Letia Larok / Executive Director

Artist, activist and educator Letia Larok brings her passion for storytelling and healing through music onto the stage, into the classroom and into our community as TCP’s Executive Director.

Letia Larok says her love for the arts birthed at an early age and always knew music would lie at the heart of her core purpose. In both 2006 and 2007 Letia Larok took home the “New England Urban Music Award” for “Best Female Rap Artist of the Year” along with the 2006 and 2007 “Mass Industry Committee Hip Hop Award” for “Best Female Artist of the Year”. She’s been nominated for “Performer of the Year” and was nominated for The Boston Phoenix’s “Best Music Poll”, as well as a “Boston Music Award” nomination in 2007 for “Outstanding Rap/Hip Hop act of the year”. In 2010 she was titled 50 Mic’s “Top pick artist” in the 50 Mics competition. She appeared on B.E.T’s 106 & Park, UPN’s Showtime at the Apollo, has opened up for and collaborated with countless artists, toured with Dis n Dat band and featured on multiple international and local projects. 

Following her desire to use music as an outlet and tool to “speak life”, in 2012 Larok featured on a project called “What is Beautiful Never Dies”, a music therapy project that linked families who lost loved ones to violence with hip-hop artists who converted their stories into song.

In 2008 Larok was invited to perform at the Old Colony Correctional Institution in Bridgewater MA and MCI Concord. Since then she’s been a returning guest and performer at multiple prisons over the past 14 years partaking in various events led by inmates in the African Heritage Coalition program. Larok’s personal experiences with having loved ones behind the wall gave her up close insight on the continuous systematic oppression and reoccurring injustice plaguing communities which sparked her motivation to “give a voice to the voiceless”. Larok says her attendance represents those loved ones and says she’s committed to cultural healing, strengthening and rebuilding community reunification. 

Prior to joining TCP, Letia’s had an extensive history working with youth. Some of that history includes working as a tutor and teaching assistant for the B.E.L.L Foundation, a “Generation Next” mentor for the National Black College Alliance, completing 28 hours of youth development training at the B.E.S.T Initiative Training Institute, leading Hip Hop workshops for Diploma Plus “Arts week” at Charlestown High, poetry workshops for Oxfam’s Change week and serving as an artistic advisor mentoring youth at the “Hip Hop Transformation’s” summer program. 

In 2015 Larok was hired by the Transformative Culture Project as a teaching artist leading “Art of Hip Hop” classes in Boston Public Schools. In 2018 Letia’s position was promoted to TCP’s Education Director for the Creative Classrooms program allowing her to connect other artists with the opportunity to share their gifts with the next generation. In November 2021 Letia was promoted to TCP’s Executive Director continuing her dedication to change and healing through music and the arts! 

 

Aziza Robinson-Goodnight / Fundraising Chair

Creative individuals are the essence of a thriving community. It always takes the artist to see the beauty and endless possibilities of a neighborhood.”

An avid artist, educator, activist, entrepreneur and community organizer, Aziza is a woman committed to shaping, reenergizing and creating systemic, sustainable changes. She knows that communities need artists and could not survive without a creative perspective. Sitting on multiple boards and advisory committees for several of the developments, she sees firsthand how difficult and beautiful change can be.

The daughter of Paul Goodnight, famed painter and entrepreneur best known for his vibrant depictions of Black culture around the world, and employee of the family owned business Color Circle Art Publishing Inc., She was born into the arts, having grown up in the Piano Factory, a historical art-space well noted for its artist living spaces arts advocacy. A graduate of HBCU Hampton University, she has spent her time since graduation serving communities of color. Boston has been the base for her activism from serving as Chair of the upcoming Frederick Douglass Sculpture Project (2011-Present) to sitting on the executive board of the Boston Branch NAACP as the Chair of the ACT-SO Committee (2012-2016), and now as a member of the UNCF Board.

Previously she taught Arts and Ethics and was the Director of Afterschool and Enrichment at Davis Leadership Academy, Director of the Jericho Road Project, and is a managing partner of “Gallery-Z” on Dudley which is both an art Gallery and community teaching space, where young people are at the heart of all decisions.

My life long understanding of being a person of color and the power the arts to create change pushes me to continue serve and believe in a beautiful future.”