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jackson allers
Works at Red Bull Music Academy Radio - Quarter Tone Frequency
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Lives in beirut, lebanon
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BEATS AND BREATH FEATURES THIS HUGE PROFILE WRITTEN FOR COMMUNICATE LEVANT MAGAZINE (*AFFILIATED WITH ADVERTISING AGE) - A LEBANESE MAGAZINE. THE ARTICLE IS THE FIRST EVER FEATURE ON THE REAL ENGINE THAT MAKES THE MIDDLE EAST'S TELEVISION COMMERCIAL INDUSTRY RUN – THE PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT RENTAL HOUSES OR PERCs AS I TERMED THEM.
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Taken at the Gezira Youth Center in Zamalek - a swanky central district of Cairo. Lens: Edd Abbas --- shot moments before the Voice of the Streets event was officially shut down. November 4, 2011
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Salaam brother Yasiin! Beirut will be tunin'. Blessings in the new year! Happy bornday Mohammed!
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Taken at the Gezira Youth Center in Zamalek - a swanky district in central Cairo. This was on November 4 and was shot by Edouard Abbas aka El Edd of the hip-hop crew Fareeq al Atrash. This was right about the time when the biggest hip-hop event in the Arab world to date was shut down by the Egyptian Interior Ministry.
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journalist, filmmaker, writer, community events organizer, producer, editor
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  • Red Bull Music Academy Radio - Quarter Tone Frequency
    Host - Producer, 2013 - present
  • Beats and Breath(dot)com
    Creator/Editor, 2009 - present
  • World Hip Hop Market
    Managing Editor, 2011 - 2014
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beirut, lebanon
Previously
houston, texas
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Since taking up correspondence as a full time career (1999), I have traveled extensively and worked in all mass media contexts - radio, print, on-line, and television. I've earned several awards for my radio work in the United States, have spent considerable time as a media specialist in areas of high diplomacy (Chief of Radio/UN Mission in Kosovo, International Media Advisor/Kosovo Ombudsman), and as an English editor (Menassat(dot)com), producer and media literacy trainer in (inner) cities throughout the world.

Since my move to Beirut, Lebanon in April of 2006, I have produced and reported for Al Jazeera International’s “People and Power,” Channel4, BBC, Democracy Now!, National Public Radio, Wake-Up Call [99.5 FM WBAI], World Vision Report, Uprising Radio, and have written extensively for print sources: Interpress Service, International Herald Tribune, Institute for War and Peace Reporting, LA Weekly, MENASSAT(dot)com, Nox Magazine, Ink Publishing (Jazeera Airways), UMen, The Indypendent, Electronic Intifada, The Daily Star, Urb, Balkan Investigative Network and many others.

I have been with Pacifica Radio’s Free Speech Radio News since early 2002 and have served as producer/ headlines editor and correspondent while in Texas, New York City, and the Balkans.

From 2007 to September 2009, I was English Editor of the Arab news and press freedoms website Menassat (dot) com. Menassat lost its funding from the Dutch NGO, Free Voice, in September of 2009. For more information on the closing of Menassat, check out the NOW Lebanon article by Matt Nash.

Over the last near 4 years, I have concentrated my media work in Beirut on the intersections of culture and politics. Particularly, I have been exploring the depths of the Arab hip-hop community - from Jeddah to Casablanca and beyond. Hip-hop is my passion and for nearly 20 years I've been writing about and organizing in the world of hip-hop.

Currently I am the Managing Editor for the trendsetting world hip-hop site - World Hip Hop Market where, with founder and hip-hop impresario Greg Schick, we hope to expand our base of hip-hop correspondents and continue to bring together and distribute the recordings of the best international underground hip-hop artists.   

Also, check out my two blogs - Beats and Breath which uses the metaphor of 'beats and breath' as the lens for viewing the world...and Word Criminal my blog that deals more explicitly with political and social meanderings.

Last thing: here's the trailer to my latest short documentary 'Life from the BBC'. It's about a young Palestinian hip-hop crew out of the Bourj al Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp south of Beirut who are in a search for an alternative power source to provide constant electricity to their camp studio. It's been screened at South by Southwest Music Festival (2010), the Houston Palestine Film Festival (2010), the European Union Human Rights Film Festival (2011), the HBO New York International Latino Film Festival (2011), and in early 2012 will screen with 9 films at the Norient Musikfilm Festival in Bern, Switzerland.

Education
  • Life
    present
  • Duke University, Mekhitarian Institute, Pine Crest Preparatory, Klein High School
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