Award-winning Emcee, Author, and Producer
Award-winning emcee, author, and producer Khnum Ibomu, also known as 'Stic' from hip hop duo dead prez, has inspired millions with his music and healthy lifestyle. At the age of 21, Stic was diagnosed with gout and decided to seek healing methods to transform his life which led him to get sober, change to plant based diet and focus on fitness. After three decades of study and practice he is now well recognized as a wellness expert for his holistic approach that champions, mental, physical, and spiritual wellness. His inspirational healthy lifestyle brand and cultural movement called RBG FIT CLUB includes workout gear, music and books. He pioneered his own ground-breaking genre of music called “Fit Hop” ---a subgenre of upbeat Hip Hop music that promotes movement and fitness. Stic's 2023 NAACP Image Award winning book The 5 Principles: A Revolutionary Path to Health, Inner Wealth and Knowledge of Self has been praised for its integrative approach to wellness centered on the principles of knowledge, nutrition, exercise, rest and consistency. In addition, his signature Diadora sneaker, Equipe Atomo, which was released with a fit hop single called "Lace Up". Stic teaches as an adjunct professor at the Clive Davis Institute at New York University. He is a highly sought after creative, partner, and executive content producer by leading wellness, fitness and lifestyle brands. He directed and produced the short music film A Beautiful Run in association with lululemon, and contributed to the Hip Hop is Green organization's inaugural founding of health and wellness as the officially ratified 10th Element of Hip Hop. He has won multiple awards including the Betty Shabazz Social Justice Award, The Black Men's Holistic Health Award and the Humane League's Humane Hero award. Stic has toured with Dead Prez for over 20 years and continues to collaborate with top music industry names. The rapper, author, entrepreneur, instructor, runner, and father of two sons, is based in Atlanta.
Overview: Throughout history and long before the rise of modern technology, hip-hop has been a powerful platform for artists to raise awareness of the social and political injustices that plague the Black community. From Grandmaster Flash to Furious Five to Kendrick Lamar, hip-hop artists have spotlighted the systemic web of American racism, violence against Black people, social, economic, and political inequality, and the need for Black civic participation through their art. This workshop will discuss how young people can use their voices, platforms, and artistry to enact real change on campus, in the community, and in the world.