The Hip-Hop Loves Foundation (HHLF) co-produces workshops, seminars and events that create a space for dialogue and exploration centered on the themes of success, youth empowerment and social justice through Hip-Hop within a global context.
We look at Hip-Hop as the cultural intersection of many vibrant forms of expression, including dance, sports, visual arts, and technology. We are unlimited in terms of how we can impact underserved communities globally in our outreach. We work with grassroots organizations, universities, state and federal governments as well as companies that recognize the value in empowering youth.
HHLoves seeks to strengthen Brazil-U.S. relations by linking artists and NGOs that facilitate programs that positively impact the favela communities in Rio. These artists have agreed to invest time and energy in helping to build a cultural bridge that will be ongoing and sustainable.
We believe that the most important aspect of our organization is creating impact both abroad as well as in the United States by using Hip-Hop, current technology and multi media tools.
We are creating a network of U.S. student organizations and University administrations to facilitate ongoing workshops and events, to continue the dialogue centered on how the Hip-Hop medium can contribute to empower underserved communities internationally in a sustainable way.
SEBASTIAN “SIBA” BARDIN
(Former Hip-Hop journalist, artist/tour manager and consultant) Born in Palo Alto, USA. Has worked with Nate Dogg, Dr.Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, various NYC DJs, Sacramento News & Review, Stress Magazine, Operation HOPE and the Global Syndicate.
Bahiyah is co-founder of Hip Hop Loves Foundation and Founder of Robinson (+) Consulting. She has worked in the international development and entrepreneurship space since 1995. In addition to holding positions at NGOs such as the Council on Foreign Relations and Ashoka, where she served as Marketing Consultant and Sr. Relationship Strategist, working with thousands of entrepreneurs globally. Bahiyah has developed events in Brazil, Uganda and Kenya and is currently the Co-Chair of the Capacity Development Working Group at the Aspen Institute Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE). She has spoken in Africa, Europe, and North America.
Rene John-Sandy II is an entertainment executive, life coach and nonprofit activist residing in Harlem, New York. As the CEO of John-Sandy Enterprises, Rene brings over twenty years of experience in talent management, entertainment marketing and brand management across the sports, music, food and beverage industries. Some of Rene’s current clients include Top Chef Master Marcus Samuelsson, Fox Business correspondent and political strategist Tara Dowdell, DJ Jon Quick, boxer and artist Vanessa Chakour and underground hip hop artist, Punchline.
In 2009, Rene merged his entertainment experience, love of music and unique power to inspire youth by founding the Hip Hop Loves Foundation, a nonprofit foundation which produces educational seminars grounded in hip hop culture. Rene has spearheaded Hip Hop Loves workshops in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ottawa, Canada and Harlem, New York, has lectured on the powers of motivating youth through sports and hip hop at Brown University and has been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine.
Some of Rene’s other professional successes include launching Spitkicker, an urban lifestyle company and Omega Artist Management, a talent management firm. Through both of these companies, Rene, organized and promoted concert tours and music industry events, produced a weekly urban radio show on XM Satellite Radio and worked directly with talent including Dave Chappelle, Kanye West, Common, De La Soul and Mos Def. Rene also is the co-founder of Supernodes, a multi-cultural wine networking group which regularly organizes social events for diverse professionals in cities across the United States.
Rene received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Syracuse University.