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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 / Podcaster / Public Speaker
Advocate / Media & Corporate Watchdog
DJ / Producer / Host (Radio, TV, Event) / Scholar

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, companies, colleges and festivals, including Google, Carnegie Mellon University (PA), 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.

And if none of that impresses you, I am also a living kidney donor, so there is that.

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Manny Faces as a guest on Coffee With Humans interview video show

[WATCH] Manny Faces on ‘Coffee With Humans’

I was recently a guest on the Edtech Innovators podcast, to talk about my work advocating for Hip-Hop's proven ability to uplift humanity, in areas including education, technology and more.
Manny Faces on the Minds Like Mine's podcast

[LISTEN] Manny Faces on the Minds Like Mine’s Podcast

I was recently a guest on the Edtech Innovators podcast, to talk about my work advocating for Hip-Hop's proven ability to uplift humanity, in areas including education, technology and more.
Manny Faces on the Edtech Innovators podcast

[LISTEN] Manny Faces on the ‘Edtech Innovators’ Podcast

I was recently a guest on the Edtech Innovators podcast, to talk about my work advocating for Hip-Hop's proven ability to uplift humanity, in areas including education, technology and more.
Manny Faces on the Jaded 80s Podcast

Manny Faces on the ‘Jaded 80s Baby’ Podcast

I was recently a guest on the Jaded 80s Baby podcast, to talk about my work advocating for Hip-Hop's proven ability to uplift humanity, in areas including education, health & wellness, social justice and more.
Manny Faces on Be Your Own Kind podcast

Manny Faces on the ‘Be Your Own Kind’ Podcast

I was recently a guest on the Be Your Own Kind podcast, to talk about my work advocating for Hip-Hop's proven ability to uplift humanity, in areas including education, health & wellness, social justice and more.

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

SELECT PROFESSIONAL ACCOLADES

New York Press Association – Best Podcast
Society of Professional Journalists – Best Podcast
New York Music Awards – Best Website
CUNY School of Journalism – Best Website

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