Toni Blackman is a world-renowned writer, actress, rapper, and activist. As the first hip-hop artist chosen by the US State Department to serve as an American cultural specialist, she has toured and taught extensively in Africa and Southeast Asia. Blackman has performed with Mos Def, The Roots, Wu Tang Clan, and Erykah Badu, and has been featured as one of Essence magazine’s “30 Women to Watch.” As the founder of the Freestyle Union Cipher workshop, she is considered a leader in the realm of hip-hop education and activism. Blackman releases her book Wisdom of the Cypher and her music project, The Meditational Mixtape Series later this year. Drumming since the age of 5 Lawrence Qualls learned in the church from his uncle Reggie Qualls (Ray Charles, Michael Bolton). He’s played for P-Diddy, Judah Tribe & many others. Pianist Aaron Mczorn is a seasoned, versatile, young player and music producer whose talent also rooted in the church. These three represent the New Black Arts Movement blending genres, technology and roots that go deep within Black musical traditions. Toni Blackman & the Brainfood Project!