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Hi. I’m Manny Faces.

Hip-hop Journalist / Lecturer / Researcher
Advocate / Media & Corporate Watchdog
DJ / Producer / Podcaster / Event Host

Hi. I'm Manny Faces.

Hip-Hop Journalist / Lecturer / Researcher
Advocate / Media & Corporate Watchdog
DJ / Producer / Podcaster / Host (Radio, TV, Event)

I am an award-winning new media journalist and digital strategist with more than 15 years experience in news publishing and online journalism.

Through the years, I have created and helmed several acclaimed online media properties. In 2008, I founded Birthplace Magazine, an online entertainment and lifestyle destination focusing on hip-hop music and culture in the New York metropolitan area. In 2011, I created The NY Hip Hop Report, an online, live talk radio show and podcast which ran through 2014, and re-emerged in 2017 as a weekly Facebook Live broadcast. I also created The Manny Faces Show, a long-form audio magazine podcast that featured conversations with creatives from many different disciplines.

Simultaneously, I presided over dozens of web properties as Director of New Media for digital marketing agency Morey Creative Studios, including its former flagship property, Long Island Press, for which I won several prestigious industry awards.

In late 2015, I founded The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing pubic awareness of hip-hop’s important artistic and cultural contributions.

In 2017, I was chosen to produce a groundbreaking podcast series, News Beat, which blends investigative journalism, progressive issues, music and original hip-hop verses.

I am also an accomplished DJ/producer/remixer, event/TV/radio host/personality, an outspoken media critic and a die-hard advocate for hip hop music and culture.

I have lectured, conducted workshops and participated in panel discussions at several conferences and festivals, including A3C Music Festival and Conference (Atlanta), La Place Hip-Hop Culture Center (Paris, France), Spotify x HipHopHacks (NYC)Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival (Hartford, CT), Circle of H.O.P.E. Conference (NYC), Circling the Elements Hip-Hop Conference (Albany, Ga.), Hip-Hop Literacies Conference (NYC)Bucknell University (PA), Medgar Evers College (NYC), Farmingdale State College (NY) and more.

Latest Updates // Blog Posts

Combat Jack, Reggie Osse

The Death of Combat Jack

As I reflect on what the passing of hip-hop media powerhouse Combat Jack means to me personally, I recognize that his life, legacy and mission must be remembered, long after the obituaries and outpouring of love on social media fade.
News Beat podcast season finale

Manny Faces Produces News Beat Podcast Season Finale: ‘Why We Riot’

News Beat, a groundbreaking podcast series melding investigative journalism and original music and lyrics, released its season finale, "Why We Riot." Manny Faces is the executive producer of News Beat.

Manny Faces and the News Beat Team Talk About New Podcast Series

News Beat is an innovative new podcast series executive produced, produced and engineered by Manny Faces for MP Studios, a division of long-time publishing...
News Beat podcast, produced by Manny Faces

Manny Faces Tapped to Produce Groundbreaking News Podcast Series, News Beat

Hip-hop journalist, producer and lecturer Manny Faces has been tapped by New York-based publishing company Morey Publishing, to produce an informative and entertaining news podcast series, News Beat.

Manny Faces Interview on Bodega Fresh Radio

Manny Faces appeared on the Sunday, August 2, 2015 episode of Bodega Fresh Radio to speak about his work in journalism and hip hop advocacy.

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SELECT PROFESSIONAL ACCOLADES

New York Press Association – Best Podcast
Press Club of Long Island – Best Website
New York Music Awards – Best Website
CUNY School of Journalism – Best Website

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The Death of Combat Jack

As I reflect on what the passing of hip-hop media powerhouse Combat Jack means to me personally, I recognize that his life, legacy and mission must be remembered, long after the obituaries and outpouring of love on social media fade.
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