One Hood Reboots Media Academy for Young Black Men in Pittsburgh

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.

One Hood Media Academy’s opening ceremony will be held at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture on January 25, 2013 at 7 p.m. with special guest, Grammy award winning, multi-platinum artist David Banner.  A Conversation with David Banner will include an in depth discussion with David Banner regarding the Black male image in Hip Hop, his career and current activities, as well as current state of Hip Hop.  The ceremony will also feature a performance by One Hood Media Academy graduates Jordan Montgomery and Cameron Layne.

The documentary, “Game Changers” , written and produced by Chris Moore for WQED TV highlights One Hood's work in the community. According to Mr. Moore, “Jasiri X and Paradise Gray of One Hood Media are Game Changers who are teaching young black men how to play the media game and control their own images. In this day of the Internet they don’t need anyone’s permission to blog or shoot their own videos, they control the vertical and the horizontal, and thus they realize the power that they have to change the way they are perceived in popular culture. It is a transformative moment when these students finally get in the game, they become Game Changers.”
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. 

If you would like more information regarding this topic, or to schedule an interview with Jasiri X or Paradise Gray please call 412-404-2347or email jasirix@gmail.com

1 comment:

  1. Another example of why mainstream media has to be ignored and we must continue to be forthright telling our own news and commentary. This type of story makes a Black person feel good because we are not in isolation fighting against this beast!!!


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