JLove Calderón is a pro-liberation, anti-racist, hip-hop feminist who has spent over two decades working on issues of social justice, race, and gender. The activist, social entrepreneur, and lecturer has also authored or co-edited five books: That White Girl (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster); We Got Issues! (with Rha Goddess); Conscious Women Rock the Page! Using Hip-Hop Fiction to Incite Social Change (with Marcella Runell Hall, E-Fierce, and Black Artemis); Love, Race, and Liberation: ‘Til the White Day is Done (with Marcella Runell Hall); and Occupying Privilege: Conversations on Love, Race, & Liberation. Conscious Women was nominated for a NAACP Image Award; Love, Race, and Liberation was a finalist in the social change category of the National Indie Excellence Awards; and That White Girl has been optioned for film. Calderón has also contributed to Who’s Your Mama? The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers, edited by Yvonne Bynoe. Her articles on hip-hop culture, white privilege, and social justice have appeared in The New York Times, Self Magazine, The Source Magazine, among other outlets. Additionally, she’s been profiled or featured on Fox TV New York, GritTV with Laura Flanders, WBAI Radio and throughout the blogosphere.
Meet Asia One, a fiercely passionate master street dance practitioner, Hip-Hop trailblazer, and cultural icon. Asia belongs to the Golden Era of Hip-Hop, which is all about peace, love, unity, and having fun. The official dance of the culture, Bboying is all about style, dynamic air moves defying gravity all while combining strength, agility, balance, and extreme coordination. To Asia, Bboying is the perfect marriage of dance and extreme athletics. Her philosophy is empowering young people and breaking down barriers to build a better world. Never complacent, life’s beauty to her is about what lies beneath the surface.