Khafre Jay: From the Block to the Top
Among the many roles he fills, Khafre Jay is a change-maker, community organizer, nonprofit worker, Hip Hop Artist, and the best father ever. As a Bay Area, Hunters Point activist fighting for racial and socioeconomic justice, he empowers community members to use their voices and resist structures of inequality—and he does so in large part through Hip Hop organizing. His passions for music, grassroots solutions, and community justice drove him to create the nonprofit Hip Hop For Change, which utilizes hip hop to break down barriers between youth and justice issues that affect their lives and communities. So far, he's employed over 1000 people in his community, educated over 30 thousand youth K-12, raised over 5 million dollars through grassroots means, and now he's coming for the rest of the nation. He needs all the support he can get right now.
For all this, Khafre's work has recently been recognized 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. His work has been featured on CBS News, The Black News Network, NBC Bay Area, and PBS News Hour. Khafre's brand of raw, revolutionary, anti-white supremacist and 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.
Speaking Truth To Power
Educate, Entertain & Inspire
Khafre's deep understanding of equity and justice has been the cause of many organizations to reach out for his council. Besides sitting on the Board of the Children's Creativity Museum and the Presidio Trust Activators commit, he's been tapped by the SF Chronicle, Parks California, East Bay Regional Parks District, UCSF, and 350.org, just to name a few.
On The Stage
Khafre Jay is a true MC. With his revolutionary brand of Hip Hop, has shared the stage with world-class acts such as Rakim, Method Man, Dead Prez, Hieroglyphics, Immortal Technique, The Pharcyde, Talib Kweli many more.
Khafre has become one of the most powerful speakers in the Hip Hop community. For this, he's been invited to speak academically at institutions like Cambridge, Johns Hopkins, Tulane, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, and Stanford to name a few, and has also graced the TEDx stage.
I first got to know Khafre while patrolling the south SF shoreline for pollution on the Baykeeper boat. As he told stories of his childhood growing up in Hunter's Point, we bonded over a mutual passion for the environmental harms facing the community. Khafre has since found opportunities for our non-profit organizations to partner, and I've experienced firsthand how he brings energy, talent, authenticity, and creativity to every project. Once he develops a vision for how he can help his community, he's determined to achieve it -- with good humor and a smile. And I've been inspired by him as an organizational leader, too, watching him jump fundraising, marketing, and management hurdles with skill and ease. If you're lucky enough to have the opportunity, I highly recommend working with him.
Khafre's Hip Hop For Change was the very first company I saught to collaborate with when I first arrived in the Bay Area. His name kept coming up and so I reached out. For the very first day that we connected, he made me feel welcome and very comfortable to work with. I have never in my life met someone this resilient and devoted to his community. His level of integrity is something that I always look up to and his professionalism speaks for itself.
I have collaborated with Hip Hop For Change on many projects and am always looking forward to the next one.
I strongly recommend working with Khafre, because with him, what you see is precisely what you get.
Khafre Jay is a father, artist, activist, entrepreneur, and the founder and Executive Director of Hip Hop for Change. I met Khafre nine years ago and have watched him grow and bloom. It is very important that Black-led organizations who truly understand the challenges and opportunities of their community gain access to resources to serve their community. I highly recommend donors and foundations support Hip Hop for Change. Hip Hop for Change is helping communities to heal and practice self-determination. Hip Hop for Change is consistently and responsibly waging a cultural battle against white supremacy, placing street canvassers in white neighborhoods, hosting a radio show every Sunday, constantly elevating and amplifying marginalized voices, and teaching young people to be proud of themselves and respect each other across all lines of difference. Young people love participating in Hip Hop for Change arts education programs where they develop positive voices and identities. I have attended many fantastic community events organized by Hip Hop for Change highlighting women artists and environmental justice. I am a monthly donor to HipHop for Change and I listen to their radio show every Sunday. Highly recommended.