hadari-davis Hodari Davis

Hodari B. Davis is the National Program Director at Youth Speaks inc. and The Executive Producer of the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. He is also the Creative Director of the Life is Living Campaign and Festival, organizing eco empowerment events in cities around the country including; Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Washington DC, and New York. He serves as the Creative Director for the Bigger Picture Campaign, focused on identifying and combating the environmental and social forces behind the Type 2 Diabetes epidemic. At Youth Speaks Hodari has been responsible for developing the Pedagogical Framework, the Service Model, the Oral Narrative Learning Standards, and the overall Program Design, since 2005. Hodari is an award winning educator who has taught at schools throughout California at the elementary, middle, high school and college levels, and facilitated classes on topics including but not limited to: African American History, Literacy, The History of Hip Hop Culture, Critical Pedagogy, Cultural and Ethnic Studies, Leadership Development, Diversity in Education, African American Poetry, and Youth Empowerment. In addition to this work, Hodari is a member of the Paolo Friere Institute for Critical Pedagogy, and winner of the 2013 Peter Lang Publishing Paolo Friere Award for Community Organizing. He has appeared in several documentary films including “FRONTLINE: Berkeley School Colors” (1994), “Freestyle: The Art of Rap”(1999), and “Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices” (2009), and is the subject of a 2013 Game Changers Documentary, profiling his work as an activist and an educator. Hodari is the co – founder and former President of the Oakland Panthers Baseball / Softball Club. He is currently the Artistic Director for Young Gifted and Black, a youth performance a repertory group that uses Historic Poetry and Rap to teach African American History. He is also the Creative Director for Antique Music, a production company centered around the art, music and related products of independent recording artist Antique. Hodari serves as an Arts Education Consultant for the African American Male Achievement Initiative in Oakland, the Kuumba Lynx Half Pint Poetry Project in Chicago, and for Metaphor Houston, a BNV Affiliate in Houston, Texas.


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