Amina Norman-Hawkins is an internationally recognized voice of grassroots hip-hop activism. She is a writer, performing artist, filmmaker, and hip-hop practitioner who has spent the past 20 years involved in the preservation of Chicago’s hip-hop culture and community. She is co-founder of the Chicago hip-hop Initiative & Chicago Hip-Hop Heritage Month, as well as the ‘B-Girl Power’ movement, an international all-inclusive celebration of women in hip-hop.
In 2010 Amina became a United States Cultural Envoy spending two weeks leading a team of three hip-hop artists from Chicago on tour through seven regions of the West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire. The following year, Amina produced the documentary ‘Keep It Moving - Chicago to Cote d’Ivoire’ which premiered to much acclaim in the 2011 Chicago International Movies & Music Festival.
Amina currently lectures, conducts workshops, writes, and performs around the country with her group Urbanized Music. She is also a part-time faculty member at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches courses in the history of Hip-Hop and African-American Music. In this role, she brings her expertise into the classroom where she aims to inspire, empower, and help her students unlock their full creative potential.