Christine Joy Ferrer

Blood of His Heart

Hip-hop artist Nomi's social conscience flows with the Filipino American community.

ALL YOU HEAR is the rhythm and rhyme. Twenty or so young folks sit huddled in small circles free-styling before the Active Leadership to Advance the Youth hip-hop workshop begins. A solid beat drops through the mini speakers. They bob their heads in the lower level of the Filipino Community Center in San Francisco, mesmerized by the verses of Nomi.