One Hood Media Academy, established by Jasiri X and Paradise “The Arkitech” Gray, in conjunction with August Wilson Center for African American Culture and a generous donation provided by the Heinz Endowments, is the tool to help African American young men critically analyze media messages, broaden their experience of media, and develop the creative skills needed in producing their own media. The mission is to improve self-image, dispel stereotypes, and provide a positive forum of self-expression. The program is offered to 25 young African-American men, ages 13-19. The course will include, though not limited to, the art of blogging, video production, and social media. Applications for entry are now being accepted until February 1, 2013. The Academy will be held at the Elite Studios, 901 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.
Emcee and community activist Jasiri X is the creative force and artist behind the ground breaking internet news series, This Week with Jasiri X, which has garnered critical acclaim, thousands of subscribers, and millions of internet views. A six time Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Award winner, Jasiri is the first Hip-Hop artist to receive the coveted August Wilson Center for African American Culture Fellowship.
Paradise “The Arkitech” Gray, founding member of XClan and the Blackwatch Movement, is the man behind the camera responsible for framing the images that make the Hip Hop series so unique. Paradise’s work as an elder in the Hip Hop community is rivaled only by his work dedicated to issues that effect the disenfranchised of the community.