Partners

Guildworks deXgnHYVE’s partnerships with businesses, artists’-collectives and corporations, foundations and personal/individual artist affiliations exist across a spectrum of varied demographics more often divisive than unifying; Guildworks has created a digital souq for this rich, multi-layered fabric of globally intersecting, commercial communities. Agents, artisans, artists, consumers and businesses, transact and compel business with socially and spiritually-conscious arts and (multi)media merchants and stewards working with ethically produced digital media as our common ground. Our partners include ambassadors and envoys, chaplains and outreach ministries, (dot).orgs, (dot).coms. Purveyors of products from hipster goods to homeless services to the most underserved communities.

deXgnHYVE provides both products and the branded, strong marketing channels for music, design and streetArt, applied and fine art, videography and other multi-media, where we’re dedicated together to bringing the top tenth of our proceeds to benefit economically challenged and marginalized communities through deXgnHYVE’s Urban Outreach and partners, (with 10% of net profit directly serving our NYC core communities) and 100% of remaining profits sustaining and provisioning national and international communities, by profitably engaging the commercial business models of GUILDWORKSdeXgnHYVE.

Partnerships between deXgnHYVE and our alliances, vendors and strategic-partners develop through shared multi-cultural exchange and ideals, and concrete business goals. And through collaborative outreach in visionary urban cultural ethos, and socialPreneur business ethic working in conjunction with our interfaith initiatives and Urban Outreach, Guildworks iAbraham Inc., NFP (501c3). philanthropy x creative cultural business assets (commerce) in deXynHYVE is the new blvck.

Spiritually and socially-conscious commerce continues to be an bourgeoning, vital step in helping alleviate the soul-burdening weight of homelessness, race and immigration indignities, addiction struggles, mass incarceration issues – along with other legacy and current societal burdens – albatross to Leviathan. Any one of us could be on the streets or living one paycheck to the next, “we could be…there but for grace…” without a roof, warmth or the most basic food to sustain us.So participate. Partner. Find and create your own, and others’ places of belonging in deXgnHYVE. Because working together from the richness of diversity, and creating global inclusiveness through deXgnHYVE’s radical hospitality brings Guildworks’ new business model from grist to grind, and onto the cultural-heritage | economics world stage. GUILDWORKS deXgnHYVE invites and engages the world’s creative communities – while incentivizing business commerce to flow through socially, spiritually-conscious, ethically built and offered products across the gamut of creative media and brand marketing. Artists and multi-media purveyors, to business/corporate (brand) consumers are encouraging and utilising deXgnHYVE‘s ethics-based business models in driving conscious-commerce business; Mutual Collaboration and partnership (deXgnHYVE and different organizations) brings dynamic dimensions and planes of engagement.

ORGANIZATIONS

FAITH HOUSE MANHATTAN

deepening personal and communal journeys

Faith House Manhattan is an experiential inter-religious community that comes together to deepen our personal and communal journeys, share ritual life and devotional space, and foster a commitment to social justice and healing the world.

AWAKENING MUSEUM

spiritual development and connection

Originally created by French artist Jean-Claude Gaugy in an abandoned high school gymnasium in West Virginia, the Awakening Museum is a series of 400 carved and painted wood panels that cover 8,000 square feet of walls and ceiling. The work was transported in 2002 from West Virginia to its current home in Santa Fe, where Gaugy has his summer studio. The Awakening expresses Gaugy’s spiritual development and connection with the divine. Comfortable padded benches allow you to sit and contemplate the walls or lie on your back to study the ceiling. The central figure on the vaulted ceiling is an abstract medallion of light, color and angles that Gaugy created to symbolize “the inexpressible power and creativity of God, without reference to any specific institutionalized religious belief.” The medallion is surrounded by seeking figures, turned toward and away from the light. The wall panels depict Gaugy’s interpretation of various biblical and other religious themes including the four horsemen of the apocalypse, the last supper, Christ’s resurrection and (Patron Saint of Santa Fe) Saint Francis of Assisi.

JOURNAL OF INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

contributing to a more tolerant, pluralistic society

The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue™ is a forum for academic, social, and timely issues affecting religious communities around the world. Published online, it is designed to increase both the quality and frequency of interchanges between religious groups and their leaders and scholars. By fostering communication, the Journal hopes to contribute to a more tolerant, pluralistic society. For regular updates, we invite you to follow the Journal on Facebook or Twitter or to sign up for our newsletter at the bottom right corner of our webpage.

JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE THEOLOGY

emerging scholars, theological dialogue

The Journal of Comparative Theology was established in 2009 by three graduate students at Harvard Divinity School: Josh Daneshforooz, Axel Takács, and Paul Nicholas. The Journal of Comparative Theology is an online publication in which graduate students and emerging scholars share articles that seek to understand a particular faith in theological dialogue with one or more other religious traditions.

INTERFAITH AMIGOS

Christian-Jewish-Muslim message of deep hope and healing

Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman were brought together by the events of 9/11. Since then, they have brought their message of deep hope and profound possibilities for healing person and planet to audiences in the United States, Israel-Palestine and Japan.

INTERFAITH COMMUNITY

Affirming community and providing resources for interfaith families

As an independent voice and an affirming community for interfaith families, we honor the distinctiveness of both Judaism and Christianity and support individuals as they pursue their own course, at their own level of involvement. We encourage families to find the religious balance that is right for them, and provide them with the resources they need to achieve this balance with respect and understanding.

