Team

Rev Yearwood is the President and Founder for Hip Hop Caucus

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.

President and Founder

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. is the President & Founder of Hip Hop Caucus, a minister, community activist, U.S. Air Force veteran, and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life.  He entered the world of Hip Hop Politics as the Political and Grassroots Director for the Hip Hop Summit Action Network in 2003 and 2004, and as a key architect of P. Diddy’s “Vote Or Die!” campaign in 2004. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he established the award winning Gulf Coast Renewal Campaign where he led a coalition of national and grassroots organizations to advocate for the rights of Katrina survivors. In 2008, he led Hip Hop Caucus’ launch of Respect My Vote!a campaign and coalition that works with Hip Hop artists to engage young people in the electoral process. As a national leader and pacemaker within the Green Movement, he works to bridge the gap between communities of color and environmental advocacy. He is a leader in campaigns calling for divestment from fossil fuels causing climate change, increasing diversity in the climate movement, ensuring everyone has clean water and air, and international efforts to address climate change. In 2018, he helped launch Think 100%, Hip Hop Caucus’ award-winning climate communications and activism platform.

NATIONAL TEAM

Liz Havstad
Executive Director

Liz is Hip Hop Caucus’ Executive Director, leading the diverse team, grassroots leaders, and cultural influencers that make Hip Hop Caucus one of the nation’s most dynamic 21st century civil and human rights organizations.

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Terence Muhammad
Community Outreach Manager

Terence “TC” Muhammad has been a community activist and organizer for over two decades. His experience spans voter mobilization campaigns, issue advocacy, and coalition building in African American communities, faith communities, on college campuses, and among civil rights and progressive organizations.

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Lisa Fager
Senior Advisor to the President

A nationally known thought leader and social activist, Lisa is Senior Advisory to the President and CEO at Hip Hop Caucus. She oversees the policy agenda and advocacy campaigns.

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Messiah Ramkissoon
Advocacy Fellow

Trinidad-born, New York-based emcee MESSIAH has a message: words possess power. His own power was uncovered at the tender age of four, when he was encouraged to write and perform poetry by a second mother who once joined Bob Marley’s musicians and Olu Dara onstage.

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Brandi “Bea” Williams
National Organizer

Brandi “Bea” Williams serves as the National Organizer for the Hip Hop Caucus. She is an award-winning and Accredited public relations professional turned broker for change who uses her diverse public relations background to negotiate opportunities, equity and liberation for Black people.

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Cesar Cardenas
Coalitions and Issues Lead

Cesar Cardenas is a first-generation American. Before joining Hip Hop Caucus to lead Coalitions and Issues work, Cesar returned to political consulting, including environmental justice policy advisory for a 2021 mayoral candidate and designing a voter protection initiative in
partnership with two national Latino organizations.

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Dejuan Cross
Senior Podcast Editor

DeJuan Cross is an American record producer, audio engineer, songwriter, arranger, and DJ. He has amassed platinum and gold selling records, millions in streams, billboard #1 chart placement, and film & television credits, while working with top talent in the entertainment industry. Cross is a US Navy veteran with certifications in System Administration and Information Security. He is Producer of “The Coolest Show” podcast and #ClimateFriday radio show, both presented by Hip Hop Caucus’ Think 100%.

Destiny Hodges

Destiny Hodges is a junior School of Communications Interdisciplinary major at Howard University from Birmingham, Alabama. Her mission is to educate and uplift the stories of marginalized communities–specifically the Black community — impacted by issues of environmental justice by using media as a form of narrative organizing.

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City Coordinators

Linzy Jackson
Baltimore Coordinator
Mystic Bay
Bay Area Advisor
Natasha White
Boston Coordinator
Brandi Williams
Charlotte Coordinator
Bijou Star
Cleveland Coordinator
LaRonn Harris
Detroit Coordinator
Kumasi
Los Angeles Coordinator
Mike Hooks
Memphis Coordinator
Asa
Miami Coordinator
Sess 4-5
New Orleans Coordinator
Umar Muhammad
Raleigh-Durham Coordinator
Batman
Virginia Coordinator