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Rasheed Shabazz


Coordinator, Oakland Voices Program, Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

Rasheed Shabazz is a multimedia storyteller, urban planning historian, and youth development professional based in the Bay Area.

In 2015, Rasheed co-founded Habari Ummah, an Oakland-based Black Muslim-led collective focused on news, events, and culture. He previously hosted The Black Hour radio show. Rasheed received the inaugural Google Associated Press Journalism Technology Fellowship and was later a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley teaching journalism and the history of the Black Press in the African American Studies Department.

Rasheed is currently the coordinator of for the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education’s Oakland Voices program, which trains East Oakland residents as community correspondents. Rasheed studied African American Studies and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently working on transforming his undergraduate honors thesis into a book about Black history in his hometown of Alameda, California, with a focus on housing. In fall 2019, he will return to UC Berkeley for pursue his Masters in City and Regional Planning.

Rasheed is a yoga teacher, triathlete, world traveler, and lives with his two cats Safiya and Geronimo.