WORLD FAITH / FRANK FREDERICKS

Interfaith community service network

World Faith is an interfaith community service network with chapters in six countries. As the Executive Director, Frank Fredericks works as an Online Marketing Consultant and has consulted businesses, artists, and non-profits, including the Cordoba Initiative. As an active blogger, Frank contributes to a number of blogs, including the Huffington Post. He is an Interfaith Youth Core Fellows alumnus, UN Alliance of Civilizations presenter, and has been interviewed by Good Morning America, NPR, New York Magazine, and various international media outlets.

ILLECT RECORDINGS

Honest 2 goodness SoulFood HipHop

ILLECT RECORDINGS features some of the most globally respected HIPHOP and Holy Culture artists working in the industry. Josh Niemyjski (also known as Plastic) started ILLECT Recordings in April 2003, after his departure from the Uprok Records as the Artist & Repertoire manager. Niemyjski had worked for Uprok from 2001-2003. He is also the founder of the Sphereofhiphop.com and Sphere of Hip Hop Records which was the first label he started in 1999. Since starting ILLECT RECORDINGS the label has grown to encompass a wide array of Underground, Alternative and cross-over mainstream emcees with profound love for God and unparalleled artistry in Christ-centered HipHop.

45royale

Web design and development

45royale is an experienced web design studio in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 2006, they've launched over 500 web sites and have been published in industry-leading books and magazines. They believe that quality design, hard work, and communication are the keys to solving their client's business needs. They take pride in giving their clients an effective, high-quality product. Whether you need a brief marketing site, a custom application, or anything in between, 45royale has got you covered.

PEACE IS MY RELIGION PROJECT

Revolutionary Socially Conscious HipHop

السلام هو ديني، الموسيقى هي سلاحي
La Paix est ma Religion; La Musique est mon Arme.

Morocco-based, active mainly in Africa and Europe, our structure is intended to be a promotional body and booking agent for hip hop artists and associated projects. We have a wide network of contacts and partners in the press, media, and music. Visibility is provided for artists. The modern means of communication such as social networking and email newsletters are also our specialty. Peace is my Religion supports revolutionary and socially conscious hip hop through a unifying and universal concept.

- Peace is my Religion: The word "Peace" is common and fundamental to all faiths. This is a reply to those who associate violence with religions

- Music is my Weapon: This sentence advocates for rappers who use music as their only weapon to combat social injustice, they are the voice for the millions who don’t have one. Music is an art, but in addition to being purely entertainment, it can also broadcast a message, emotion, and educate the listener.

SHEMSPEED

Indie label producing global music, showcasing diverse artists with positive and unifying messages

Shemspeed is an independent recording label & promotional agency devoted to producing and developing dynamic multi-cultural artists and interactive media. Founded by Erez Safar, an American-Israeli DJ/Producer, Shemspeed promotes dynamic artists representing a wide range of genres including hip-hop, reggae, and rock. Y-Love (revolutionary Jewish hip-hop), Diwon (Yemenite / Sephardic hip-hop, Global beats), DeScribe (soul-awakening dancehall, hip-hop, & soul), and Electro Morocco (Israeli rock, dance music.) Shemspeed artists, collectively showcasing the diversity in world Jewish music, have performed with musicians as varied as Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed, Idan Raichel and Eminem; they’ve been profiled in Rolling Stone, SPIN, The New York Times and XXL; and they’ve been seen and heard around the world on various TV appearances (Conan O’Brien, CBS and BBC World) and global radio. Shemspeed’s mission is unifying people through culture and education, celebrating diversity and common ground. Our work adds a public Jewish voice to multi-cultural, inter-faith, creative and collaborative bridge-building.

TRINITY BAND

Christian|Ethno-indigenous musical group with roots in South American rhythms and love of Celtic music

Trinity is a band of 4 young talented musicians from the Netherlands. Three of Trinity's members, the Smelt brothers spent their childhood in Peru. Their South American up-tempo musical roots together with their love for Celtic music are the ingredients of Trinity's passionate songs. Their first album, 'Inicio,' was released in October of 2007 and was enthusiastically received by audiences and critics. Trinity continued to develop as a band and in the summer of 2008, won a band battle for the Netherlands’ biggest Christian broadcasting agency, the EO. This formed the onset for their second album ‘Cada Dia’ which they recorded in January 2009. ‘Cada Dia’ mixes the Peruvian roots and Celtic influences with African beats and up-tempo grooves. They have a strong live performance that makes the crowd swing, sing along and dance. In the summer of 2010 Trinity played at the mainstage of the biggest Dutch ‘Xnoizz Flevo festival’. They also played as a support act for ‘NewWorldSon’ (Canada), ‘IONA’ (UK) and ‘Sons of Korah’(Australia). They have recorded 4 albums and sold over 30 000 cd’s. TRINITY are also Ambassadors for http://www.tear.nl/en The band travels back to Central and South America regularly to bring the Good News to those in desperate circumstances with a passion for Faith and the unique message and person of Jesus, and to all who are disenfranchised and destitute.

RIGHTEOUS B | DIRTY VAGABOND MINISTRIES

Vibe Mother Teresa with tattoos and Earrings

Dirty Vagabond Ministries and RIGHTEOUS B; think Mother Teresa with earrings and tattoos.” 'Righteous B' Bob Lesnefsky says “it’s youth ministry to the inner-city church… We come into a city and make a long-term commitment to that city. We place two urban missionaries there that live among the people. The style of ministry they do we call incarnational ministry; they’re not waiting for people to sign up or show up. They’re going out to them, hitting the streets, and really everything happens in the context of that relationship. When me and my wife started doing youth ministry, we ended up at an inner-city parish in New York. I didn’t realize how urban it was. About a year into it, we found ourselves in just a whole mess of problems with police there all the time, violence. We were about to quit and leave but something happened where our hearts were changed and we really fell in love with that kind of kid and we felt this is what we wanted to do with our lives.

yLOVE+SAZ

Sulha Soup Nutz 'N Boltz HipHop

Hip Hop Sulha series performances were conceived by Diwon and social entrepreneur, community activist Daniel ‘Mobius’ Sieradski. These two came together over the idea of reinventing the concept of the traditional Arab sulha (reconciliation) by bringing leading Jewish and Muslim hip-hop musicians together to celebrate peace and religious tolerance via the performing arts. In the past, the series has hosted Hadag Nachash, Saz, Sagol 59, and DJ Spooky, among others.

