Rene John-Sandy II (Hip Hop Loves)
In 2009, Rene merged his entertainment experience, love of music and unique power to inspire youth by founding the Hip Hop Loves Foundation, a nonprofit foundation which produces educational seminars grounded in hip hop culture. Rene has spearheaded Hip Hop Loves workshops in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ottawa, Canada and Harlem, New York, has lectured on the powers of motivating youth through sports and hip hop at Brown University and has been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine.
Some of Rene’s other professional successes include launching Spitkicker, an urban lifestyle company and Omega Artist Management, a talent management firm. Through both of these companies, Rene, organized and promoted concert tours and music industry events, produced a weekly urban radio show on XM Satellite Radio and worked directly with talent including Dave Chappelle, Kanye West, Common, De La Soul and Mos Def. Rene also is the co-founder of Supernodes, a multi-cultural wine networking group which regularly organizes social events for diverse professionals in cities across the United States.
Rene received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Syracuse University.