Episode 25- Bad Character is not Mental Illness #Trump. February 13th, 2017. NamingIt Podcast





Social worker helps at-risk youth with hip-hop therapy. September 17, 2015. CNN


Hip Hop Therapy / Beats Rhymes and Life. September 18th, 2015.


Kendrick Lamar is Leading the Way for Kids that Suffer from Mental Illness: By tackling emotional trauma head-on, rappers encourage kids to do the same. August 31, 2015.


A New Home for the Hip-Hop Academy – The new Beats Rhymes and Life headquarters marks an important milestone for the local hip-hop therapy organization. July 22, 2015. East Bay Express.


“Learning To See ‘At-Risk’ Youth As ‘At-Promise’ Youth Requires Turning This Assumption On Its Head”. February 24, 2014. Forbes.

Hip Hop therapy moves into its second generation, as survivors become mentors. December 17, 2014. Oakland North.


“Hip Hop as Therapy”. October 11, 2013. KQED Forum.

“The Work of Beats, Rhymes and Life”. January 30, 2014. Coool Flame.

“Truly CA: A Lovely Day”. October 22, 2013. KQED.

2013. Nashville Film Festival Radio.


“Tomas Alvarez teaches kids to beat life’s troubles with rhymes”. October 8, 2012. NBCLatino.

“A Lovely Day: A new documentary highlights Hip-Hop therapy in local high schools”. October 11, 2012. Oakland North.


“Documentary Focuses on Hip-Hop Therapy”. March 3, 2010. East Bay Express.

“Film Documents Oakland Hip-Hop Therapy Program”. February 25, 2010. East Bay Express.


“Beats, Rhymes & Life celebrates its fifth anniversary and CD release”. July 4, 2009.


“Hip Hop Music as Therapy”. August 18, 2008. New America Media.