INDIVIDUALS

REBEL DIAZ ARTS COLLECTIVE (RDACBX)

Hip-hop community & cultural-(B)Xchange building community through the arts

http://www.rdacbx.org

A Hip-Hop community center in the South Bronx. Through performances, educational workshops, and multi-media training, they provide a safe space for cultural exchanges.

DENNIS CACHO

Capturing lifetime moments one snapshot at a time. Portraits | Cityscapes | Street | Documentary | Urban Exploration | Cinematic Stills | Video

http://denniscacho.4ormat.com/aboutme

A New York City based photographer, Dennis Cacho (@Denn_Ice). He started his career in the music industry at the young age of 16 years old. He has been a part of the epical moments of Hip Hop and prides himself on his loyalty and diligence.

Photography has allowed Dennis to freeze time and interpret the vision in his own distinct likeness. His main objectives when photographing timeless moments are to capture a mood and give the viewers something they can internalize and feel.

He specializes in portraits, product, street photography, and events. His personal work has been described as magical and timeless by his numerous fans. Dennis’s ability to capture New York at its finest proves his work ethic and professionalism.

JAMALL BUFFORD (The Black Opera)

being true

https://soundcloud.com/jamallbufford

It’s not about keeping it real, or being true to the game, it’s about being true to Jamall Bufford. More than ten years after Athletic Mic League (AML) came together as teenagers, the men that fill out its roster have spent over a decade writing and perfecting their lyrical skills, while working out the most satisfying stage performances and opening for hip-hop’s elite acts. Following the underground success of their own Lab Techs-produced "Jungle Gym Jungle" in 2005 on Barak Records, the remaining six members approached Jamall, aka "Buff1," with a new plan: it was time to bring him to the forefront as a solo artist.

In 2007, Buff1 found critical acclaim with the release of his debut solo album "Pure." Real Detroit Weekly crowned Buff1 “Best Solo Rap Artist of 2007.” A year later he released his second solo effort. In 2008, "There’s Only One" appeared on the iTunes Store homepage during release week, on many year-end lists for best songs and albums, and received rave reviews from XXL, XLR8R, illRoots, 2 Dope Boyz, and amongst many others, URB Magazine, who selected Buff1 to stand among their annual “Next 100” in 2009.

So whether rocking a party anthem, a political burner or soulful banger, or with a World Famous Beat Junkie, Jamall Bufford consistently delivers. “There’s Only One.” With The Black Opera collective, Jamall Bufford has been part of its first ever European tour with other core TBO members Obie Iyoha and Magestik Legend. The group’s latest album, “The Great Year” has recently been released. Based in Ann Arbor.

MAGESTIK LEGEND (The Black Opera)

Veteran Hip Hop artist working with at risk youth in the urban sector

https://www.facebook.com/magestiklegend

With The Black Opera collective, Magestik Legend has been part of its first ever European tour with other core TBO members Obie Iyoha and Jamall Bufford. The group’s latest album, “The Great Year” has recently been released. Magestik is based in Michigan.

“…Music outlives most artists that make it…So when all is said and done and I pass on, my music will still be here speaking for me. That story will be my ‘majestic’ legend.”

KYLE RAPPS

Narratives and snapshots from Harlem's HipHop

New Jersey Native Kyle Rapps began recording a song with one his top influences and heroes in Hip Hop, the Teacher himself Blast Master KRS ONE-it was easily a full circle move for him. “I used to study his song structures, rhyme patterns and live shows,” remembers Kyle. After featuring KRS ONE on the Buzz worthy “RENT” single and video, under the name Black Skeptik, Kyle began to gain the attention of press, TV and radio nationwide. Kyle describes his music as witty and youthful yet insightful and catchy. “Hip Hop is about stories and connecting the dots, some of the stories can be meaningful and still be fun and appealing. I rarely ever write a song that I can’t relate to in some way, shape, or form. My music will always reflect who I am.” Like Love Love? Then you’ll love Love Love 2 (Air Redux). The sequel to a fan favorite, Kyle Rapps’ latest mixtape single finds the Re-Edutainment emcee dropping some serious knowledge alongside Homeboy Sandman and hip-hop legend KRS-One.

IVAN MERLIN

master-class artist

http://instagram.com/ivan_mke

Emerging artist pushing the outer limits of what guache paint can do. A technical master in the medium, his artwork is on the cover of albums such as YCtheCynic.

SEAN SOUTHEY

Photographer committed to community action, story and empowering communications

http://instagram.com/seansouthey

Sean is deeply committed to community empowerment and using creative media to facilitate powerful social change. With a multi-sector background, Sean spent 12 years with the United Nations Development Programme, 5 years with the Canadian government and 3 years working with other international non-government organizations such as ICLEI (Secretary General) and Rare (Vice-President). Sean spent the last five years leading PCI Media Impact’s growing portfolio of Entertainment-Education programs that now spans over 30 countries.

