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HIP HOP GIVES BACK
As a social entrepreneur and Co-founder/Creator of Hip Hop Gives Back, Konata utilizes the positive aspects and immense possibilities of the Hip Hop culture to inspire, teach and empower the people represented and affected by the Hip Hop community. Konata’s knowledge of the music, culture, entrepreneurial opportunities, and philanthropic endeavors allow for the use of his work experience in Business, Networking, Community Outreach and Mentoring to improve the quality of life of those influenced by the culture and business of Hip Hop. He was also selected as one of 100 of 2017 Atlanta’s Made Men in the fields of Entertainment & Community.
Born in Brooklyn, NY Konata J. Nicholson spent many of his formative years between the boroughs of New York City and New Jersey. Moving to Orlando, FL as a teenager and then to Atlanta, GA to attend college influenced him socially and musically and helped to broaden his music base.
Recognizing his desire to do more for others and for the culture that influenced that has inspired and provided a means to achieve many of his goals, Konata Co-founded Hip Hop Gives Back -- www.HipHopGivesBack.com, a society and cultural website and company that highlights the positive aspects and deeds by members of the Hip Hop community in 2008. Respectfully tagged as "the Home of Hip Hop's Humanitarians", Hip Hop Gives Back shines a much needed light on the charitable organizations, programs, monetary and inspirational support the Hip Hop community gives on a regular basis. Even though Konata along with Hip Hop Gives Back had been giving back via resources, mentorship, and time, in 2013, Hip Hop Gives Back officially launched their own non-profit organization Hip Hop Gives Back Foundation. Divinely assigned with carrying out programs and initiatives under the F.A.M.E. pillars of Fundraising, Awareness, Mentoring Education, Hip Hop Gives Back continues to be the vessel that Hip Hop and the culture utilizes to inspire, motivate, and innovate the members of the Hip Hop community of all ages.
Since its inception Hip Hop Gives Back has created or taken part in events that have given back to the community in the true fashion that is the culture of Hip Hop. From taking part community cleanups, to the creation and on-going HHGB program “Minorities in The Media” where panel discussions with industry professionals take place Atlanta area high schools that provide awareness, education and strategies involving minorities portrayal in the media, recognizing the influence the students have with driving the conversation for change and skills on going forward to achieve their personal and scholastic goals.
Hip Hop Gives Back Foundation focus has expanded to include providing mental health awareness and support for teens and men through our weekly Art of Depression private video call for men. As well as youth seminars aimed at leading the conversation to deal with mental health awareness, issues and situations in high schools across Atlanta in conjunction with 1911 Foundation. We are working to not simply provide answers to these issues but continue to work to create solutions that will benefit individuals, families and our community.
Konata has been a featured presenter, panelist and social influencer for several events and organizations including The Black Man Can, Curators of Hip Hop, Philanthropy Reframed, Hip Hop University, Hip Hop Townhall, Black Celebrity Giving and A3C. He has also created, curated and administered philanthropic events from community clean-ups, various feed the homeless events, this past March's nationwide Hip Hop for Flint water filter drive and annual youth summer camps in the Atlanta area.
Speaking Appearances at Colleges & Universities: Florida State University, Morehouse College, Johnson C. Smith University, Spelman University, Georgia Perimeter College, Art Institute of Atlanta
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