How Can Hip-Hop Benefit Technology? Education? Diversity? Business? Politics? You? EVERYTHING?

Manny Faces helps answer these questions, delivering valuable information and inspiration to audiences from colleges to conferences to corporations. He is an award-winning journalist, independent scholar, and public speaker based in the New York Metropolitan area who founded several acclaimed media outlets including Birthplace Magazine, an online entertainment and lifestyle publication focusing on hip hop music and culture in the NYC-area, and its complimentary live podcast/video show, The NY Hip Hop Report.

In late 2015, Manny founded The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy (, a non-profit organization utilizing journalism, original research, and media/public outreach to increase awareness and understanding of hip-hop’s important artistic and cultural contributions.

In 2017, Manny was recruited to produce News Beat (, a groundbreaking, multiple award-winning podcast series that melds hard-hitting social justice journalism and expert interviews with music and original hip-hop lyrics crafted by independent hip-hop artists. News Beat was recently awarded Best Podcast at the 2018 New York Press Club Journalism Awards.

In 2018, Manny launched another podcast series, Hip-Hop Can Save America! (, highlighting people and organizations utilizing hip-hop music and culture to innovate, inspire, and uplift lives and communities.

Manny, who is also an accomplished DJ, producer/remixer, and event host, is an outspoken advocate for hip hop music and culture, and has lectured, moderated, participated in panel discussions, and conducted workshops at universities, organizations, conferences and festivals throughout the world.


“This was a great damn talk.”  — E. Briannica
“We need more talks like that.”  — Xavier C.
Wow! Loved your talk! Keep on fighting for the underdogs!! — Lisa M.
“Manny gave a fantastic lecture…” — Greg S.

Notable Current/Upcoming Appearances

October 18 – Audio Engineering Society Conference, Jacob Javits Center, NYC

Notable Past Appearances

Carnegie Mellon University
La Place: Hip-Hop Culture Center, Paris, France
Hip-Hop Hacks at Spotify, New York
A3C Festival & Conference, Atlanta, Ga.
Hackers On Planet Earth (H.O.P.E.), New York
National Endowment for the Humanities Institute, Fairfield, Ct.
Ohio State University
Northeast Popular/American Culture Association, Keene State College, NH.
Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival, Trinity College, Hartford, Ct.
147th Audio Engineering Society Conference, NYC
RebelCON, Dallas, Tx.
Circling the Elements Hip-Hop Conference, Albany State College, Ga.
Hip-Hop Literacies Conference, John Jay College, NY
Hip-Hop Happening, Bucknell University, Pa.

Lectures / workshops include:
Hip-Hop Can Save Your Business! Inspiration From a Culture of Entrepreneurship
Hip-Hop Can Hack Everything!
From Tech to… Well… Everything!
Still Fighting The Power: 
Hip-Hop’s Evolving Role in the Battle For Social Justice
Hip-Hop Can Save America! Solutions From a Culture of Innovation
Bad Raputation: Media, Corporations & High-Profile Individuals Are Killing An American Culture
Podcasting to Grow Your Business or Nonprofit

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