He is a dual Canadian and South African citizen and has lived, worked and travelled in over 80 countries.

GLOBAL SCRIBES

with authenticity, integrity, spirit,

http://www.globalscribes.org/

Global Scribes™ is a nonprofit organization which fosters global unity by connecting youth to build cultural understanding and worldwide community through the beauty and the power of the written word.

Exchanging personal narratives is the foundation of the Global Scribes community. They invite all people to contribute within the framework of their mission – with authenticity, integrity, spirit, respect, courage, creativity, kindness, grace and gratitude – to learn from one another the unique and similar aspects of our global cultures.

DION FITZGERALD

light and shadow based abstracted concepts

http://www.dionfitzgerald.com

Dion Fitzgerald is a Canadian visual artist & musician. Oral history, cultural traditions and personal experience highly influence his light and shadow based abstracted concepts, realized in both acrylic and mixed media. Since his 2008 exhibits in Toronto, he has gone on to showcase his work internationally, including gallery shows in London, UK and Barcelona. Fitzgerald refers to his new work as "conceptual expressionism". Currently the artist is planning several showings for 2015 as well as building his line of unique limited edition designs titled, The DF Collection.

MOATH ALOFI

Searching for the city of Medina

http://instagram.com/moaz84/

Moath Alofi is a photographer working in Medina, “searching for the city of Medina, Saudi Arabia.” His work is focused on the Documentary & Art.

MOHAMED AHNIN | onzyme

light, texture and palette, exploring spatio-temporal boundaries

http://instagram.com/onzyme
http://onzy.me

Mohamed Ahnin’s artwork focuses on the architecture of Morocco’s stately cities and the remote villages of the Atlas mountains in southern Morocco, a geography nearly unparalleled as witnesses to over 1200 years of civilization, reflecting a rich culture and genius expressed by his ancestors through time and human history.

From time to time he works in the urban settings of his home city of Casablanca, documenting substance from my daily life in light, texture and palette, exploring spatio-temporal boundaries.

A Moroccan photographer interested in everything related to the history of Morocco and the history of mankind, Ahnin’s photographs are spontaneous, and influenced by the emotion generated by the moment/environment he inhabits through the lens. He sees his images as travel tickets in time and space, allowing viewers - to visit the same places in different eras and to meet characters who lived in his times.

SAMEH (SAZ) ZAKOUT

Music is my M16 My Songs are My Bullets

SAZ is a native of Ramle, Israel, a predominantly Palestinian Arab city known for its excessive crime and poverty. Transcending the violence plaguing his people and his city, SAZ chose hip hop as a means to overcome, stating, "If I didn't have music, I'd probably be in the streets selling drugs and getting shot..." SAZ was inspired to write hip hop rhymes by third grade Arabic teacher. He began performing publicly at the age of 16 and has since become a prominent figure in the Palestinian hip hop scene. SAZ rhymes in Arabic/English and is widely hailed for his beatbox technique. He has been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine and CNN, as well as countless hip hop media such Afripop and BPM. After touring relentlessly-performing throughout Europe, the United States, and across Palestine and Israel, critics and music fans are taking notice. SAZ uses rap music to deliver a message to his fellow Palestinians, to fight for their right for national identity, to remember their history and to take pride in their Palestinian nationality. SAZ also sees his music as a powerful tool for building bridges between people and fighting ignorance and apathy across the entire world. SAZ also knows that one of his greatest opportunities to help his people is to be an ambassador to the rest of the world. He abhors racism in all its forms and knows that change must be built from the grassroots, where people come together and see each other as equals.

KHALED M MUSIC

Revolution in Rhymes

Khaled Ahmed is 26-year-old, U.S.-born Libyan-American better known as the rapper Khaled M. His father, Mohamed Ahmed (a poet and revolutionary) and mother, Wafa Nashnoush, spent most of their lives protesting the Gadhafi regime. Currently Chicago-based, Khaled is a hip hop artist who was born into the struggle. He has been the reigning Chicago Urban Music Awards “Lyricist of the Year” has been featured on CNN, ABC World News, Yahoo! News, BBC, Complex Magazine, NPR, Rolling Stone and others. With an international fan base and a live show setting stages ablaze he is listed as one of CNN’s “Most Interesting People” and continues to be a voice for socially conscious change-agents here and abroad.

SHTAR

Blended Backgrounds and Thick Beat Hebrew HipHop

Shtar in Hebrew translates to the word "contract", the foremost indicator of acquisition in Jewish law. The group Shtar consists of a producer/songwriter (Binyamin Adam), a hip hop lyricist (Ori M'Ori), a vocalist (Dan Issac), a bass player (Avi Sommers) and a drummer (Tzvi Solomons). The unlikely team met while studying in a rabbinical college in Jerusalem. With an orthodox change of lifestyle and an unorthodox change of location, both culminating in the Holy City of Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh, the Shtar squad have blended their original backgrounds and styles to make thick beats with deep spiritual and politically charged lyrics that has the power to acquire any listener.

yLOVE

Revolutionary Beats Building Bridges Not Walls; This is Unity

Undeniably one of the decade's most dynamic artists and crossover success, Y-Love (Yitz Jordan) has made a name for himself as a hip-hop artist, multicultural educator, conflict resolver, fashionista, activist for social change, and political pundit, in six short years. Yitz Jordan (Y-Love) is an award-winning inspirational hip-hop artist whose compelling personality and multilingual musical talents have received worldwide acclaim from New York to Ukraine. An Orthodox Jew for ten years, Yitz's unique perspectives on Jewish identity and cross-cultural relations have captivated hearts and minds at schools, theatres, and various houses of worship worldwide. His unique musical style, blending holy tongues such as ancient Aramaic and Hebrew, Arabic, Yiddish and Latin over ethnic and futuristic urban beats was called the "soundtrack to social progression" byURB Magazine.

