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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, BrickCityLive.com.

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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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