Please join the Africana Studies Program for a film screening of the documentary Bars4Justice as part of Black History Month.
Bars4Justice is a documentary short film shot on location in Ferguson which addresses Hip-Hop's role in the movement for social justice and racial injustices. The film follows Emcee/Activist Jasiri X who was invited to perform at Mike Brown's benefit concert on August 9, 2015 along with Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Cornell West, and Bree Newsome.
Hip hop is the main influencer of youth in America and all over the world. Through dialogue and education eventually we will be able to reduce the demand for negative music by increasing the public’s access to inspiring cultural narratives. Please join us for a Q&A Student interaction session with award winning international filmmakers Queen Muhammad Ali (Director, Producer), and Hakeem Khaaliq (Director, Producer).
Queen Muhammad Ali: Director, Editor, Producer
Before she began directing films, Queen worked as an elementary grade teacher for a private school in Southern California. Her interest in education led her to filmmaking. She has produced for Univision Television Network, MTV, and VH1. Her work has also been featured in Ebony Magazine, Huffington Post, Washington Post, NY Times, Arizona Informant and Yahoo! News. A founding member of the nationally distributed magazine, Nation19, Queen published the magazine to educate youth on indigenous empowerment, archeological research, and social change.
Queen's name is not by accident. Her Great Grandfather is Paramount Chief (King) Tuli Le'iato of American Samoa who's letters to President Kennedy are on display at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Hakeem Khaaliq: Director, Editor, Producer
Hakeeem is a filmmaker, producer, cinematographer, writer and award winning graphic design artist. Hakeem has written, directed, designed, and produced for Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Sean “Puffy” Combs, David Banner, Russell Simmons, Kobe Bryant, MGM, Derrick Rose, Aloe Blacc, NBC, WBLS (New York), and KIISfm (Burbank). Also a founding member of Nation19 Magazine, Hakeem serves as the magazine’s creative director.