HAZAKIM

HipHologetics; Rap for God's Glory

Founded in 1997, Hazakim (Hebrew for “strong ones”) consists of emcees/producers, Michael and Anthony, who also happen to be blood brothers. Due to an upbringing in the Messianic Jewish movement, as well as multicultural roots which include Jewish ancestry, their sound possesses a trademark Hebrew influence which sets them apart from other hip-hop artists. Living by their motto, the charge of Rav Sha’ul (Paul) in II Timothy 4:2, “preach the Word, be urgent in season and out of season; convince, rebuke, and exhort – be unfailing in patience and in teaching”, using the medium of hip-hop culture and through the scriptures they strive to convince the non-believer of the Messiahship of Jesus and their need for Him as Redeemer and Lord, encourage and admonish the believer to trust the Word of God in faith and knowledge, and adhere to the sound doctrine taught by the Lord and his disciples.

EPRHYME

Renaissance Rap's Resurgence

Eprhyme (pronounced E-prime) is a Renaissance Rapper, representing a profound resurgence of depth and dope within an all too often formulaic, uninspired and commercialized art form. Through his collage-like and kaleidoscopic approach to Culture and Consciousness, Eprhyme is constantly and creatively crossing boundaries of substance, sound and style. After spending nearly a decade in the trenches of D.I.Y. Heartland and Underground Mecca, Olympia, WA, where he independently released 4 ground-breaking albums with the 'Saints of Everyday Failures' while working tirelessly as an Artist, Educator, Promoter and Community Organizer, Eprhyme made the move to Brooklyn, NY where he now works and plays with some of the most exciting contemporary ethno-indiginous Jewish, World, Hip Hop, Jazz and Indie musicians.

JEREMIAH DIRT

pleasing the eardrums, encouraging the soul

Dirt (Jeremiah) was born in Chicago and raised in San Diego. Accustomed to street life, violence and homelessness as a youth, he often found solace in music. In the beginning it was what surrounded him, Hip Hop. His early teens were spent as a member of the infamous crew 'Crayola' as a Bboy, where he had already begun developing the competitive attitude that would later define his music. Dirt's career and vision spans 15 years. From Plague to A War to Restore and Heavy Manners and currently the Upsetter Mixtape, Dirt consistently delivers remarkable, sincere, revealing and heartfelt music that seems to ripen with age. Not your average hiphop artist, Dirt surrounds the listener with provocative, God-centered music that is felt to the bone. From his vicious battle raps (directed towards the secular-minded who think Christ Emcees are weak) to his emotionally charged topical songs, Dirt is a force to contend with. He fearlessly approaches hard topics in a revealing way leading to very satisfying music. This is only matched by his undeniable respect for his culture of hiphop in creating relevant music. Lastly, his 'non Holier-than-thou' approach to music and ministry has created an awesome fanbase and drawn extremely talented musicians to the 'Locust' vision. Recorded on hundreds of songs through his own releases, features on other artists' albums, mix tapes, EP's and freestyles - Rest assured this envelope-pushing MC works hard to please the eardrums and encourage the soul.

HASAN SALAAM

music that paints vivid pictures of the commonalities that bind us: struggle, love, and pain.

Many artists crave the spotlight, but few know what to do with it. In 2004 Hasan Salaam separated himself from the music industry's status quo. The Jersey-bred MC was voted the winner of FUSE TV's "Hip Hop President" contest--Victory brought the opportunity to perform live for millions of viewers during the popular show "The Daily Download". Hasan took to the stage, and decided right then, to draw a line in the sand.

Hasan's weapon has always been "the Truth." His ability to wield it with uncompromising precision has catapulted him in to a global hip hop phenomenon. Hasan Salaam has accomplished more as an independent artist than many acts on major labels. He's performed live on national TV stations such as NBC, FUSE, CSPAN, and PBS. His music videos have caught the eyes of program directors and, as result, have been played by MTV UK, FUSE, Music Choice, and Video Music Box. Hasan's music paints vivid pictures of the commonalities that bind us: struggle, love, and pain. It's this ability, to touch people at their core, which has garnered Hasan a loyal fan base all over the world. His following has generated over a million plays on Myspace and Youtube alone. He's been featured in major media publications such as The Source Magazine (twice), The Village Voice, and The Washington Post. Nearly every hip hop site on the Internet has, at some point, done a feature on Hasan Salaam. Poised to keep the momentum going, Hasan is currently working on his most anticipated project to date, entitled "Life in Black and White" scheduled to be released in 2013. His goal remains the same, "to be a voice for the voiceless."

SHI 360

The New Strong; "No Haters" HipHop

Recognized as one of the first ground-breaking Israeli hip hop artists, Haifa born, Montreal raised, SHI 360 (born Shai Haddad) debuted as a conscious MC in the late 90′s, drawing both underground and commercial appeal. Starting off as an independent artist, his first album “Chapters” set him apart as a unique voice in the Montreal hip hop scene. Seminal on Israel’s hip hop scene, Shai released Israel’s first mixtape, leading the DJ hip hop scene and co-hosting Tel Aviv Radio’s Hip Hop Show “The Lab.” Following Sophomore and Junior album collaborations, his popularity led to selling platinum records and hit singles including “Kabel,” “Break the Silence,” “Home,” “Rak Benadam” and many more. SHI 360 quickly became a household name, launching his own record label while producing and managing several artists. 360 Music released hits including “Lo Ba Stam,” “Ani Ve At,” and “Baby” among others. Spreading unity and awareness through his music and tours worldwide, Shai has set himself apart as a compelling voice unafraid to challenge the mainstream media’s oftentimes distorted messages. Many of his songs emphasize a bold social and political message. Going by the credo “Don’t be afraid to think,” SHI 360 combines deft rhymes and fresh, genre-shifting beats. His diverse sounds stem from childhood exposure to diverse music genres by various artists.

