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Bio from 2009 award via Thomas Merton CenterEdit
Jasiri X is a Pittsburgh hip hop artist who became nationally known in 2007, with the song “Free the Jena Six.” The song was named 2007 Hip Hop Political Song of the Year and quickly galvanized the community in support of the youth unlawfully incarcerated in Jena, LA. Jasiri is president of LYRICS, Inc. (Leading Young Rappers In Career Success) and a founding member of One HOOD, an organization of men working against violence in black communities.