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Khafre Jay: From the Block to the Top

Khafre Jay is a change-maker, a community organizer, a consultant that helps businesses incorporate Hip Hop into their programs, an artist, and the best father ever. Hailing from Hunters Point, San Francisco, and being raised in a city with the highest income inequality in the Nation,  Khafre dedicated his adult life to fighting for socioeconomic justice while learning to empower his community's voices — and he primarily does so through Hip Hop organizing. His passions for music, grassroots solutions, and community justice drove him to create the nonprofit Hip Hop For Change in 2013, which started from a clipboard on 24th Street and quickly grew to the world's largest Hip Hop education organization. With Khafre at the helm, Hip Hop For Change employed over 1000 people in the community, educated over 35 thousand youth K-12, and raised over 6 million dollars through grassroots means and public support. He's now at the helm of a new revolutionary nonprofit, Hip Hop For The People, creating even more space for his culture. His ultimate goal is to bring Hip Hop back under community control through the nonprofit sector.

For all this, Khafre's work has been recognized by The East Bay Economic Development Association, receiving the Arts and Innovation Award in 2022. The year before, Khafre was elevated by the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the San Francisco Symphony, winning both the 2020 William J. Zellerbach Award for Social Change and the Symphony's 2020 Ellen Magnin Newman Award for Outstanding Arts Organization. Khafre has graced Mother Jones, The Daily Kos, The SF Chronicle, The Oakland Tribune, POP VULTURE Magazine, and Musicbailout Magazine. His work has been featured on KPIX, KRON4, CBS News, The Black News Network, NBC Bay Area, PBS NewsHour, and FinTech Tv. 

Khafre travels the country now, providing keynote speeches and lecturing academically. He has spoken for universities like Tulane, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, Stanford, and The Cambridge School For Social Justice. He has graced the TEDx stage. As a performing artist, Khafre has shared the stage with world-class acts such as Rakim, Method Man, Dead Prez, Brand Nubian, Hieroglyphics, Jean Grae, The Pharcyde, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Medusa, and many more.  

Khafre's brand of Pro Black, anti-white supremacist, misogynist, community-oriented Hip Hop is a plus on any stage. If you want your audience to move, Khafre Jay is your answer. He never slows down.

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