JE'KOB

Rapper, singer, and record producer

Rapper, singer, and record producer, Je’kob Washington was born in San Antonio, Texas, on June 16th, 1981. His father was a 20-year army veteran and auto-mechanic working hard most of the time, making sure the family had everything they needed. He was a sort of hustler by trait but he never seemed to miss one basketball game or school function. Je'Kob's mother took care of the kids making sure they were raised by their parents instead of the many emerging and available media outlets. In 1999 Je’kob’s part-time family music group “Souljahz” got a chance to go overseas to Aachen Germany and record their first full length album with a young producer who they met through a family friend. As soon as they returned to the states their father took the finished album to the ASCAP offices. After a couple meetings they found themselves in the offices of Jimmy Iovine, the CEO of Interscope Records. The group received offers from several powerhouse labels including Interscope, Warner Bros. & Atlantic Records. In 2000, after lengthy negotiations, they ended up inking a deal with Warner Bros. There have been many glorious moments as there have been trials but Je'kob sums up his experience best in Dreams: "What you fight for is what you die for, and what you try for is what you cry for, but if you really want it, you will try more."

GIO PRIEST producer

chopping his way into unique sounds & drum patterns of HIP HOP, R&B Soul and Gospel Rap

GIOPriest is a producer who is chopping his way into unique sounds & drum patterns of HIP HOP, R&B Soul and Gospel Rap. He's been producing for almost seven years. An active writer & poet, GIOPriest is a humble spirit who is surfacing into the mainstream bringing attention to his productions. Sounds which are often new to the ear are becoming more and more appealing to new and upcoming artists. Starting off with his instrumental promo on Youtube and soundcloud, GIOPriest is beginning with a new project introducing to the world a new but authentic sound into HIP HOP. Simply said, GIOPriest is a talented gifted freelance producer looking for a studio company to call home! He loves to see the smile on artist faces when they create magic out of his productions. GIOPriest is a fan of gospel hip hop, soul hip hop and many other different styles of music. He promotes those who create positive hip hop & who also have a positive outlook & vibe towards life. If you want to catch GIOPriest, you will always find him in the studio.

JusTHOUTz

creative ambition and packed home studio

Atlanta based emcee, JusThoughtZ is molded by New Jersey’s art scene and has a rich musical lineage embodied in his name, James Sims IV. His eclectic musical background inspired his critically well-received EP J.O.T.S. JusThoughtZ is currently preparing for commercial release of Break The Day. His creative ambition smoldering within, Sims says “A lot of the zeal for a better life came from my father who passed away a week before my 8th birthday.” A young JusThoughtZ was left with his father’s duffle bag full of tapes from Hip Hop’s pioneers. Albums from A Tribe Called Quest to Smif-N-Wessun became a portal to the roots of Hip Hop and ultimately his own. His father’s tapes and grandmother’s 2,000+ LP collection of gospel and early R&B sowed seeds for JusThoughtZ’ destiny. His first step was writing letters to heal the tension with his mother and the fatherless void that marked his childhood. After reciting poetry in a packed home studio full of varsity football players, JusThoughtZ faced a silent room full of glistening eyes. Norfolk producer MaddBeatz was at a lost for words, but he stumbled upon a memorable appellation: “He has an old soul. I’ma call you JusThoughtZ.” And Sims’ career came into being.

Since then, JusThoughtZ has established himself as a spiritually conscious lyricist who often captures thoughts and feelings most try to conceal. He’s made noteworthy appearances such as his poignant “HELP US!!!” feature on Jerrell Johnson’s breakout mixtape Dream S.O.D.A. (2012). A natural observer as an emcee and photographer, JusThoughtZ sums up his mission for his forthcoming album Break The Day in one profound statement: “I want to be like Jesus, and be completely human while fully acknowledging God’s presence within and without.” @IamOHGODINK

AWKWORD

Putting hip hop back on the map

Rapper/Activist (and Sociologist) AWKWORD is one of the “dope artists” putting New York City Hip Hop back on the map (DOPEMusikBlog.com) -- making “quality music that deserves to be heard” (Chuck D of Public Enemy). AWKWORD is also “the heart and soul” of World View, the first-ever 100% For-Charity Global Hip Hop Album. Hosted/presented by The DJ Booth (DJBooth.net and also sponsored by End of the Weak (EOW) and The Morgan Stanley Foundation, AWKWORD’s “highly anticipated LP World View” is designed to connect us worldwide through Hip Hop music & culture. World View features contributions from every continent, approximately 20 countries and every U.S. region. The album boasts production from Harry Fraud, Domingo and Numonics, and guess emCee appearances from Joell Ortiz, Sean Price, KRS-One, Slug (of Atmosphere) and more.

WASHINGTON PROJECTS

lighting up the dark

In 2006, the group Souljahz re-emerged independently as The Washington Projects. They have released two albums, “Commanders Of The Resistance” in 2007, and “Light Up The Dark” in 2010, both of which garnered critical acclaim and rave reviews. Between 2006 and 2010 they toured nationally and internationally, traveling twice to war zones in Iraq to entertain the troops, as well as headlining a tour to Italy alongside The Nappy Roots. Recently, Je’kob signed with Seattle-based Save the City Records to release new material and make new appearances.

