On August 25, 2021, PLUS ONE society and CEO + Executive Producer Kristen Renee Ingram will be honored with the 2021 Trailblazer Award presented by Hip Hop Week, hosted by PDX Hip Hop Week Co-Founder and Portland Trail Blazers’ DJ, O.G. ONE in recognition of our exemplary social impact work and innovative approach to leveraging hip hop to advocate for policy reform.
In 2017, Kristen led the historic production of IMAGINE JUSTICE with Common and J. Cole on the steps of the CA state Capitol in Sacramento. As a result, four criminal justice reform bills were passed that year and signed into law – including an end to the cash bail system.
In 2018, she returned to IMAGINE JUSTICE and led the production of the HOPE & REDEMPTION PRISON TOUR: a series of live concerts in various correctional facilities featuring Common and a special guest appearance by Talib Kweli. The three-day Tour throughout California’s Central Valley restored hope in over 5,000 incarcerated men and women and inspired countless youth in the surrounding communities most affected by mass incarceration.
In 2019, she partnered with Good Films Impact to oversee production on all sports and music programs and events for REPRESENT JUSTICE – a social impact campaign that launched alongside Warner Bros.’ theatrical release of JUST MERCY, starring Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson and Jamie Foxx – inspired by the true story of Equal Justice Initiative founder and Executive Director, Bryan Stevenson.
Currently, Kristen is serving as an Executive Producer with Grammy Award-Winning Producer, Greg Wells (The Greatest Showman) and Academy Award-Winning Artist, Common along with four formerly incarcerated artists (Bobby Gonz, Maserati E, Richie Reseda and David Jassey) to create a one-of-a-kind album that elevates the voices of incarcerated artists.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the city that raised me — our work is our protest and we fully intend to finish this race!” — Kristen Renee Ingram