Current Management Team

In February 1991 a hip-hop conference was held at Howard University. This conference was the first national Hip-Hop conference to be held at a college or university. This event became an annual conference that ran until 1996. It would ultimately launch six additional national hip-hop conferences. The world hasn't been the same since.

In February 2021, The Cultural Initiative (CI) + PowerMove celebrated 30 years of hip-hop at Howard University.

Alberta Coker

ALBERTA COKER

Then:

  • Registration Coordinator, 1991
  • The Cultural Initiative, Inc., 1992-1996 - VP of Marketing

Now:

  • Event Planner
  • On The Job Training Consultant
April R. Silver

APRIL R. SILVER

Then:

  • Black Nia F.O.R.C.E., Member + Former Exec. Minister
  • Howard University Student Association (HUSA), President
  • The Cultural Initiative, Inc., Co-Founder and President
  • Personal Asst. to Doug E. Fresh

Now:

Ceeon Quiett-Smith, PhD

CEEON QUIETT-SMITH, PHD

Then:

  • Howard University Student Association (HUSA), PR Director
  • BET, Senior Publicist
  • Masters Student in Journalism at UMCP
  • The Cultural Initiative, Inc., VP of Public Relations

Now:

  • Grambling State University, Chair of Communications Department
  • Cleo Fields Endowed Professorship in Mass Communication
Leshell Hatley, PhD

LESHELL HATLEY, PHD

Then:

  • Registration Coordinator: 1992
  • Conference Coordinator: 1993
  • The Cultural Initiative, Inc., VP of Internal Affairs
  • Howard University, College of Engineering
  • Computer Systems Engineering Major

Now:

  • Uplift, Inc., Founding Executive Director
  • emagine! technologies, llc, Founder & Lead Engineer
  • AAUW, Director of STEM Programs
Timothy D. Jones

TIMOTHY D. JONES

Then:

  • Howard University Student Association (HUSA), Entrepreneurship Director
  • The Cultural Initiative, Inc., VP of Finance
  • The Cultural Initiative, Inc., President
  • Howard University, School of Business
  • Accounting Major

Now:

  • #HipHopEd, Chief Visionary Officer
  • Techniques4Learning, LLC, Owner/Operator
  • Prayers Proverbs and Parables, Minister/Content Creator

CI Ambassadors

Derek Dudley

Derek Dudley

Then:

  • Registration Coordinator, 1991
  • Howard University, School of Business

Now:

DJ Paul Howard

Paul Howard

Then:

  • Aspiring DJ
  • Howard University, School of Business
  • Accounting Major

Now:

  • Educator
  • Mathematics Teacher
  • Reknowned DJ