Words Beats & Life

Advancing the global impact of Hip-Hop Artists, Activists, Scholars, & Students

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Karey Eyo
Summer 2014 Intern
Karey Eyo is a resident of Washington, DC and is currently a senior at West Virginia University. He is currently studying Print Journalism and is minoring in History.  Karey looks forward to keeping all options open and pursuing a career in music or journalism. Karey’s job experiences have so far been interning at the Association of American Medical Colleges, The Environmental Protection Agency, The Office of Cable Television and now at Words Beats and Life. He hopes to further develop WBL’s ”The Academy” program and to also enhance opportunities in the arts for DC youth.

Karey Eyo

Summer 2014 Intern

Karey Eyo is a resident of Washington, DC and is currently a senior at West Virginia University. He is currently studying Print Journalism and is minoring in History.  Karey looks forward to keeping all options open and pursuing a career in music or journalism. Karey’s job experiences have so far been interning at the Association of American Medical Colleges, The Environmental Protection Agency, The Office of Cable Television and now at Words Beats and Life. He hopes to further develop WBL’s ”The Academy” program and to also enhance opportunities in the arts for DC youth.

Nevin Hall
Summer 2014 Intern
Nevin Hall is a native and resident of Baltimore, Maryland. A rising Junior at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, he is a Political Science major and a Democracy Studies minor and hopes to someday work within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Nevin spends his free time spending time with family, hanging with friends and exploring different genres of music. As a Words Beats & Life intern, Nevin hopes to assist in reaching out to new donors and maintaining relationships with current donors as a member of Words Beats & Life’s Development team.

Nevin Hall

Summer 2014 Intern

Nevin Hall is a native and resident of Baltimore, Maryland. A rising Junior at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, he is a Political Science major and a Democracy Studies minor and hopes to someday work within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Nevin spends his free time spending time with family, hanging with friends and exploring different genres of music. As a Words Beats & Life intern, Nevin hopes to assist in reaching out to new donors and maintaining relationships with current donors as a member of Words Beats & Life’s Development team.

Lauren Truitt
Summer 2014 Intern
Lauren Truitt graduated from Duquesne University and after that, completed programs at Omega Studios.  Born and raised in Columbia Maryland, she finds herself still there.  She has worked at the Library of Congress: NLS as a quality assurance specialist and a production controller and and is currently a sound technician at St. John Baptist church.  Music wise, she enjoys all kinds of music and leans toward more instrumental pieces. She enjoys learning new things and is really excited to be part of the team and learning the ins and outs of production.

Lauren Truitt

Summer 2014 Intern

Lauren Truitt graduated from Duquesne University and after that, completed programs at Omega Studios.  Born and raised in Columbia Maryland, she finds herself still there.  She has worked at the Library of Congress: NLS as a quality assurance specialist and a production controller and and is currently a sound technician at St. John Baptist church.  Music wise, she enjoys all kinds of music and leans toward more instrumental pieces. She enjoys learning new things and is really excited to be part of the team and learning the ins and outs of production.

Marcus Moody
Summer 2014 Intern
Marcus Moody is a rising senior at the University of Maryland College Park. Though a Sociology major with a focus on social stratification, his passion for music and inspiration from years in his high school’s orchestra led to his creation of the Hip-Hop Orchestra at UMD which he continues to direct and compose for. He is also a member of the Snkr Cartel, the Maryland Student for the Arts Advisory Council and an alumni of CIVICUS, a two-year living and learning program focused on developing the student’s individual’s sense of citizenship, community building and service. His last internship was at The Fillmore Silver Spring where he was enveloped in the day to day operations of a young music venue and blessed by the experience and introduction to new music. His favorite artists are Common, Manchester Orchestra, Kanye West, Circa Survive, Big K.R.I.T., Hans Zimmer and Yo-Yo Ma.

Marcus Moody

Summer 2014 Intern

Marcus Moody is a rising senior at the University of Maryland College Park. Though a Sociology major with a focus on social stratification, his passion for music and inspiration from years in his high school’s orchestra led to his creation of the Hip-Hop Orchestra at UMD which he continues to direct and compose for. He is also a member of the Snkr Cartel, the Maryland Student for the Arts Advisory Council and an alumni of CIVICUS, a two-year living and learning program focused on developing the student’s individual’s sense of citizenship, community building and service. His last internship was at The Fillmore Silver Spring where he was enveloped in the day to day operations of a young music venue and blessed by the experience and introduction to new music. His favorite artists are Common, Manchester Orchestra, Kanye West, Circa Survive, Big K.R.I.T., Hans Zimmer and Yo-Yo Ma.

