// Origin: Lightweight from Earth...
// Genres: HipHop . Soul . Experimental
// Years Active: 2005- Present
// Label: Independent/Unsigned
// Website: Cocopeila.com
Coco Peila is a Rap god.dess, Innovator, and Hip Hop Artist deeply engaged in activism, education, and liberation. She has worked with young people in the Bay Area for over 15 years facilitating creative writing workshops (Poetry, Songwriting, & Rap), and developing curriculum and programs. While most recently serving as the Director of Hip Hop & Climate Justice at Youth Vs. Apocalypse (YVA), a youth-driven Climate Justice Oakland-based organization, she developed a cutting edge “Hip Hop & Climate Justice” department, organizing framework, and accompanying programming. In 2020 she branched out of The Bay to work with Variety Magazine & The African American Film Critics Association to develop & launch The Micheaux Project curriculum for African American students at LA’s renowned L.A.C.E.S. academy. This Winter Coco had the honor of training professionals from Billboard and Rolling Stone, along with a new cohort from Variety and The AAFCA to facilitate the second iteration of the project at L.A.C.E.S. Her innovative Hip Hop & Climate Justice work with YVA has been highlighted at The Kennedy Center, in The New Yorker, as well at Stanford and Yale. She was selected by WEA (Women’s Earth Alliance) to join their U.S. Women Environmental Leaders Accelerator program in the Fall of 21’. As a part of the program’s culmination this December, she’ll be sharing a new international Hip Hop & Climate Justice initiative which begins in 2022.
Lenworth McLean Jr.