On this episode of the world’s most important Hip Hop podcast, how one nonprofit is using words and beats to make life better for youth and adults in Washington D.C. and beyond. My talk with Mazi Mutafa, founding executive director of Words, Beats & Life.
Words Beats & Life is a Washington D.C-based Hip Hop non-profit that was founded in 2002. Their own words describe perfectly what they’re about
“Our goal is to invest in Washington, DC’s creative eco system to employ our extensive list of artists and creators to be living examples of what our city’s creative youth can accomplish with the right tools and the best role models. We achieve this goal through our many workshops, after school programs, concerts and festivals. We are Unapologetic advocates for the transformative power of hip-hop culture in all its forms.”
Definitely my kind of organization. And nothing lasts 20+ years in Hip Hop if it’s not dope. As skeptical as I can sometimes be towards the nonprofit industrial complex and Hip Hop nonprofits on top of that, WBL is indeed a well-respected, well-run organization that served as a personal inspiration to me in my own work. And WBL’s founding executive director, Mazi Mutafa, is quite simply the epitome of the kind of guest that Hip Hop Can Save America was made for.
So, this conversation was long overdue, but had to be done now, because we sit on the cusp of one of the organization’s flagship events, the 2023 Words Beats and Life Festival, happening April 4th through the 9th.
Mazi and I chopped it about the organization, its roots and evolutions, his own path to the Hip Hop philanthropic world, and what the public can expect from this year’s festival including what will undoubtedly be powerful performances, plus an important conference, Remixing the Art of Social Change.
For info on the fest, visit www.wblinc.org/wblfest
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