Manny Faces is an award-winning new media journalist and digital strategist with more than 15 years' experience in news publishing and online journalism. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Birthplace Magazine, an online publication that focused on hip hop music and culture in the New York metropolitan area, and The NY Hip Hop Report, a popular, weekly, live video show/podcast. In late 2015, he founded The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness and understanding of hip-hop’s important artistic and cultural contributions. In 2017, he was recruited to produce a groundbreaking podcast series, News Beat, which focuses on social justice and civil liberties issues, blending hard-hitting, investigative journalism with music and original hip-hop verses. Manny is also an accomplished DJ and remixer and event host, and is an outspoken media critic and die-hard advocate for hip hop music and culture. He has lectured, conducted workshops and participated in panel discussions at many conferences and festivals throughout the country and the world.