Rap 4 Peace

A HIP-HOP gun Violence Awareness Conference

June 2 2024

Rap 4 Peace

Rap 4 Peace © is a global conference and concert held June 2, National Gun Violence Awareness Day designed to raise awareness about gun violence in BIPOC communities and developing countries, advocate for common sense gun policies, and recognize individuals who have made outstanding achievements in non-violent advocacy.

Soren Baker

Soren Baker is the author of the critically acclaimed The History of Gangster Rap and co-author of both The Gucci Mane Guide to Greatness with Gucci Mane and Chronicles of The Juice Man with Juicy J. Baker’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, XXL, The Source, and the Chicago Tribune. He has penned liner notes for albums by 2Pac, Ice Cube, N.W.A, Ice-T, and Gang Starr, and has worked on television programs for VH1 and Fuse. His interviews appear on YouTube via his Unique Access Ent. channel. Baker also writes for LL Cool J’s Rock the Bells and FLOOD Magazine.

Guy Djoken

In 2004 following the return of the U.S. to UNESCO, the first UNESCO Center for Peace was founded in Frederick, Maryland to help promote the understanding of UNESCO’s mission and ideals and to translate them into programs that will help raise a new generation of Peacemakers, placing Human Dignity at the center of their activities and striving to make the culture of peace a commodity of everyday life through Education, Science, Culture and Communication.

Working with Americans for UNESCO and other regional institutions, within a year, the Center became a cultural anchor for the region, celebrating community diversity, contributing to current issues and events, engaging policy makers, and working with all stakeholders to further understanding of peace, acceptance and tolerance in the region.

At the same time, a successful outreach was made towards the worldwide UNESCO Clubs movement in the world.

In December 2008, the Center’s Board Chair Professor Leonard Latkovsky attended the annual European Federation of UNESCO Clubs & Associations in Paris, France. In April 2009 Dr. Hoda Zaki attended the United Nations conference on racism and discrimination as representative of our Center. On October 17, 2009 we were honored to host the Honorable Benjamin Cardin, U.S. Senator as keynote speaker during our commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. In December 2009, Board Member Seth Roberts travelled to China to share our expertise in Model UN with the Hailiang Educational Group, China.

In 2011 after the appointment of Mr. Eric Woodard as Executive Director of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, our efforts to help create, facilitate and strengthen the UNESCO Club movement in the U.S. witnessed a dramatic and most significant progress to date. Mr. Woodard created the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Clubs, Centers & Associations that allowed the U.S. UNESCO Club movement to join the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations (WFUCA) during its 8th Congress in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Since then, the UNESCO Club movement in the U.S. has been growing, strengthening. This year alone we welcome the NY State Chapter, The UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the MIT UNESCO Club. We have also been working closely with The European and North American Federation as well as the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers & Associations (WFUCA).

During the 33rd Executive Board of WFUCA held in Lucca-Florence, Italy last March 8-13, 2013, the U.S. was selected the as the host of the 34th Executive Board meeting set for March 2014, which is the current task at hand for the new U.S. Federation. I am hereby inviting other UN related agencies in the U.S. such the UNA USA, UNICEF USA, Amnesty USA to join forces with us to welcome the world movement in March 2014.

Lil Eazy E

Eric Wright Jr. (born April 23, 1984 in Compton, California), better known by his stage name Lil Eazy-E, is an American rapper and the oldest son of gangsta rap pioneer Eazy-E. Signed to Universal Motown Records, he became a Kelly doodoo Park Compton Crip at a young age and was only ten years old when his father died due to AIDS. His debut album, The Prince of Compton, has been continually pushed back since 2006 but is set to hopefully be released before the end of 2010. Lil Eazy-E was also once involved in a feud with rapper The Game, because he thought Game was overusing his father’s name. He is also good friends with Dr. Dre‘s son Curtis Young aka Hood Surgeon.

Lil Eazy did a remix of his father’s hit single “Eazy-Er Said Than Dunn” in 2003 as a tribute to Eazy-E. The song was called “Lil Eazy-Er Said” and it appeared on Eternal E – Gangsta Memorial Edition w/ DVD.

Lil Eazy had a cameo in the music video Certified Gangstas with Jim Jones, Cam’Ron and fellow Compton native The Game. Lil E’ also did a song for True Crime: Streets of L.A. named “Get Cracking”.

Lil Eazy will release his first album titled Prince of Compton, in 2009. He is said to be collaborating with artists like DJ Yella, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Ice Cube and a few other artists. He hopes to reunite the living members of N.W.A on a track. The album’s first single will be “This Ain’t a Game” featuring Bone Thugs-N-Harmony members Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone & Wish Bone. There is a separate version featuring Bizzy Bone.

