Jeff Chang’s first book Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, was named one of the best nonfiction books of the last quarter century. A revised Young Adult edition of the book—co-written with legendary hip-hop journalist Dave “Davey D” Cook—was published in 2021.
He leads the Butterfly Lab for Immigrant Narrative Strategy and serves as a Senior Advisor at Race Forward. A national leader in narrative and cultural strategy, cultural organizing, and advocacy for cultural justice, Jeff co-founded CultureStr/ke (now the Center for Cultural Power), ColorLines, and the May 19th Project. Recently he helped to write the Cultural New Deal alongside a number of artists and culture bearers.
His other books include Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop, Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post Civil Rights America), and We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes On Race and Resegregation. In May 2019, he and director Bao Nguyen created a four-episode digital series adaptation of the latter for PBS Indie Lens Storycast.
Jeff is featured in the PBS documentary series, Asian Americans, Bao Nguyen’s movie, “Be Water”, and Lisa Ling’s show, “This Is Life.” He was named by The Utne Reader as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” and by KQED as an Asian Pacific American Local Hero. He has been a USA Ford Fellow in Literature, a winner of the Asian American Literary Award, and was named to the Frederick Douglass 200.