Manny Faces is an award-winning, new media journalist based in the New York Metropolitan area. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Birthplace Magazine (www.birthplacemag.com), an online entertainment and lifestyle publication focusing on hip hop music and culture in the NYC-area. He is also creator/host of The NY Hip Hop Report (www.nyhiphopreport.com), a live podcast/video show, originally launched in 2012.
In late 2015, he founded The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy (www.hiphopadvocacy.org), a non-profit organization utilizing journalism, original research and media outreach to increase public awareness and understanding of hip-hop’s important artistic and cultural contributions.
In 2017, Manny was recruited to produce News Beat (www.usnewsbeat.com), a groundbreaking podcast series that melds investigative journalism, expert interviews, music and original lyrics by hip-hop artists.
Manny, who is also an accomplished DJ, producer/remixer, podcaster and radio/podcast/Q&A/event host, is an outspoken advocate for hip hop music and culture, and has lectured, conducted workshops and participated in panel discussions at universities, organizations, conferences and festivals throughout the world, including, but not limited to: Hip-Hop Hacks, Spotify, NYC (keynote, hip-hop journalism workshop), Northeast Popular/American Culture Conference, Vermont (lecture), La Place, Paris (panelist, DJ), Hip-Hop Literacies Conference, John Jay College, NYC (lecture), Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival, Trinity College, CT. (lecture), A3C Hip-Hop Festival, Atlanta (panelist), Circling the Elements Hip-Hop Conference, Albany, Ga. (lecture), Hip-Hop Happening and Bucknell University, Pa. (panel moderator, class lecture).