Lil Eazy-E, released a documentary about his father entitled The Life and Times of Eric Wright. The Impact of a Legend pack came with its own documentary of the same name, produced separately.

President's Volunteer Service Awards

About President’s Volunteer Service Awards

The President's Volunteer Service Award is a civil award bestowed by the President of the United States. Established by executive order by George W. Bush, the award was established to honor volunteers who give hundreds of hours per year helping others through the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The award can be granted to individuals, families, and organizations located throughout the United States. Depending on the amount of service hours completed, individuals can receive the Bronze, Silver, Gold, and/or the President's Call to Service Award (also referred to as the President's Lifetime Achievement Award). The Call to Service Award is the most prestigious, and it has been awarded to few Americans to recognize over 4,000 hours of extraordinary service including notable honorees such as S. Truett Cathy, Mark Carman, and Zach Bonner.

Award Recipients

Chuck D
Leader / Co-Founder of Public Enemy

Leader and co-founder of legendary group Public Enemy and part of the supergroup Prophets of Rage, Chuck D is a social activist, author, film producer and digital music pioneer. He first rose to acclaim in the 1980’s with a string of critically lauded and commercially successful albums that addressed weighty issues about race, rage and inequality with a jolting combination of intelligence and eloquence never seen before.

The New York Times has named Public Enemy’s music to their list of the “25 Most Significant Albums of the Last Century” and in 2005 The Library of Congress added Fear of a Black Planet to their National Recording Registry. In 2013, Public Enemy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2015, Public Enemy’s “Say It Like It Really Is” provided the powerful backbeat to the trailer for the critically-acclaimed film, Selma, and “Harder Than You Think” was selected for NBC’s official Super Bowl XLIX commercial after being the cornerstone of the 2012 Paralympics campaign (which drove the song into the UK Top 5). When the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC began curating its archive, the group was asked to donate iconic items from their history. “It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back” (15) “Fear of A Black Planet” (176) were both named to Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list in 2020, the same year Public Enemy received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the GRAMMYs. This year, “Fight The Power” was named #2 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2021 list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (which also included “Bring The Noise“).

In June 2016, Chuck debuted Prophets of Rage, a new “supergroup” with former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, Cypress Hill’s B-Real and DJ Lord of Public Enemy. He formed Enemy Radio in 2019, the DJ-MC soundsystem component of Public Enemy and toured throughout Europe with Wu-Tang and De La Soul.

In June 2020 he released the single “SOTU (STFU)” with Public Enemy and a few weeks later the group opened the 2020 BET Awards with “Fight the Power Remix 2020,” featuring guest performances and new lyrics by Nas, Rapsody, Black Thought, YG and Questlove. By August, Public Enemy announced a return to Def Jam, the record label that launched the group’s career, led by the release of “Fight the Power Remix 2020” and followed by a new album, “What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down” that was met with global critical acclaim.

Chuck D is also a visual artist whose work has been shown in galleries nationwide, a best-selling author (including 2017’s 300-page “This Day In Rap and Hip Hop History”), a highly-sought after speaker on the college lecture circuit, has been a prominent member of music industry non-profit organizations MusicCares and Rock The Vote (which honored him with the Patrick Lippert Award in 1996 for his contributions to community service), runs his own record label, SpitSlam, and launched the websites Rapstation.com, HipHopGods.com and SheMovement.com. He has served as national spokesperson for Rock The Vote, the National Urban League, the National Alliance of African American Athletes and Hip Hop Public Health. In 2018, Chuck was named the Chairman of the Celebrity Board for the forthcoming Universal Hip Hop Museum in New York. This year, Chuck has released a graphic novel and, in the fall, will release a limited-edition book and print collection of his fine art works.

Chuck has co-hosted an episode of the lauded PBS series on the Blues, created by Martin Scorsese, and the critically-acclaimed Watts-Stax documentary. He also wrote the theme song to ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball show, as well as the 2003 ESPY Awards and hosted the network’s documentary Ali Rap in 2006, which was nominated for several Sports Emmys including one for his theme song composition. Public Enemy’s song, “Harder Than You Think,” was used as the theme song to the MLB Network’s 2013 baseball season coverage and Chuck, along with Amani K. Smith, composed and contributed additional music to LeBron James’ Showtime docu-series, “Shut Up And Dribble” in 2018. He was the host of a 2006 Sundance television special, Chuck D’s Musicians Studio, where he interviewed Quincy Jones at length, returned to the network for an episode of Iconoclasts with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and was an executive producer of their lauded Dream School series (2014). He is Executive Producer for the documentary “Use of Force” which debuted on Peacock and has several film, television and digital projects in production. He also created an installment for Audible Originals’ Words + Music series, “Songs That Shook The Planet,” earlier this year.

