is a journalist with 30 years experience in investigative
reporting for The Village Voice, The Amsterdam News and others. Born in
Trinidad, Mr. Noel immigrated to New York City in 1978 where he began
reporting on instances of police violence against unarmed African American
men in Harlem as well the rise of controversial figures like Al Sharpton.
In the 1990’s, he also covered the Los Angeles riots that followed the
Rodney King verdict and post-apartheid election violence in South Africa.
He is the author of one previous book, "Why Blacks Fear America’s Mayor:
Reporting Police Brutality and Black Activist Politics Under Rudy Giuliani"
and was the co-host of The Week in Review on WRKS-FM radio.​