Hip Hop Artist and Educator

Mystic is a Grammy-nominated (2002) hip hop artist from Oakland with a career spanning over 20 years who is known for using her platform to advocate for social justice. She has had the honor of developing and rising as an emcee beside such beloved Bay Area artists as Hieroglyphics, Goapele, and The Conscious Daughters. Mystic is also a member of Digital Underground and known as the DU Goddess. Her debut critically acclaimed debut album, Cuts for Luck and Scars for Freedom, was released in 2001. Her second album, Beautiful Resistance, was released in 2014. She is currently preparing for the 20th-anniversary celebration of her debut album in July, and for the release of a new album in the fall. 

Mystic is also a community educator, an advocate for and with children youth, and an activist and organizer with #SchoolsNotPrisons. Mystic has an MSc in Comparative and International Education and has experience researching culturally relevant arts education, advocating for policy and legislation, creating curricula, and facilitating arts with children, youth, and incarcerated adults. She is currently the Program Manager for Hip Hop Caucus’ Think 100% FILMS division, which produces films that center on climate justice. Additionally, she part of the advisory committee for Diversify The Stage.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

Oppressive Heat: Climate Change and Civil Rights

Oct 31 2017 - 6:30pm

Communities of color often live closest to factories and refineries that spew toxic pollution. That’s one reason why polls show more African Americans and Latinos say climate is a serious concern than whites.

Ingrid Brostrom, Assistant Director, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment
Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, Pastor Emeritus, Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Atlanta, GA
Mystic, Musician, Bay Area Coordinator, Hip Hop Caucus

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, CA on October 31, 2017.

Shepard Fairey, Mystic and the Power of Art

Jun 7 2021 - 4:00pm

Shepard Fairey is best known for creating the iconic Barack Obama “Hope” portrait during the 2008 presidential election. Fairey’s work is now included in the collections of the Smithsonian, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Modern Museum of Art in New York and many others. Fairey says as a young man, he was drawn to counterculture. 

“Punk rock and skateboarding showed me a culture that was about ignoring what the mainstream was doing, using creativity to build your own scene and it made it cool to have an honest and unvarnished voice,” he says.