As a Native New Yorker born and bred during the golden era of Hip-Hop, it only made sense that Hip-Hop music and the movement would be invested in Raven. She has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 15 years, starting first as a professional dancer and actress; touring both Europe and Asia with her performances. Raven was a member of a New York City based dance troupe from childhood to college, and after college became a member of The Subterranean Theater Ensemble; whose urban oriented plays frequented the annual Hip-Hop Theater Festival. Just last year she had a small part in the short film "Yitzy," which won honorable mention at the Los Angeles Film Festival, was an official selection in the Phoenix Film Festival in 2010, and won Best Latino short film in New York City’s Down Town Film Festival in the Spring of 2011.
Raven’s radio experience began in terrestrial radio when she interned at WQHT Hot 97 in New York City while in high school. She then continued on to work for such radio stations as WPLJ 95.5 FM also in New York City, as well as WJPZ 89.1 in Syracuse, New York. She is currently the host of “Hip-Hop Queenz” on Chuck D’s AndYouDontStop Radio which airs on WBAI 99.5 FM in NYC every Friday night btwn 8-10pm; it also streams on www.RAPStation.com. In addition to hosting her own terrestrial radio segments, Raven hosts two online Hip-Hop radio shows; “Da Listening Session” on www.DLSlive.com, and “The Introduction” on www.introhiphop.com
“Da Listening Session” airs every other Tuesday, while “The Introduction” airs every other month.
Not only does Raven host radio shows, but she is also a video content producer and special correspondent. Raven created BodegaTV back in 2008, and served as the content producer and correspondent for www.brooklynbodega.com, and the annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival for several consecutive years. In 2009, Raven also served as the content producer and correspondent for the National Museum of Hip-Hop. Raven is now the host of “Intro Hip-Hop,” a video series that includes exclusive behind-the scene coverage of Hip-Hop events and concerts, as well as exclusive interviews with some of Hip-Hops’ leading artists. “Intro Hip-Hop” can be seen on www.XXLMag.com and Russell Simmon’s www.GlobalGrind.com; two of entertainments most prominent websites. Raven serves as the main video content contributor and correspondent for both sites.
Raven has had the pleasure of interviewing such Hip-Hop's greats including; DJ Premier, Pete Rock and CL Smooth, De La Soul, Canibus, Lil Kim, Raekwon, and Ali Shaheed Muhammed of a Tribe Called Quest to name a few. It is Raven’s apparent knowledge, connection and genuine love for music, entertainment, and the arts, that truly makes her interactions with those she interviews and her audience so unique. When asked the reason why she thinks she is so positively received by other celebrities and her audience; Raven always replies, “Real recognizes real.”
Raven is an advocate of the positive forward progression of Hip-Hop and the culture. Her goal is to continue to create a platform to promote and expose artists that contribute to Hip-Hop culture positively. Raven’s peers have dubbed her the Renaissance Woman, because she effortlessly takes on project and project with the determination to present both the intellectual and artistic achievement in Hip-Hop culture and the arts.
Born and raised in Bronx, New York, DJ Blakghost had two turntables and a mixer in his blood. At a young age, he witnessed his father djing at various parties. While his father moved the crowd, he came to terms that he wanted to be a dj just like his father. At age 6, he got his first fisher price record player for christmas, and his first album was Bad by Michael Jackson. From that time on, he went to record shops with his father and bought REAL VINYLS. He got his set of belt driven turntables at the age of 9. That is when his journey of being a dj began.
Blakghost learned to blend records the way his father did. Thing is, his father was not a scratch dj. But after hearing dj's like Red Alert, Jam Master Jay, Grandmaster Flash, Jazzy Jeff, and Funkmaster Flex, he wanted to take it to that level. Also, he was making tapes everyday coming home after school. To him, that was his practice peak and hobby. From 1990 to 1996, tapes were made, parties were played, but the real test came when his father officially put his talents to work. Blakghost graduated junior high school at the age of 14. His father was under the weather that night. So after graduation, he went home, got his equipment, and went to one of the clubs in Yonkers to dj. Every Friday and Saturday, Blakghost saw himself djing from club to club. In 1998, he was djing 2 shifts (3pm to 9pm and 9pm to 4am).
From 1999 to 2001, he had a regular gig at A.J.'s Palace in Bronx, NY. Djing brought him to work with underground artists, and composing beats. When one of his close friends introduced him to Reason 3.0, that changed his game forever. He now wanted make music just like producers Timbaland, Dj Premier, Dr. Dre, Jazzy Pha, and others.
At present, Dj Blakghost is working on projects to put out for years to come. As for shows, you can catch him on Da Listening Session with his homegirl, Raven Da Blazin Eurasian & Mad Producer SB on www.bxrecords.com every two weeks (various days) starting @ 7pm. 2nd show, check out his turntable program, Da Blak Tech Show, every Tuesday from 7-9p on www.myhiphoplife.com. Last but not least, he just started his own radio show on Powa Radio, called Tha Movement. You can catch him doing his thing on there every Thursday from 7-9p on www.powaradio.com.