2019-2020 Sacred Cypher Creatives
Amir “Tubad” Gray
Music: Performance, Arts Education | New Orleans, LA
Music: Performance | Chicago, IL
Music: Performance, Services | Chicago, IL
Frank Waln is an award-winning Lakota Hip Hop artist, producer & audio engineer from the Rosebud Rez in South Dakota. A recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, he attended Columbia College Chicago where he received a BA in Audio Arts and Acoustics. His awards include three Native American Music Awards, the 3Arts Grant for Chicago Artists and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development Native American 40 Under 40. He has been featured in The Fader, Vibe, NPR, Paper Magazine, ESPN, and MTV’s Rebel Music. Frank Waln travels the world sharing his story through music and presentations focusing on self-healing and expression of truth.
Music: Arts Education, Performance | Pittsburgh, PA
Jasiri X is the first independent hip-hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, which he received from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016. This recognition grew out of the spiritual/political urgency he shared on songs like “Trayvon” and “Strange Fruit”, which documented the unjust police killings of Blacks in the Millennial Generation.
He is the founder of the Pittsburgh based organization, 1Hood Media, which teaches youth of color how to analyze and create media for themselves. Jasiri is a recipient of the Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship, USA Cummings Fellowship in Music, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellowship.
K-Love the Poet
Poetry: Performance, Public Speaking | Chicago, IL
K-Love the Poet is an international Spoken Word Artist/Motivational Speaker. She’s shared stages with arts & activist legends as Angela Davis, Ameena Mathews, Ava Muhammad, Jessie Jackson, Common, just to name a few. A recipient of several awards for her community work and humanitarianism, she also has titles to her credit of actress, author, and mentor. In 2009 she co-founded LYRIC Mentoring (Let Your Rhymes Inspire Creativity), a grassroots endeavor that has become one of the most impactful youth movements in Chicago.