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Spring 2009 Fellow
Detroit, MI

invincible Fresh

photo by: B-Fresh

It is truly rare to find an artist like Invincible. Their spitfire wordplay has received acclaim from fans all across the world, while their active involvement in progressive social change has taken their music beyond entertainment toward actualizing the change they wish to see. As a co-founder of EMERGENCE Media, they released their debut album ShapeShifters (2008) and produced award winning videos like The Revival (2009) about women in hip-hop, and Locusts (2008) exploring displacement and gentrification in Detroit. They have performed on stages and in clubs, community centers, campuses, pride celebrations, and festivals around the world for over a decade, both as a solo artist, and featured as part of the anti-misogyny Hip-Hop collective ANOMOLIES. They teamed up with longtime producer Waajeed in 2010 to release a limited edition 7" single "Detroit Summer/Emergence." Invincible is a fellow of Kresge Arts in Detroit, and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for Women and Gender in the Arts and Media.

In addition to their work as a performing artist, for the last decade Invincible has worked with Detroit Summer, a multi-racial, inter-generational collective in Detroit that is transforming communities through youth facilitative leadership, creativity and collective action. They were also the co-coordinator and co-founder of the Detroit Future Youth network to support social justice and media-based youth projects throughout the city.

Invincible is currently working with long time collaborators Waajeed, Wesley Taylor, and Carlos Garcia on a new collective, Complex Movements, to develop Beware of the Dandelions, an interactive multimedia installation based hip-hop collective exploring the relationship between complex science and social justice movements.

Through their Fellowship, Invincible will explore whether and to what extent complex sciences can be applied to make social movements stronger and more effective, and investigate the possibilities that could emerge if complex sciences were applied to community organizing and cultural movements. Through Hip-Hop, media, and popular education, they will create resources that will make these ideas accessible to a wider range of people who can build upon and innovate these ideas through their everyday practice.

For additional information visit: www.emergencemedia.com