Martha Diaz

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Martha Diaz is a community organizer, educator, media producer, archivist, and social entrepreneur. Diaz has been dedicated to innovating communities, advancing social justice, cultivating leaders and artists, and mentoring youth for over 15 years. Her intuition for success can be traced back to her days as an aspiring production assistant for the late Ted Demme, the seminal TV and film producer/director behind Yo! MTV Raps (1988), Life (1999), Blow (2001), and A Decade Under the Influence (2003). Diaz’s production experience working with groundbreaking directors, producers and artists helped her develop her aptitude of coming up with fresh ideas, developing talent and producing socially conscious and educational content with Hip-Hop and R&B artists. This would land her the role of casting/talent director, creative producer, associate producer, and documentary consultant on commercials, music videos, magazine/edutainment shows, documentaries, and multimedia web projects. Diaz has worked with MTV, The Hakuhodo Agency, African Heritage Network, Americans for the Arts, Classic Concept, 88HipHop, Source-All-Access, Black Filmmaker Foundation, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, SONY and PBS. Diaz produced and directed, H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey], a short documentary on the evolution and global impact of the multiple elements of Hip-Hop culture. Executive produced by the RZA, founder of the Wu-Tang Clan, H2O was screened at numerous Hip-Hop events, film festivals and educational institutions, including: Hip-Hop Appreciation Week, Rock Steady Crew Anniversary, Zulu Anniversary, Dallas Vistas Film Festival, L.A. Shorts International Film Festival, and Cinefest at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2002, Diaz launched the H2O International Film Festival, and subsequently, developed the H2Ed [Hip-Hop Education] Summit as a NY Teaching Fellow, and the non-profit Hip-Hop Association [H2A].

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  1. Hip-Hop Odyssey TV