Dr. Shango Blake The Nations Hip Hop Principal

Getting To Know Dr. Shango Blake

Nationally known as the Hip Hop Principal, Dr. Shango A.Blake-CEO of TRU SK Consultants, LLC is a much sought after speaker about issues in urban education; from pioneering unique collaborations between students, teachers, parents, and the community towards creating and sustaining a vibrant academic atmosphere, to his successful tenure as a New York City Principal, he has proven to be a true renaissance educator. As a Principal, Dr. Blake saw a profound need to institute drastic and creativechanges to improve his school’s failing health. Dr. Blake initiated a bold and daring self-created project to integrate a conceptualized Hip-Hop based educational program. This program led to the creation of:

  • A new curriculum model that included teacher development, parent involvement, and school/community collaboration.
  • His school went from one of the lowest-performing schools in the district to number one in reading and math.

Dr. Blake’s core belief and value is that the best and brightest of America’s students can be found in our inner cities. However, they often have to overcome social barriers that students in more affluent communities do not. This is why his work is grounded in supporting urban school districts leaders and school principals.

Dr. Blake's Accolades

Dr. Blake is the former chair of the Education Committee for the Universal Hip Hop Museum. He also sits on its advisory board along with Roxanne Shante and has worked closely with Kurtis Blow who is the Chair of the museum.

Dr. Blake has also done research and is an expert on Hip Hop and Education. The name of his study is: Transformational Leadership: Transmitting an Educational Reform Agenda in a Low-Performing Urban Middle School Using Innovative Strategies, such as Hip-Hop and High-Interest Curriculum!

Dr. Blake has been featured on...

  • Oprah Winfrey
  • People Magazine
  • 98.7 Kiss FM
  • The Joey Reynolds Show
  • WABC channel 7 news
  • WCBS
  • Channel 2
  • Vibe Magazine
  • The Tribeca Film Festival &
  • His work has been used as a national model by HBO

In addition, for his innovative work in urban educational reform, the Mayor of Yonkers, The City Council of Yonkers, and The Westchester County Legislators honored Mr. Blake. He also received three proclamations citing June 6, 2001 as Shango Blake Day. Dr. Shango Blake was recently honored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority with Innovative Educator Award. As Chair of the Education and Youth Committee of the Million Man March Coordinating Council of Queens, Dr. Shango Blake has been responsible for:

  • The exposure and placement of hundreds of High School Students to Historically Black College and Universities
  • Resolving violent conflict between rival gang members &
  • Organizing Youth Empowerment Days

Dr. Blake continues to impact his community positively! To stay up to date with his accomplishments, follow him on:


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