The welcome to Black Male, Re-Imagined II opens with a performance by spoken word artist Jasiri X. Shawn Dove, Campaign Manager, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Open Society Foundations, provides the opening remarks.
Orlando Bagwell is Director of the JustFilms media content fund at the Ford Foundation and is responsible for the Foundation’s global program in this field.
In 2004, Orlando Bagwell joined the Ford Foundation as the new Media Production Program Officer in the Media, Arts and Culture unit. Orlando has a distinguished career of over 25 years as an independent filmmaker and producer. His long list of achievements includes 4 Emmy Awards and numerous Emmy nominations, 3 George Peabody Awards, and the 1994 New York Film Festival Grand Prize, among many others. He was one of the lead producers/directors of Blackside, Inc., and its award-winning series, "Eyes on the Prize,” and was Executive Vice President in charge of production for this pre-eminent film company from 1991-94. Since 1989 he has been President/Filmmaker of Roja Productions, Inc.
As Executive Producer/Filmmaker at WGBH Educational Foundation during 1995-2000, he supervised all aspects of the multi-part historical documentary series "Africans in America" for PBS national Broadcast and the attendant national educational and community outreach programs; he has produced and represented a number of documentary television series and single programs for national PBS distribution. Orlando has also curated visual exhibits for the national Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in film and a Masters degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University.
Shawn Dove joined the Open Society Institute in May 2008 as manager of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement. He has more than two decades of leadership experience in youth development, education, and community building.
Emcee and community activist Jasiri X is the creative force and artist behind the ground breaking internet news series, This Week with Jasiri X, which has garnered critical acclaim, thousands of subscribers, and millions of internet views. From the controversial viral video What if the Tea Party was Black?, to the hard hitting truth of A Song for Trayvon, Jasiri X cleverly uses Hip-Hop to provide social commentary on a variety of issues. His videos have been featured on websites as diverse as Allhiphop.com and The Huffington Post and Jasiri has been a guest on BET Rap City, The Michael Baisden Show, Free Speech TV, Left of Black, and Russia Today.
Jasiri X first burst on the National and International Hip-Hop scene with the powerful hit song Free The Jena 6 which was played on more than 100 radio stations and was named Hip-hop Political Song of the Year. His debut album, American History X, was named Album of the Year at the Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Awards. A six time Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Award winner, Jasiri recently became the first Hip-Hop artist to received the coveted August Wilson Center for African American Culture Fellowship. A founding member of the anti-violence group One Hood, Jasiri started the New Media Academy to teach young African-American boys how to analyze and create media for themselves.
Jasiri has performed from New York City to Berlin, Germany and various cities in between, including recently in front of 30,000 at the Our Communities Our Jobs Rally in Los Angeles. He has toured colleges and universities across the country presenting his innovative workshop, How to Succeed in Hip-Hop Without Selling Your Soul, and is working on a book of the same name. He also blogs for Jack and Jill Politics, Daveyd.com, and The Black Youth Project. Jasiri X signed a record deal with Wandering Worx Entertainment and is currently working on his album, Ascension with acclaimed producer Rel!g!on.