Andrew J. Ryan, raised in the Bronx, New York, was the founding Executive Director of Hip-Hop Matters, a
non-prot organization whose mission is to energize, motivate, empower and support America’s youth through
responsible use of Hip-Hop culture. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Hip-Hop, an educa-
tional publication that embodies the elements of the Hip-Hop culture.Ryan’s urban upbringing sparked his passion to integrate Hip-Hop and education. His primary interests revolve
around the use of learning technologies to address educational gaps in urban education. He has taught at the
university, high school and middle school levels (math) and is currently a visiting professor in the Center forAcademic Technology at the Univeristy of the District of Columbia . Here, Ryan manages the technology offer
-ings for over 500 faculty and recently facilitated a yearlong fellowship on Blended Learning.Ryan has conducted over 75 workshops connecting the use of technology with established pedagogical practic-
es. Mr. Ryan holds a BS in Computer Science and MS in Systems Engineering and expects to complete his PhDin ‘something’ eventually. His prior professional experience includes organizations such as Chase Bank, Boeing,
IBM, Lockheed aMartin, NASA, and the FAA.
Key Organizational Movements: Hip-Hop Activism in Action
Zulu Nation -- Goals of the Universal Zulu Nation
1. To educate, develop and improve the present state of mind of adults and youth around the world.2. To spread our message of love, peace and unity amongst all races through our ways and actions.3. To preserve the culture of Hip-Hop and all art forms created from it and to use music as a medium for cul-tural exchange and understanding.4. To provide a safe haven to nurture the inherent genius of adults and youth around the world.5. To assist others in developing careers and opportunities as they express their God-given potential and talents.
Stop The Violence Movement:
Raised over $600,000 for the National Urban League. Organized to promotepeace within the Hip-Hop community. Recorded the Song “Self-Destruction”H.E.A.L. Movement: Human Education Against Lies, organized by KRS-1 was a production of a collaborative
video and album by artists designated to destroy common sense deciency syndrome (CSDS). Artists involved
includeL Kid Capri, Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Jam Master Jay, Chuck D, JonathanDemme, Ted Demme, Ziggy Marley. Proceeds went to distribute millions of free books to youth worldwide.
The Refugee Project:
A non-prot created by the (Re)Fugees to champion underprivileged youth. Founded in
1996, the project encourages positive social action among at-risk youth.
Hip-Hop for Respect:
This maxi-single, produced by Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Devin Roberson, released onMarch 14th in memory of Amadou Diallo and Tyesha Miller. Proceeds were given to the Hip-Hop for respect
Foundation, a non-prot organization that combats police brutality worldwide.
Hip-Hop Summit Action Network:
Founded in 2001, the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) is dedi-cated to harnessing the cultural relevance of Hip-Hop music to serve as a catalyst for education advocacy andother societal concerns fundamental to the well-being of at-risk youth throughout the United States.
The goal of The Hip Hop Congress is to create a viable forum for people to learn, ex-press themselves, interact with diverse ideas and cultures, and gain the tools they need to facilitate their owngoals. The Hip Hop Congress hopes to set up a global marketplace and network where like-minded individualsand communities can connect, share resources and develop ideas and strategy. While the Hip Hop Congress isfounded on an ideal, our actions are pragmatic and powerful.
The Unbound Project:
A compilation of rappers and poets trying to raise the awareness of the prison crisis inthe United States. The Unbound Project donates all of its proceeds to the Mumia Abu Jamal Defense Fund.
• Vote or Die: 2004 mobilization effort to increase the number of young voters in the presidential election.• 2002 NYC Rally against projected $1.2B cut in funding for public schools• All in the Same Gang: West Coast gang treaty organized by Hip-Hop in 1990
Hip-Hop, as with many popular cultures, is unique in thesense that to accurately document the culture, requires itsinterpreters to participate in its expressions. - KRS-ONE