As the developer and executive producer of “Fight the Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World,” Chuck D curated a powerful collection of voice on the evolution of the musical genre and its historical significance. The four-episode series premiered in the US on PBS in 2023

Jon Tilli
Director, Deutsche Bank Chair, dbPride

Jon Tilli is a Director in FIC Financing where he works on the Commercial Real Estate team. Jon is the Global Chair of dbPride, Deutsche Bank’s employee resource group (ERG) for the LGBTQI+ community. As chair, Jon facilities conversations with public, private and philanthropic partners to ensure Deutsche Bank remains a thought leader on LGBTQI inclusion. He is also responsible for Deutsche Bank’s participation in the World Economic Forum’s Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality. In addition, Jon represents Deutsche Bank in OPEN Finance where he served as co-chair for four years. OPEN Finance is a New York-based volunteer network that combines the collective expertise of its 50 member firms’ Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to drive forward LGBTQI+ equality and diversity in the financial services sector and beyond. Jon is a proud alumnus of New York University, having completed his Bachelor of Science in Finance & Marketing degree from the Leonard N Stern School of Business in 2005 and Master of Science in Real Estate Finance & Investing from the Schack Institute

of Real Estate in 2009. Jon started his career at JPMorgan Asset Management and joined Deutsche Bank in 2012 from Arbor Realty Trust, where he held various positions on the Asset Management team. Jon is a founding member of The Pride Council and the CREFC Pride Network. He is a member of the Board of Directors of GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students and a member of the Board of Trustees of Ars Nova, New York City’s premier hub for new talent.
In 2022, Jon Tilli was recognized as #9 on the top 100 Outstanding 2022 LGBT+ Future Leaders list, presented by Involve and supported by Yahoo Finance.

Stephon Alexander ,PHD
Professor of Physics at Brown University
Stephon Alexander is a Professor of Physics at Brown University and former President of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP). Alexander has had previous appointments at Stanford University, Imperial College, Penn State, Dartmouth College, and Haverford College. He is a specialist in the field of string cosmology, where the physics of superstrings are applied to address longstanding questions in cosmology. In 2001, he co-invented the model of inflation based on higher dimensional hypersurfaces in string theory called D-Branes. In such models, the early universe emerged from the destruction of a higher dimensional D-brane which ignites a period of rapid expansion of space often referred to as cosmic inflation.
Angelina Ruffin, PHD

Managing Director, Kaiser Permanente Center for Gun Violence Research & Education Dr. Ruffin has close to 20 years of experience researching and evaluating best practices in violence prevention within government and community-based organizations. In 2016, Dr. Ruffin was appointed Deputy Managing Director and Director of Performance Management for the city of Philadelphia by Mayor Jim Kenney. Dr. Ruffin has previously served as the director of performance management at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and as policy advisor to three health secretaries at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. In addition, Dr. Ruffin has led multiple program evaluations for government and social service agencies and has championed the use of data to improve public policies and business practices.

Dr. Ruffin earned her doctoral degree in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania, along with graduate certificates in University Teaching and Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies. Dr. Ruffin attended Cornell University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis and Management. She was a Dean’s Healthcare Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned her master’s degree in Health Care Policy and Management and graduated with distinction. Dr. Ruffin resides in Philadelphia with her three children.

Tina Marie Tyler
Founder & Chief Peace Officer

is an American television news and entertainment presenter, executive producer, music executive, and global peace activist. Widely credited as the first African American woman to partner with Microsoft to bring black video content and a monetization model to MSN Video in the early 2000s, Tyler went on to become the “face” of MSN Entertainment covering high-profile events and celebrity newsmakers. Tyler’s news credits include ABC News, PBS, EXTRA!, and Fox 11 LA. As an Advisory Board member and executive producer at Universal Hip Hop Museum, Tyler was instrumental in creating compelling livestream and live music events such as Hip-Hop and Mental Health: Facing The Stigma Together in association with the GRAMMY Museum, Recording Academy and MusiCares, The State of Black Music, It’s Time For Hip Hop in NYC (four borough hip-hop music festival) in partnership with the City of New York, and the Hip Hop Science Project, in association with the Simons Foundation. In 2020, Tyler created and produced the International Peace Day broadcast, Hip Hop 4 Peace, which included hip-hop artists from over 20 countries. The video was included in the United Nations International Day of Peace broadcast. Currently, Tyler is the Founder and CEO of Hip Hop 4 Peace, a global NGO dedicated to peace through hip-hop culture, and a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Clubs, Centres, and Associations. She also serves as the President of UNESCO USA, California Chapter.

Hip Hop 4 Peace is a proud member of the United States Federation, UNESCO Clubs, Center, and Associations.


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