DATIN

the grand (re)entrace

Newark NJ, Brick City all day everyday! I popped up everywhere from the Lyrical showgun to the Lyrical combat to the EOW MC challenge of champions tv show to 106 and parks freestyle friday to MONDAY NITE FIGHT KLUB to Bizarre and Proof's(D12). Emcee battle in Detroit to the EOW international MC challenge held in SPAIN. I worked with multi-platinum hit producers and was just a signature away from a major label record deal... but the truth is the closer I got 2 this "dream" the further away I felt from God. I had no peace..IEvery accomplishment, every dollar made and all the respect I had earned meant nothing anymore next 2 having Jesus in my life!...Now I'm back 2 tell the world what the Lord has done in my life. I got an album on the way called THE GRAND ENTRANCE.

LORS

the crossover scene and a message of awakening to God’s grace

LORS's career began in mid 2004 with his need to make music through which people could hear God's word. A year later, Lors appeared on stage as part of a group called FACTS, and after one year writing and recording songs in this group, he left to pursue his solo career. Lors gathered a group of Christian artists to work in a production called the Price of Blood, calling his new partnering the UPPER ROOM, and bringing together the ministries of Noe (4-MC), Phillip and Vizkel (of Sion 07), Natan (of the Prophets) and himself. Throughout the special recording process, pure chemistry brought them all God's confirmation and a divine message they should make more albums and stay as a group, now known as the Upper Room. Having just finished recording his successful sample track Planet, Lors's latest album, the Great Awakening is hot on the Christian and crossover scene, releasing on iTUNES and elsewhere welcomed with an enormous love of God and expansive as his growing audience, filled with the message of awakening to God's grace.

RUBINSKY RBK

spitting straight-on 16 in bilingual rhyme

Enrique Nunez Manuel Espino, from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic is best known as RBK Rubinsky. From early childhood his parents recognized his gifts and formally educated RBK in the elemental Word of God. Rubinsky RBK has a wide-ranging gamut of music which celebrates Jesus Christ and God, the Father. He can spit straight-on 16 (in bilingual rhyme) but just as beautifully rap about lost love, or being found again by God's grace, compassion and forgiveness. He is one of the most diverse, talented Spanish (bi-lingual) rappers spitting the Gospel from his heart.

Enrique Núñez Manuel Espino, es mejor conocido como RBK Rubinsky. Nacido el 9 de mayo de 1990 en la ciudad de Santo Domingo, República Dominicana. Desde su más tierna infancia sus padres reconocieron su talento y RBK educación formal en la Palabra de Dios elemental. Rubinsky RBK cuenta con una amplia gama que va de su música que celebra Jesucristo y Dios, el Padre. Él puede escupir recta, el 16 en la rima bilingüe, pero igual de bonito rap sobre el amor perdido, se encontró de nuevo a través de la gracia de Dios, la compasión y el perdón. Él es uno de los más diversos, talentosos raperos españoles (bilingüe) escupiendo el Evangelio en su corazón.

SUIGO REVILLA

Inspired by Basquiat, Banksy, Haring, Dali, Tanguy

Working in context of Lima Peru to limes and San Diego cervézas, Suigo is a Peruvian artist based in San Diego, California. I lived my whole life in Lima, Peru. Just a few months ago I moved to California and have been inspired by the strong, colorful landscapes that surround me every day.Most of my inspiration comes from my father, Carlos Revilla, one of Peru’s most famous artists and a good friend of Salvador Dali. I’m also inspired by: Jean-Michael Basquiat, Banksy, Keith Haring, Salvador Dali and Yves Tanguy. Between paint, pastels, paint markers and spray paint, drastic shifts of style and technique take place in every canvas, paper or skateboard I paint on. My style can be categorized as naive, surreal, abstract and pop.

NACER KHEMIR

classical Arabic culture and storytelling

From an early age, Khemir was fascinated by classical Arabic culture and by storytelling. He has cited the One Thousand and One Nights as a particular influence, saying, "I am a child of these stories." However, in spite of this interest and a similar, lasting passion for film, Khemir initially planned a career as a painter and sculptor - a path he has, throughout his life, continued to pursue; his art has been exhibited at, among other institutions, the Centre Pompidou and the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.

In 1966, at the age of eighteen, he was awarded a UNESCO fellowship to study film in Paris. In 1975, he completed his first film, L’Histoire du pays du Bon Dieu (The History of God's Country), shot in his hometown of Korba and featuring the desert setting and spiritual overtones that would figure prominently in his later work.

In 1984, his first feature film, Les baliseurs du désert (Wanderers of the Desert), garnered international acclaim and awarded the Grand Prix at the Festival des Trois Continents. Khemir's second feature, Le collier perdu de la colombe (The Dove's Lost Necklace), was released in 1991. The dialogue of the film is in Classical Arabic. Its narrative, reminiscent of a fairy tale, concerns a young calligrapher in Al-Andalus who embarks on a quest to find the missing fragments of a manuscript that he believes will reveal to him the secrets of love. Le collier perdu de la colombe was the recipient of several awards, including a Special Jury Prize at the Locarno International Film Festival.

