Ang13 (Angela Zone) is a legendary Hip-Hop artist and owner of Verseen Publishing based in Chicago. She has been a stage performer for more than 10 years, while also doing voice-over work for major products such as Bisquick (get with the Biz), Coca-Cola (always Coco-Cola), and BET.com (Woman Zone). She is one of the founding members of the Chicago Props awards, an organization that recognizes the city's best in the culture of Hip-Hop. Her work is part of the Museum of Science and Industry's Hip-Hop Floating Exhibit, currently in its seventh year. Ang13 participates in hip-hop culture panels across the U.S. at universities, colleges, and museums. Her work has been published in several magazines, books, and periodicals. She is the Founder and President of the Wonda Women Project.
TeQuilla S. Cooper, also known a Unmuvabo within Chicago’s Hip Hop community, has volunteered and contributed to social causes for almost a decade involving gender equality, youth activism, teen parenting, and most recently leadership awareness and community development within disenfranchised communities of color. Her professional career in Media Sales & Service alongside her passion for art and community activism served as the catalyst for creating BRIJ Fund, NFP in 2012. The goal of BRIJ is to highlight and connect individuals, businesses, and organizations making great strides within disadvantaged neighborhoods with community members interested in getting involved. BRIJ Fund, NFP launched it’s first initiative, The SD2R Project under the Professional Rabble Rouser movement in the spring of 2012 (http://theprofessionalrabblerouser.wordpress.com/sd2rhotspots/). Under the leadership of Cooper the group was able to secure partnerships with existing organizations in Englewood, South Shore, Humboldt Park, Austin, and North Lawndale, all communities classified as Chicago’s most dangerous. With the support of 5 organizations, 40 artist, 10 administrative and managing volunteers, and countless donors, the group was able to offer after-hour youth art programs for 6-weeks during the most dangerous days and hours of the summer. The project was culminated with a completed project or presentation from each site. Cooper chose art as the theme for the SD2R Project because she knows well the healing powers of creating. She often says that creativity is the root of all things possible and had it not been for poetry and hip hop she would have struggled tremendously as a young mother. In 2008 she was awarded a fellowship from the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, Columbia College Chicago for her work with Chicago legendary Ang 13 on the Wonda Woman Project, in which she not only performed but organized and managed. The 2 released a compilation album titled When Mama Gets Home and co-produced Enough is Enough, the mini-documentary highlighting the 3 month touring project which explored sexism that exist within the Hip Hop culture and it’s impact on young women and men.
She was named by RedEye (December 2010) as one of few female emcees to watch for in the coming years along with FM Supreme and Rita J; and has been featured on shows such as PBS Art Beat and in the Chicago Hip Hop Documentary I Am Hip Hop by Passim Productions. Although writing is still near and dear to her heart, she has found a creative outlet through designing, organizing, and managing effective community projects. She continues to make strides in the direction of becoming one of the leading forces behind the new found social entrepreneurship movement.
The Wonda Women Project was a Chicago-based network of female hip-hop emcees working to empower women and promote a socially conscious message through hip-hop music. With the Institute Fellowship, the group traveled around the country as part of their "Zero Tolerance Tour" interviewing a wide range of hip-hop artists for a documentary film Enough is Enough. The Institute’s Fellowship provided key support for this tour and the development of the film. It also enabled the group to further develop a vibrant network of progressive and political activists, while creating a cinematic conversation addressing gender issues in hip-hop. In October 2007, the Institute organized the premiere screening of the film-in-progress, followed by a discussion with Ang13, Unmuvabo Vendetta, and Invincible, a Detroit hip-hop artist and activist who also appears in the film. The panel was moderated by Natalie Moore (Institute Fall 2009 Fellow).