Kashema Hutchinson, Ph.D. is a Professor in Urban Education at the CUNY. She has a B.A. in Communications: Advertising/Public Relations and an M.A. in Social Research. She is Co-Director of the Undergraduate Leadership Program at Futures Initiative at the CUNY Graduate Center. For the over three years, Kashema has facilitated discussion groups with incarcerated male and female participants in the New York City Department of Corrections facilities as well as alternative schools. Her research interests include, but are not limited to the school-to-prison pipeline, socialization of Black girls and women, zero-tolerance policies, mattering and marginalization, mindfulness and Hip-Hop pedagogy. Kashema synthesizes rap culture with everyday life, such as turning Yo Gotti’s “Rake It Up” into a how-to guide for writing. She also creates and uses Hip-Hop infographics as tools to facilitate discussion topics such as the role of women and history, philosophy, behavioral economics, crime and class and knowledge of self.