Hi. I’m Manny Faces.

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

Hi. I'm Manny Faces.

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

I am an award-winning new media journalist, content creator, podcast professional, independent scholar, and public speaker.

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. Since then, we’ve won some pretty big awards.

In 2018, I launched a new podcast series, “Hip-Hop Can Save America!” in which I speak with innovators who are using hip-hop music and culture in inspiring ways across many disciplines, including education, science and technology, politics, theater and more.

And in 2019, I launched Manny Faces Media, an independent content creation firm which specializes in podcast production and audio journalism.

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, colleges 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), Left Forum (NYC), Bucknell University (PA), Medgar Evers College (NYC), Farmingdale State College (NY) and more.

Lastly, you can also find my work as an arts & culture contributor with the award-winning, Newark, NJ-based publication,

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#40DaysAnd40Nights – And So It Begins

So. It appears I'm on the precipice of a truly exhilarating timeline. For me, anyway. But I think most would agree. Aside from the ins and...

#40DaysAnd40Nights #Two – Time For Some Action

For the past few weeks, I’ve been feeling pretty good about the timing of things. This is not normal. It’s strange when things are starting to...

#40DaysAnd40Nights #Three – Impostor

You ever hear of “the impostor syndrome?” I don’t know the full definition, but from what I understand, it’s the feeling someone gets when they...

#40DaysAnd40Nights #Seven – Never Stop Starting

I've started a lot of things. Birthplace Magazine. The NY Hip Hop Report. The Manny Faces Show. The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy. Hip-Hop Can Save...

#40DaysAnd40Nights #Twelve – Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

It ain't where you're from. It's where you're at. And where you're going.

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FORSA radio show interview with Manny Faces

[LISTEN] Manny Faces on The FORSA Show with DJ MD / Marcy DePina on...

Listen as Manny Faces discusses hip-hop music and culture, as well as his work with The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy and the News Beat podcast.
Manny Faces - Podcast Interview - Salaah's Corner

Manny Faces Discusses The State of Journalism and Hip-Hop’s Role on ‘Salaah’s Corner’

Manny discussed the state of mainstream journalism, as well as the world of hip-hop journalism, and how the News Beat podcast uniquely tackles social justice issues.

#HipHopInnovates with Manny Faces – Video Series Highlights Hip-Hop Fueled Innovation

A new video series spotlights individuals and organizations using hip-hop music and culture in innovative, inspirational, and insightful ways

Manny Faces Selected as Featured Speaker at RebelCON2018

Manny Faces has been chosen as a featured speaker at a revolutionary tech conference happening in the Fort Worth, Texas area on September 29-30,...
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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.

Here are some places you can find my work...


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.