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Jamel Mims

Urban Arts Partnership
Fresh Prep Program Manager, Rapper & Multimedia Artist
New York, NY

Jamel Mims is a multimedia artist, hip hop pedagogue, and activist on the front lines in the battle against the mass incarceration.


Mims was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for his multimedia ethnography, The Misadventures of MC Tingbudong—a collection of photos, film and videos about hip hop in Beijing.  Now in New York, when not teaching Mandarin, or building resistance to Stop & Frisk on the streets, you can find Jamel in the classroom, rapping history lessons as a Fresh Prep MC, or master of curriculum.  Mims is a veteran MC who has been with Fresh Prep for three years—using hip hop pedagogy to develop teachers and staff on using hip hop pedagogy to increase student engagement in the classroom.