Simone Jacobson: Hip Hop As A Tool For Cultural Diplomacy

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Simone Jacobson is a Washington, DC-based writer, performer and curator of artistic talent, projects and programs. She is founding co-director of Sulu DC, a monthly showcase of Asian and Pacific Islander American performing artists. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature from the University of Maryland. Her writing has appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly and on multiple blogs including IHM9to5, The Lantern Review and The Couch Sessions. Her project and arts management spans from nurturing independent artists to advising major institutions. A Burmese-American gypsy who recently earned her Master of Arts in Arts Management at American University, she is also the managing editor for Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture and the curator-in-residence at Busboys and Poets. Her Master’s thesis, “America’s Cultural Illiteracy: Is Hip-Hop the Best Tutor?” addressed U.S. and global hip-hop history and culture, cultural diplomacy and the overlap of the two: hip-hop diplomacy. In 2010, she led a group of eight international hip-hop dancers on a four-city U.S. tour (sponsored by the U.S. Department of State) and choreographed and directed their final performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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2 Comments

  1. Shay Burns says:

    Hip Hop RULES, globally! love this kind of work.

  2. Melissa Vaughn says:

    Wow. That must have been something to behold. And to think, that little art form that started in the South Bronx is a global movement that unites so many people .

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