Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Rene John-Sandy -- Embracing the Exponential Power at the Intersection of Sports and Hip Hop - A New Lens for Social Change, Community Development and Youth Empowerment?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room

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Embracing the Exponential Power at the Intersection of Sports and Hip Hop - A New Lens for Social Change, Community Development and Youth Empowerment?

Rene John-Sandy is the President and Co-Founder of the Hip-Hop Loves Foundation (HHLF), an international NGO that co-produces workshops, seminars and events that create a space for dialogue and exploration centered on the themes of success, youth empowerment and social justice through Hip-Hop within a global context. For HHLF, Hip-Hop is the cultural intersection of many vibrant forms of expression, including dance, sports, visual arts, and technology. HHLF is unlimited in terms of how it can impact underserved communities globally in its outreach. HHLF works with grassroots organizations, universities, state and federal governments as well as companies that recognize the value in empowering youth.

Rene is currently the CEO of RJSII Enterprises which is a company that does consulting, brand management, marketing and management for businesses and individuals. He is also a co-partner for a multicultural, wine and networking organization called “Supernodes”. Blogging has become another facet in his life. The blogs he created and/or maintains are “ “The World According To Harlemite”, “Supernodes”, “80’s Addict”, and “Complete QB””. He is also the co-founder of two non-for profit organizations. One is called Hip Hop Loves Foundation and the other is Share and Share Alike. 

Presented by Watson Institute for International Studies and Swearer Center for Public Service

Location: McKinney Conference Room,  Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street