Hip Hop ambassador

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The first official US Hip Hop Ambassador, Toni’s work “changed the course of US cultural diplomacy”. She has served in several U.S. Department of State cultural diplomacy programs in the ACULSPEC program, as a Hip Hop Envoy, with the Bureau of Information & Education and others. Her tours:  Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rhythm Road; Juror for American Music Abroad and ExchangesConnect; Touring Artist for the NextLevel Program on Team Senegal (UNC Music Dept); She has spoken at the UN, the World Social Forum in Barcelona, the ASPEN Creativity Summit in Oman, and other global events! Toni currently serves as the Alumni Outreach Director for Next Level Diplomacy project.

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music education

Toni Blackman is one of the world’s foremost hip-hop educators. A pioneer in this lane, her influence permeates the field.

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