Les baliseurs du désert and Le collier perdu de la colombe are considered to form the first two parts of a "Desert Trilogy." The third part, Bab'Aziz: le prince qui contemplait son âme (Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul) was released in 2005. Bab'Aziz tells the story of an elderly dervish who, accompanied by his young granddaughter, encounters several mysterious strangers as he journeys to a large and joyful Sufi gathering in the desert. Khemir has described Bab'Aziz as "a highly political film, and deliberately so," saying:

"I would explain it with this allegory: if you are walking alongside your father and he suddenly falls down, his face in the mud, what would you do? You would help him stand up, and wipe his face with your shirt. My father’s face stands for Islam, and I tried to wipe Islam’s face clean with my movie, by showing an open, tolerant and friendly Islamic culture, full of love and wisdom . . . an Islam that is different from the one depicted by the media in the aftermath of 9/11."

The film was the recipient of a Golden Dagger at the Muscat Film Festival. In addition to his work as an artist and filmmaker, Khemir has performed as a storyteller at the Théâtre national de Chaillot, and has produced work for Swiss, French, and Tunisian television. He is the author of a number of books, including several for children.

ISMAËL FERROUKHI

the pilgrimage starts the day you leave your house and undertake the journey

Ismaël Ferroukhi is a firmly established French-Morrocan film director and writer. Winner of the Kodak Prize of the 1993 Cannes Film Festival and Lion of the Future “Luigi De Laurentiis” Award for First Feature Film at the Venice Film Festival for Le Grand Voyage. More recently Ferroukhi has directed the film Free Men, based on a Paris Mosque in World War II that became a hiding place for Jews.

EDEN PEARLSTEIN | EPRPHYME

creating a powerful and poetic plea for peace, justice, joy, and unity

Eprhyme spits rhymes designed to refine the mind of the listener. Kabbalah, psychology, politics, and party rocking are intertwined with elements of jazz, funk, klezmer, and Middle Eastern music to create a powerful and poetic plea for peace, justice, joy, and unity. Over the course of many inspired and productive years, Eprhyme has built a well deserved reputation both as a dynamic performer and an inspiring lyricist. He appears in a wide range of Jewish and secular venues, from New York City's "Downtown Seder" and Hot 97 "Who's Next Live" Showcase to Limmud UK. Eprhyme is both esoteric and accessible enough to captivate and transform an audience from college, club to synagogue. Lyrically, Eprhyme is a well versed tour guide who owes as much to Rebbe Nachman and Robert Anton Wilson as he does to John Coltrane and KRS-ONE.

http://shemspeed.com/speakers/eprhyme/

JONATHAN DUDLEY AUTHOR | MEDICAL STUDENT

writing & scholarship at our cultural juncture

Jonathan Dudley’s Broken Words breaks new ground–deconstructing political cogs, religious gears, social nuts, bolts and rivets of mainstream, conservative Evangelicalism’s machinery. Dudley’s arguments focus on a range of topics including those most hotly debated at our cultural juncture: environmentalism, abortion, Church and same-gender issues, abuse and use of political agendas contextualized in moral law and religious cause. Dudley demystifies Conservative populist Modus Operandi, lifting a veil and revealing the face of poverty-stricken theological study and lacking ecclesial scholarship. Yet for all Jon Dudley’s prosecuting Evangelicalism’s absolutism, slanted scholarship and lack of consistent logical premises as defining character-traits, his foundational love for true Evangelical witness and its central tenets of clear, articulate and passionate belief also brims over the edges of Broken Words. His hope and ours, is that post-Right Neo Evangelicals in affirming their essential core convictions are again attending to the places God is both in the undeniable details, as well as vast new landscapes of Humankind and Holy Spirit. And that new Evangelicals are moving toward living in fruits of the Spirit with nuance and dimensionality-prayerfully plumbing the depths of authentic discernment that's wide and high and long and deep as the love of Christ.

HOPE LITURGICAL WORKS / ERLING HOPE

Invitations to a state of reverence

Just what it is about a space, or an object or image, which invites us to a state of reverence is a mystery. It is also probably very personal, and individual. But patterns do emerge: the delicate balance of proportions, the dramatic interplay of light and dark, warm and cool, or the way that texture can invite the body--the true temple--to hum its own hymn of praise. These are among the elements which guide us, each to different degrees. These are the principles which conspire to lead us to that ultimately human act upon which prayer and meditation depend: reflection. Like any artist or designer, I work with these elements on a daily basis. But as a liturgical artist and designer, my attention is focused on how these elements influence the religious sensibility, how they influence faith. ERLING HOPE currently serves as President of the Society for the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture, NYC, and served as Artist-in-Residence for Andover Newton Theological Schools summer Institute for Theology and the Arts, 1999-2002, and served as Pastoral Clerk for Peconic Bay Quaker Meeting from 2006-2009. He is a tourist trapped in a local's body and a third generation maker of things.

BENJAMIN B DEVAN

teacher, religion, doctoral candidate

Teacher of religion, philosophy, and African American literature at North Carolina Central University, Peace College, and a MIT mini-course titled, "Religion: Bringing the World Together, or Tearing the World Apart?" he completed his MA in Counseling at Asbury Theological Seminary, his MDiv at Duke University, a ThM at Harvard in World Religions with a thesis on evangelical Christians and Islam, and is now a doctoral candidate at Durham University, UK, writing a dissertation on the New Atheism.

MICHAEL CARTER

art, creative writing, teaching

Michael Carter is an artist and teacher. Involved in education from curriculum design and classroom teaching to speaking at national conferences, he's been active in for two decades. His teachings posts have ranged from Kindergarten to University level. In the mid-1990's, Michael was asked to develop an art program for Westminster Academy in Memphis, TN., one of the premier Classical Christian Schools in the U.S., where he eventually taught Art, History and Latin for several years. Currently Michael teaches art and creative writing at Trinity Christian Preparatory School in Charlotte, NC.