NAME: Gabriel “Asheru” Benn
TITLE: Hip-Hop Artist/ Founder
ORGANIZATION: Guerilla Arts Ink
WHAT MAKES THIS PERSON A GAME CHANGER: In 2005, Hip-Hop artist Gabriel “Asheru” Benn founded Guerilla Arts Ink, an organization created to improve the quality of life of youth through innovative arts and music education programs. He is also the co-founder of Educational Lyrics, LLC, an independent publishing company that creates culturally relevant cross-curricular teaching materials, including the Hip-Hop Educational Literacy Program, which is a series of supplemental reading workbooks designed to HELP students of all reading levels through the innovative usage of Hip Hop lyrics for critical analysis, multicultural relevance, and effective literacy instruction. Additionally, Benn is the theme song songwriter/ performer for the comic strip turned Cartoon Network Adult Swim show titled “The Boondocks.” He is also well known for being the first rapper to be awarded the Peabody Award for Journalism. Prior to winning that award, Benn was a teacher in the District of Columbia, where he specialized in curriculum development and arts-based instruction. In 2004, he earned his Master’s degree in Education from National-Louis University.