Joycelyn A. Wilson is an educational anthropologist and a HipHop Archive Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She is the brains behind the HipHop2020 Curriculum Project (www.hiphop2020.org), and a producer of the Emmy-winning documentary film Andrew Young Presents Walking With Guns. She’s written for XXL, FADER, The SOURCE, and wax poetics magazines, and has contributed commentary to cnn.com, theroot.com, and the BET Networks’ My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women in Hip-Hop. Examples of her lectures and presentations are Hip-Pop Pedagogy: Transformational Leadership Lessons for the Millennium Generation; Keepin’ It Real At the Intersection: Towards a New Authenticity in Hip-Hop Culture; and Applying the Lessons of Hip-Hop Culture to Business Development. Dr. Joyce is a Scholar of Hip-Hop Studies at Morehouse College, and has consulted with Clark-Atlanta University, The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Atlanta Public Schools. She is the lead blogger for the 30 DAYS OF…DAILY DOSE OF REALNESS series.
Zaneta J. Smith recently received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a concentration in School Social Work. Zaneta’s passion for youth and service started as a young child in Los Angeles, CA where she was heavily involved in service learning through church, school, and Girl Scouts. This passion was further cultivated at Spelman College where she majored in Psychology, and maintained service work at various community organizations. One organization in which Zaneta devoted her time for three years was Foreverfamily, Inc., an organization dedicated to providing children of incarcerated family members with the love of family. In 2009, during Zaneta’s last semester at Spelman College, she got involved with the HipHop2020 Curriculum Project (HipHop2020) through a hip hop studies course at Morehouse College taught by her mentor, Dr. Joycelyn Wilson. With the project, Zaneta devoted her time and service to “What is Hip-Hop Studies: Bringing Hip-Hop to the Academy”, Morehouse’s first hip-hop-centered leadership studies conference. Currently, Zaneta works to further develop the programming for HipHop2020, including the “30 Days of…Daily Dose of Realness” series.
Joshua Moore is currently enrolled as a law student at the University of Southern California’s Gould Law School. He is a 2011 graduate of Morehouse College. At Morehouse, Joshua was an active student and was part of the Maroon Tiger Newspaper, Torch Yearbook, Morehouse College Admissions Team, and HBCU-UP Research Program. For the past four years, he served the local Atlanta community as a Bonner Community Service Scholar and worked with various groups of students between the grades of 6-12 in the forms of tutoring, mentoring, and test preparation. Last summer he represented Morehouse as part of the Shepherd Alliance Poverty Program where he worked with Camp Interactive, a New York City non-profit organization that connects inner-city youth to technology and outdoors adventures. This year he has worked with the Lead Global program, which recruits minority teenagers to build high achievement and responsible leadership in a global perspective. As a law student, Joshua plans to use his degree to fight against the legality of the death penalty and to work on issues in educational policy. Joshua has been a contributor to the 30 Days of…Series and The HipHop2020 Curriculum Project since 2008.