JLove Calderon: activist • social entrepreneur • producer
JLove Calderón is a pro-liberation, anti-racist, hip-hop feminist who has spent over two decades working on issues of social justice, race, and gender. The activist, social entrepreneur, and lecturer has also authored or co-edited five books: That White Girl (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster); We Got Issues! (with Rha Goddess); Conscious Women Rock the Page! Using Hip-Hop Fiction to Incite Social Change (with Marcella Runell Hall, E-Fierce, and Black Artemis); Love, Race, and Liberation: ‘Til the White Day is Done (with Marcella Runell Hall); and Occupying Privilege: Conversations on Love, Race, & Liberation. Conscious Women was nominated for a NAACP Image Award; Love, Race, and Liberation was a finalist in the social change category of the National Indie Excellence Awards; and That White Girl has been optioned for film. Calderón has also contributed to Who’s Your Mama? The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers, edited by Yvonne Bynoe. Her articles on hip-hop culture, white privilege, and social justice have appeared in The New York Times, Self Magazine, The Source Magazine, among other outlets. Additionally, she’s been profiled or featured on Fox TV New York, GritTV with Laura Flanders, WBAI Radio and throughout the blogosphere.
Because of her work in the field, JLove has received the Union Square Award for her activism and Self Magazine’s Self-Starter of the Year Award. She speaks regularly at conferences such as NCORE (National Conference on Race and Ethnicity), the White Privilege Conference, and LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability), among others. On the collegiate circuit, she has lectured across the country at countless campuses, including Harvard, UCLA, Columbia, and New York University. She has also shared the stage or worked with KRS-One, Sway, Xzibit, DJ Kuttin’ Kandi, Rosa Clemente, Kevin Powell, Cornel West, and many others.
Calderón graduated cum laude from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Africana Studies and received her Master’s Degree in Education from Long Island University in New York. Currently, she lives in New York with her husband Hector Calderon and their two sons.