Zach Stone
Summer 2014 Intern
is a journal intern at Words Beats & Life Inc.  Born and raised in Bethesda, MD Zach is currently studying Political Science at Colorado College, a university located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.  Zach has had a passion for hip-hop since early high school, where he and his friends founded an improvisational hip-hop club that continues to thrive at his former school located in NW DC.  Today, he has brought his freestyle club to his university and is also one of two MCs in a hip-hop band on campus that combines written material with improvisation in its performances on campus.  Zach is also interested in the ability of non-profit organizations to impact and enrich local communities.  He spent a summer interning at the National Coalition for the Homeless, working with a program that gave homeless individuals a platform to speak and share their experiences with different groups from across the country.  Ultimately, Zach looks forward to being a part of the academic inquiry of hip-hop music and culture at the Words Beats & Life journal and hopes to gain experience with the process of publishing peer-reviewed content.  Some of his favorite artists include: Homeboy Sandman, Oddisee, The Roots, Madlib, and Erykah Badu.

Zach Stone

Summer 2014 Intern

is a journal intern at Words Beats & Life Inc.  Born and raised in Bethesda, MD Zach is currently studying Political Science at Colorado College, a university located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.  Zach has had a passion for hip-hop since early high school, where he and his friends founded an improvisational hip-hop club that continues to thrive at his former school located in NW DC.  Today, he has brought his freestyle club to his university and is also one of two MCs in a hip-hop band on campus that combines written material with improvisation in its performances on campus.  Zach is also interested in the ability of non-profit organizations to impact and enrich local communities.  He spent a summer interning at the National Coalition for the Homeless, working with a program that gave homeless individuals a platform to speak and share their experiences with different groups from across the country.  Ultimately, Zach looks forward to being a part of the academic inquiry of hip-hop music and culture at the Words Beats & Life journal and hopes to gain experience with the process of publishing peer-reviewed content.  Some of his favorite artists include: Homeboy Sandman, Oddisee, The Roots, Madlib, and Erykah Badu.

Julia Lyon
Summer 2014 Intern
Julia Lyon is currently attending James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She is working on getting her masters in elementary education, while also getting a minor in dance. Julia was born and raised in the suburbs of DC in Fairfax, Va. She spends her summers working in Chantilly, VA at a daycare center. Working with all ages of kids from infants through school aged children, being an assistant teacher. Since attending JMU she has gotten very involved in the dancing community. Has been and still is a part of the break dance club, Visual Distortions Dance Crew. Loves all the different styles of hip-hop dancing bboying, housing, popping, waacking, and locking. She has also been trained in ballet for about 3 to 4 years and loves finding new dance styles to learn about. Julia is very excited to work with and learn a lot this summer with Words, Beats & Life.

Julia Lyon

Summer 2014 Intern

Julia Lyon is currently attending James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She is working on getting her masters in elementary education, while also getting a minor in dance. Julia was born and raised in the suburbs of DC in Fairfax, Va. She spends her summers working in Chantilly, VA at a daycare center. Working with all ages of kids from infants through school aged children, being an assistant teacher. Since attending JMU she has gotten very involved in the dancing community. Has been and still is a part of the break dance club, Visual Distortions Dance Crew. Loves all the different styles of hip-hop dancing bboying, housing, popping, waacking, and locking. She has also been trained in ballet for about 3 to 4 years and loves finding new dance styles to learn about. Julia is very excited to work with and learn a lot this summer with Words, Beats & Life.

Fullamusu Bangura
Summer 2014 Intern
Fullamusu Bangura is a Development/Marketing Intern and Words, Beats & Life. She currently attends Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ but is excited to work in her native Washington DC. She is a rising senior majoring in English and Political Science with a minor in Social Justice. During her time at Rutgers, she has served as University Relations Chair of Student Volunteer Council and Co-Editor of a women’s magazine she founded on campus called Speak Out: Exploring Womanhood. Through her two-year certificate program on Women’s Leadership, she has the opportunity to plan a Young Women in Activism Workshop in order to encourage ninth-grade girls to foster a passion for community organizing and activism in the urban areas of New Jersey. Fullamusu is a member of Verbal Mayhem Poetry Collective and enjoys reading and listening to slam poetry. Her favorite artists (although impossible to narrow down to a reasonable list) include Erykah Badu, Beyonce, Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, and Ghostface Killah. 

Fullamusu Bangura

Summer 2014 Intern

Fullamusu Bangura is a Development/Marketing Intern and Words, Beats & Life. She currently attends Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ but is excited to work in her native Washington DC. She is a rising senior majoring in English and Political Science with a minor in Social Justice. During her time at Rutgers, she has served as University Relations Chair of Student Volunteer Council and Co-Editor of a women’s magazine she founded on campus called Speak Out: Exploring Womanhood. Through her two-year certificate program on Women’s Leadership, she has the opportunity to plan a Young Women in Activism Workshop in order to encourage ninth-grade girls to foster a passion for community organizing and activism in the urban areas of New Jersey. Fullamusu is a member of Verbal Mayhem Poetry Collective and enjoys reading and listening to slam poetry. Her favorite artists (although impossible to narrow down to a reasonable list) include Erykah Badu, Beyonce, Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, and Ghostface Killah. 

