Employed mostly as a freelancer, my work has been varied and adaptable, mostly due to my background as an academic and my ability to read critically, and to write and edit in areas as diverse as human rights, finance, digital and online media development, youth movements, music and art criticism, freedom of expression/press, political analysis, opinion editorials and narrative non-fiction.
My work has been published or aired in places as diverse as: The National, Rolling Stone ME, Le Monde, Democracy Now!, Al Jazeera International, Free Speech Radio News, Interpress Service (IPS), The Project Syndicate (244 publications worldwide), Menassat(dot)com, Zawya Dow Jones, and Urb Magazine.
I’ve garnered recognition for my work in radio having won two National Federation for Community Broadcasting awards for my documentary production and feature story work.
But it is my work with hip-hop culture and its musical predecessors that has dominated my personal narrative for over 20 years — from Durham, NC to Los Angeles to Houston to New York City to the Balkans and now the Arab world.
In 2009 I started the blog BeatsandBreath.com that has become one of the premiere websites focusing on the intersections of culture and politics in the Arab world, particularly by analyzing and documenting independent artistic trends.
I completed a 15-minute documentary film in 2010 about two young rappers from the Palestinian refugee camp south of Beirut – Bourj al Barajneh, which premiered at South by Southwest Music Festival (March 2010) and has since went on to screen at the Houston Palestine Film Festival (May 2010), the Human Rights Film Festival in Beirut (January 2011), the HBO New York International Latino Film Festival (August 2011) and most recently was one of 9 films accepted at the Norient Musikfilm Festival in Bern, Switzerland (January 2012).
In November of 2011, I assumed duties as Managing Editor for the prestigious global hip-hop news and culture website – World Hip Hop Market (est. 2004) and along with sister production company Nomadic Wax, I am expanding the reach of hip-hop journalism by cultivating a stable of writers and multi-media journalists in all four corners of the globe.
Lastly, I’m working on a book about the rise of Arab hip-hop in the Middle-East and the Diaspora, and continue to crate dig for records in the flea markets and antique stores around the Arab world.
World Hip Hop Market – http://worldhiphopmarket.com
Beats and Breath (blog) – http://beatsandbreath.com
Short film – Life from the BBC – http://lifefromthebbc.com
Twitter – @ajacksonjoint
Facebook – facebook.com/jacksonallers
List of publications:
Print/Web: Rolling Stone ME, The National, The International Herald Tribune, World Hip Hop Market, Interpress Service [IPS], Le Monde, The Project Syndicate (244 publications worldwide), Menassat(dot)com, Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Zawya Dow Jones, Le Courrier des Balkans, NOW Lebanon, Jordan Business Journal, Urb magazine, The Indypendent, Nox Magazine, Electronic Intifada, Jazeera Airways, UMen Magazine, BIRN (Balkan Investigative Reporting Network), Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Red Bull Online, B’Lebanon & B’Qatar country overviews
Television: Vice Mag Online, Radical Media, Al Jazeera International [People and Power], Democracy Now!, Channel4, CNN World Report, MegaTV (Greece), Swedish Public TV
Radio: News Director – KPFT 90.1 FM – Houston, TX (2002); Senior producer/reporter and community news trainer – WBAI 99.5 FM – NYC (2003-2004); Free Speech Radio News since 2002 (host, producer, Balkans correspondent, Middle East Correspondent, headlines editor/anchor). (2004-2006) Pristina, Kosovo (FSRN Balkan Correspondent; Radio Chief for the United Nation Mission in Kosovo (‘04-’05); International Media Adviser to the Kosovo Ombudsman 05’-06’), World Vision Report, Democracy Now!, National Public Radio
*2012 “Life from the BBC” is 1 of 9 films selected for the Norient Musikfilm Festival in Bern, Switzerland
*2011 “Life from the BBC” was an Official entry to the HBO International Latino Film Festival
*2010 “Life from the BBC” premiered at the South by Southwest Music Festival
*2005 National Federation of Community Broadcasting Golden Reel finalist, Best international news feature – “Violence in Kosovo Part 1” included in the March 19, 2004 FSRN newscast.
*2004 National Federation of Community Broadcasting Golden Reel finalist, Best national feature – “Associacion Tepayac: Guadalupan Torch Run”
*2003 National Federation of Community Broadcasting Golden Reel “Silver Reel” – Best national documentary – “9/11: A Remembrance”