1Hood Media and our hip-hop artivist Blak Rapp M.A.D.U.S.A. have been named as finalists in the 2018 Coro Pittsburgh Martin Luther King, Jr Awards. 11 years after its conception, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Awards “celebrate those in our community who have made significant accomplishments towards the common good by modeling Dr. King’s inclusive approach to leadership.” We are honored and privileged to be held in such esteem alongside members of the Pittsburgh community. Receiving this award would be an incredible honor but, more importantly, would support our mission by providing another platform to engage the community and continue to change the narrative. Awards will be presented on January 20, 2018 at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown from 6:30-9:30 PM. Tickets are available for purchase here.
1 of 3 finalists for the Organizational Leadership Awards, 1Hood Media is a collective of socially conscious artists and activists. Curating experiences rooted in art and culture, 1Hood hosts workshops, training, artists talks, music, visual art and performances to encourage unity of oppressed people around the world. 1Hood offers a diverse portfolio of programming including 1Hood Artivist Academy, which is a newly launched two year artistic activism development program that mentors artists and activists, like Black Rapp M.A.D.U.S.A, who have a desire to gain entrepreneurial independence.
Blak Rapp M.A.D.U.S.A. was nominated for the Innovation Leadership Award which is awarded to leaders in the community whose groundbreaking or transformative ideas inspire leadership within their community. As an Hip Hop Activist and Artist (Artivist), she uses rap, spoken word, workshops, lectures, film, and video to reach her audience through multiple mediums. In October, she was awarded the Small Arts in Initiative Grant from The Heinz Endowments to fund her one woman play Mary’s Daughter: Diaries of a Hip-Hop Artivist. The play is intended to "inspire women of color around the world to tell their stories and to address the impact that rape culture, racism and patriarchy has had on marginalized communities." It’s set to debut in May 2018 at Alloy Theater.
Also nominated were former CEO Celeste Smith and YBMKQ founder and 1Hood Youth and Activism Coordinator Kahlil Darden. “It is truly an honor to be nominated for the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award. As one of the youngest community activists, founders, and CEO’s, I am truly honored and thankful to be nominated for this award! It is not always easy to persevere, be different, and do great when you have so many negative images that portray your race. But, it is possible. I want all the young people and even adults, who look up to me or admire the work that I do to know it does not come easy but you can get there, keep pushing, keep persevering, trust your steps and stay focused,” says Darden.
As a family first and organization second, we are proud of the barriers we’ve overcome in the last decade and the new ground we’re breaking in 2018. The work done here at 1Hood Media is not about recognition or accolades. In fact, the mission is to arm oppressed persons with the tools to advocate for basic human rights, financial sustainability and cultural ownership while identifying allies across all communities. We’d like to thank our community, supporters and CORO Pittsburgh for continuing to make this work purposeful and worth the good fight.