Board of Directors
Jabari “Naledge” Evans, MSW - Founder and Executive Director
The MCing half of progressive rap duo Kidz in the Hall, Naledge was born Jabari Evans in Cincinnati, OH, but grew up on Chicago's South Side since he was two years old. Raised by two Ph.D.-educated parents, the high-school valedictorian academically had an easy time in school and found his niche in poetry and writing. However, it was cousin Memo, one-third of Chicago production outfit the Molemen, who convinced him to transform his writing prowess into hip-hop rhymes. He first met his DJ/producer partner, Double O, in 2000 on a recruiting visit to the University of Pennsylvania, and the two became good friends and musical collaborators.
While still attending Penn, Naledge acquired a solo deal with Rawkus Records, but ended up bringing the Kidz in the Hall brand under Rawkus management as well, once he and Double O finally decided to start the group. The two wound up severing ties with Rawkus and signed on with Duck Down Music Inc. in 2007. Kidz in the Hall's fourth studio album, Occasion, was released November of 2011. Naledge has recently created his organization, The Brainiac Project, with hope of helping young local artists to have a creative outlet to have their work heard and hone their craft.
A recent University of Southern California Master's of Social Work graduate, Naledge is also a 2013 recipient of a DCASE grant from the City of Chicago, a 2013 Chicago Music Summit Advisory Board member, and a 2012-13 member of the Chicago Grammy chapter Governor’s board. Aside from music, Naledge frequently speaks as a guest lecturer at high schools, colleges and universities in the Chicagoland area and he is committed to doing community service within around the South Side area where he was raised.
Dr. Robert Evans Ph.D - Chairman and President
Dr. Helen Evans Ph.D - Secretary
Lenell Davis - Music Director/Studio Manager
Mario Gage - Treasurer
Jeff Waters, CPA - Accountant
Briahna Gatlin & Justyn Holliday - Public Relations and Creative Consultant
Porschia Davis - Administrative Consultant