Meet the Squad
founder and creative director
Jasiri X is the first independent hip-hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, which he received from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016. This recognition grew out of the spiritual/political urgency and artistic vision he shared on songs like “Justice For Trayvon” and “Strange Fruit (Class of 2013),” which documented the unjust police killings of young Blacks in the Millennial Generation. Likewise, he has been deeply involved with the national Movement for Black Lives, working with organizations like The Gathering for Justice, Blackout for Human Rights, Justice or Else, BYP100 and Sankofa. Still, he remains rooted in the Pittsburgh based organizations he co-founded, the anti-violence group 1Hood as well as the 1Hood Media Academy, which teaches youth of color how to analyze and create media for themselves. Jasiri emerged on the national scene in 2007 with the powerful hit song “Free The Jena 6” and the groundbreaking Internet video series This Week With Jasiri X, a program that reached millions of Internet views. More recently, his critically acclaimed album Black Liberation Theology (2015) has been recognized as a soundtrack for today’s civil rights movement. He has performed his music from the Smithsonian to the Apollo Theater and has discussed his views on hip-hop, race and politics at leading institutions across the nation, including Harvard University, the University of Chicago, NYU, Stanford, among others. Beyond his work nationally, Jasiri’s focus on social change has also touched the global arena. In 2016, he was commissioned by The Open Society Foundation to travel to Columbia to create a film (War on Us with Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Rhymefest) that highlights the international effects of US drug policy in South America. One of the most important political voices of his generation, in 2015 he received the USA Cummings Fellowship in Music, a BMe Fellowship and a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellowship.
DIRECTOR OF arts education and cultural enrichment
Taliya Allen is an educator, youth organizer and activist from Brooklyn, NY. Taliya Attended the illustrious Clark Atlanta University where she majored in Political Science and minored in English on the Pre-Law track, pursuing her lifelong dream of being an international human rights lawyer. However, with the state sanctioned murder of Troy Anthony Davis in 2011, Taliya began to lose faith in the justice system as a means to create change, and shifted her focus to education, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Clark Atlanta and being accepted into the 2013 Teach for America Hawaii corps.
After teaching sixth grade on the Big Island of Hawaii, she eventually relocated to Pittsburgh, PA to continue her work with youth in communities of color. Having received her MS in Education from Johns Hopkins University, she began leveraging her experience in education and her passion for social justice and human rights to begin work as an administrator. Taliya's role as 1Hood Media's Director of Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment is to provide curriculum development and cultural focuses and administrative support to the organization.
Taliya also writes creatively and hopes to further her impact in social justice through the written word. She believes that where passion, creativity and strategy meet, amazing things can happen. She lives by the mantra “It is not the meek that shall inherit the Earth, but the creative.”
DIRECTOR OF PR & CREATIVE ENRICHMENT
Pittsburgh born publicist and events consultant, Tye Clarke, is a creative powerhouse with the belief that the artistry of storytelling can change lives. After attending world renowned Parsons School for Design and graduating from Kent State University, she packed her bags and moved to Brooklyn, New York.
While living in NYC, she managed social media, PR, events and communications for companies including the American Cancer Society, Kaufmann Mercantile and BCBGMAXAZRIA. In 2016, she launched her own PR and events consultancy.
An avid lover of culture, philanthropy and art, she believes that happiness in where the three intersect. With her desire to live beyond the scope of monotony, Tye understands that life begins at the end of your comfort zone and believes that mantra holds true no matter the circumstance.
As 1Hood's Director of PR and Creative Enrichment, Tye is responsible for artist management, branding, event planning, digital content and strategic communication.