Manny Faces

The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy

Manny Faces is an award-winning journalist, podcast professional, and independent scholar based in the New York Metropolitan area. He created several acclaimed media outlets and projects including Birthplace Magazine, an online entertainment and lifestyle publication focusing on hip hop music and culture in the NYC-area, and complimentary live podcast/video show, The NY Hip Hop Report.

In 2015, he founded The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy (, a nonprofit organization utilizing journalism, original research, and media/public outreach to increase awareness and understanding of hip-hop’s important artistic and cultural contributions. Along with Dr. Joy Marie Sever, Ph.D., he authored “Reputation of Hip-Hop,” a research study which examined public perception of hip-hop music and culture.

In 2017, Manny was recruited to produce News Beat (, a groundbreaking, multiple award-winning podcast series that melds hard-hitting social justice journalism and expert interviews with music and original hip-hop lyrics crafted by independent hip-hop artists. News Beat was awarded Best Podcast at the 2018 New York Press Club Journalism Awards.

In 2018, he launched Hip-Hop Can Save America! (, an interview-style podcast series highlighting people and organizations utilizing hip-hop music and culture in innovative, inspiring, and surprising ways. HHCSA! sits on the list of recommended materials at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

He is also an accomplished DJ, producer/remixer, event host, and public speaker, advocating on behalf of hip-hop music, culture, and community. He has spoken at, moderated, and participated in panel discussions, workshops, and conferences at universities, organizations, and festivals throughout the country and the world.