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Chuck D

The Hard Rhymer still brings the noise as a force for social change.

Chuck D is the leader and co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, the author of two critically acclaimed books, and a political activist, publisher, radio host, and producer. Chuck D has been featured on and/or interviewed in over fifty documentaries on music, technology, politics, and race; he has appeared in numerous public service announcements for national peace and the Partnership for a Drug Free America. He has also been a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League, Americans for the Arts Council, and the National Alliance for African-American Athletes.

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The Hard Rhymer still brings the noise as a force for social change.

For the past five years, he has hosted On the Real/Off the Record for Air America, on which some of the most important musical and political figures of our time have been interviewed. Chuck D continues to make music and to write prolifically on technology, politics, rap and soul music, and race in the US. His recent book, This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History, was released in 2017. There are few artists who possess such sophisticated understandings of the music business, entertainment industry, and racial politics in America, and few speakers who can command an audience like Chuck D.

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It was such an inspiring interview and his insight was so helpful to the students, educators, and music industry professionals in attendance.

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It was absolutely awesome. Chuck has always been one of my heroes and he delivered per usual. The students are still talking about the panel today, with him and Trayvon Martin's mom. They complimented each other well.

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Chuck did his homework. He had specifics about Cincinnati ready to go, all day long. He delivered. The audience was hooked on his every word, and would have stayed even longer had we let them. He was funny, poignant, dynamic, electric, engaging—I’m not sure I have enough adjectives. Watching Chuck act like he had all the time in the world with every single person who stopped to talk, or wanted a photo, or a book personalized was a lesson in grace and generosity.

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