Fighting Back & Winning over Black Male Images Meet the Game Changers


Game Changers: Shaka Jamal, Jasiri X, Cheo Tyehimba Davey D

Click the link below to listen to the conversation on Hard Knock Radio about Black male images and how to go from negative to positive..Our guests include Oakland  film maker Shaka Jamal, Pittsburgh rapper Jasiri X and Game Changer Project Executive director Cheo Tyehimba

The Game Changers Project is the hands down answer to the mass amounts of negative images that  of Black people,  in particular Black men that have long bombarded our community..For those who have bemoaned that situation, then you definitely wanna peep out the solutions offered and call to action, put forth by the brothers I had on our Hard Knock Radio show yesterday.  We went into depth about heroes in our community and how and why they should be highlighted.

Jesus El

Jesus El a True Game Changer

As Jasiri X noted there is a lot for us to celebrate.. Many in our community are hungering for the spotlight to be shun on folks who are beating the odds and making it crack for themselves and the community. During yesterday’s compelling show we focused on the micro documentaries done on Oakland native Jesus El who does acrobatic dunking and Pittsburgh activist and X-Clan co-founder Paradise Gray

We talked about an array of topic starting with the death of Margret Thatcher, to the how corporate media develops images, to the systemic dehumanization of Black people to the controversy around Rick Ross.. We also focused on the specific steps that have been taken to bring about victories and why we should be getting behind and celebrating the success of Game Changers.. Check out two of the mini-docs below.. For more in-depth information on the Game Changers Project go to their website

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Jasiri X Responds to Rick Ross.. Teams Up w/ Brother Ali About Pillars

Jasiri X Know thyselfPittsburgh rapper and activist Jasiri X has been on fire… His new album Ascension is  masterpiece spawning several videos which are on point and inspiring.. The music is soulful.. The subject matter is thoughtful.. He’s also been focusing on subject matter that takes you deeper terrain then we normally travel in Hip Hop, but has been rooted in a tradition of African-American music ala Afrika Bambaataa, George Clinton and Sun-Ra before him.. He’s been talking about life and times beyond our  earthly dimensions as well as religion…Cuts like Wheels best illustrate this.. The videos to the song Pillars featuring Brother Ali also touch in that direction..

Yesterday we sat down w/ Jasiri X and Interviewed him… here’s our Breakdown FM Intv

Check out the videos below..

Jasiri X has also been keeping his shoulder to the grind as an activist.. Him and his partner Paradise Gray from the legendary group X-Clan have been operating full steam ahead with their 1Hood Media Academy.. local youth from all over the Pittsburgh area come through and are taught how to be media makers and to be media justice advocates..

In recent days Jasiri has stepped up to join the fight to hold artist accountable about violence against women and to push back on rape culture. Below is him responding to the lyrics rapper Rick Ross put in a song U.O.E.N.O. (You Ain’T Even Know It) where he talks about drugging a girl so he can have sex with her..the lyric in question goes; Put molly all in her champagne/ She ain’t even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain’t even know it.”

Paradise Gray from the group X-Clan weighs in on the Rick Ross Controversy.. Rape Is Rape

One Hood Challenges the Media Portrayal of Black Youth


The above documentary, “Game Changers” was written and produced by Chris Moore for WQED TV. 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.”

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.

David Banner

David Banner

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.