Tori Kurtz
Summer 2014 Intern
Tori Kurtz is a recent graduate of The George Washington University where she received a BA in Anthropology and Women’s Studies. She was born and raised in New York, a vibrant city that inspired her to create from a young age. While Tori has received minimal professional training, she has been painting, sculpting, and photographing since she can remember. She has been integrating this passion for art into community service for years, painting with the children at Tyler Elementary (a public school in SE, DC) and leading art therapy sessions at Rachael’s Women’s Center, a day facility for homeless women in NW DC. Tori’s passion for community murals grew when she moved to Cape Town, South Africa in 2012. There she worked for “Write On Africa,” an NGO that commissions professional artists to create murals in an attempt to beautify and uplift the communities in which they are located. She is excited to work for Words, Beats & Life Inc this summer, utilizing her knowledge of public art initiatives while continuing to learn more.   

Tori Kurtz

Summer 2014 Intern

Tori Kurtz is a recent graduate of The George Washington University where she received a BA in Anthropology and Women’s Studies. She was born and raised in New York, a vibrant city that inspired her to create from a young age. While Tori has received minimal professional training, she has been painting, sculpting, and photographing since she can remember. She has been integrating this passion for art into community service for years, painting with the children at Tyler Elementary (a public school in SE, DC) and leading art therapy sessions at Rachael’s Women’s Center, a day facility for homeless women in NW DC. Tori’s passion for community murals grew when she moved to Cape Town, South Africa in 2012. There she worked for “Write On Africa,” an NGO that commissions professional artists to create murals in an attempt to beautify and uplift the communities in which they are located. She is excited to work for Words, Beats & Life Inc this summer, utilizing her knowledge of public art initiatives while continuing to learn more.   

Malecia Bynum
Summer 2014 Intern

Malecia is a graduate (2010) of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University who majored in Computer Aided Drafting Design. During her time at A&T, she worked as a Box Office Associate at the Greensboro Coliseum in which she was introduced to the entertainment industry. With the opportunity to work many different events she gained interest in continuing more in this field. Also a poet and songwriter who writes in many different genres, Malecia has over 100 works copyrighted. When Malecia isn’t working one of her many part time jobs (3) she’s volunteering or creating music. Wanting to make a (good) difference in people’s lives she uses her experiences as well as others to tell stories in her lyrics. As far as hip hop is concerned, she enjoys both the old and new school hip hop and is interested in making a contribution to the growth and development of hip hop in today’s society. 

Malecia Bynum

Summer 2014 Intern

Malecia is a graduate (2010) of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University who majored in Computer Aided Drafting Design. During her time at A&T, she worked as a Box Office Associate at the Greensboro Coliseum in which she was introduced to the entertainment industry. With the opportunity to work many different events she gained interest in continuing more in this field. Also a poet and songwriter who writes in many different genres, Malecia has over 100 works copyrighted. When Malecia isn’t working one of her many part time jobs (3) she’s volunteering or creating music. Wanting to make a (good) difference in people’s lives she uses her experiences as well as others to tell stories in her lyrics. As far as hip hop is concerned, she enjoys both the old and new school hip hop and is interested in making a contribution to the growth and development of hip hop in today’s society. 
Sam Rubin
Summer 2014 Intern
Sam Rubin just completed his freshman year at The University of Maryland College Park where he is studying Public Relations. Sam grew up in Columbia Maryland, but has since moved completely to College Park. In high school Sam was heavily involved in his local youth group and high school poetry club. Last year Sam interned at The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, where he learned about the ins and outs of running a nonprofit. Currently, Sam is a member of two hip-hop clubs, the Undergrounduates, Maryland’s premier rap and cypher club, and The Maryland Hip-Hop collective, the newest and fastest growing rap club at the university. Sam is also a member of the Student Events Entertainment marketing team and a member of The Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. Sam is a rapper and poet looking to get more involved in the DC music scene. He looks forwards to building connections and learning about DC’s world of hip-hop while working with Words Beats and Life this summer. Sam enjoys an array of music from reggae to classical and everything in between. The artists that influence himself and his music the most are The Beatles, Neutral Milk Hotel, Chance the Rapper, Asher Roth, Modest Mouse, Biggie Smalls, Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, The Dirty Heads and Aer. 

Sam Rubin

Summer 2014 Intern

Sam Rubin just completed his freshman year at The University of Maryland College Park where he is studying Public Relations. Sam grew up in Columbia Maryland, but has since moved completely to College Park. In high school Sam was heavily involved in his local youth group and high school poetry club. Last year Sam interned at The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, where he learned about the ins and outs of running a nonprofit. Currently, Sam is a member of two hip-hop clubs, the Undergrounduates, Maryland’s premier rap and cypher club, and The Maryland Hip-Hop collective, the newest and fastest growing rap club at the university. Sam is also a member of the Student Events Entertainment marketing team and a member of The Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. Sam is a rapper and poet looking to get more involved in the DC music scene. He looks forwards to building connections and learning about DC’s world of hip-hop while working with Words Beats and Life this summer. Sam enjoys an array of music from reggae to classical and everything in between. The artists that influence himself and his music the most are The Beatles, Neutral Milk Hotel, Chance the Rapper, Asher Roth, Modest Mouse, Biggie Smalls, Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, The Dirty Heads and Aer.