Friends and clients of April R. Silver of AKILA WORKSONGS (including in this video segment, Toni Blackman) reflect on life, #artsandactivism, and their relationship to the social entrepreneur, activist, and writer/editor.

ABOUT TONI: Toni Blackman is a a world renowned hip hop artist (MC) best known for her masterful ability to freestyle (improvise). She is also a published poet ("InnerCourse"), gifted orator, and lecturer. She is also one of the pioneers of the hip hop eduction movement.

April and Toni first met at Howard University where they were both students in the late 1980's. Their sacred friendship, artistic collaborations, and business dealings have been going strong for well over 20 years.

Learn more about Toni at She's also on social media: and

This 2013 "Elevating: AKILA WORKSONGS at 20" series is an extension of the original "Elevating Artist" web series of 2012. Both series are directed by award-winning filmmaker Stacey Muhammad. Learn more at

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