About

Dee Jay Doc is a  hip-hop artist, youth cultivator and founder of the Refresh Collective (refreshcollective.org).

Hip-hop began as a community art form. I create music to refresh the heart of the city. I architect programs to empower the community to do the same. Most of my work is created alongside my students because everything is better when we come together.  Health is not a state but a direction. Community health can be directed by each of us. My performances take us on a walk together, through the neighborhood to build bridges, breathe life, instill courage, and provoke action. This increases health. My songs are stones written to knock down the giants of racism, commercialism, complacency and fear. Each song is flung to knock down stereotypes and challenge the listener to act where they can. A song can be a bridge to grow mutual understanding between people. A song can exhale real life experience to prove we are not alone in our struggle. A song can speak deeply to the soul and become a glass of fresh water to the thirsty.  A song can be a lion’s roar to provoke change where change is needed.

Here's a talk I gave at Creative Mornings to tell some of my journey and to instill courage. I hope you enjoy.

 
 

It all started when…

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