JAM NO PEANUT
Born and raised in Southeast Washington, DC, Mims received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2008 to compile a multimedia ethnography--a combination of photos essays and film, on expressions of hip hop subculture in the city of Beijing. Currently residing in New York, Mims exhibits this body of work, The Misadventures of MC Tingbudong in galleries and universities and continue to profile global street culture through photography, film and illustration.
In the classroom, he has worked as a Fresh Prep teaching artist, which uses the engaging power of hip hop music and culturally responsive pedagogy to help previously-failing students master the content on the New York State Regents exams. With a passion for language and ELL learning environments, he also works as a mandarin teacher and gives workshops to Chinese teachers on using hip hop pedagogy in classroom. His work with Fresh Prep has been featured in the New York Times and on the CBS Early Show.
As an activist and organizer with the Revolution Club and Stop Mass Incarceration Network, Mims has worked tirelessly to end the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy. He was arrested in October 2011 for engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience by blocking the entrance to an NYPD precinct building, and again arrested in November in Queens for nonviolently blocking the entrance to another police precinct office. Mims and his co-defendents, who include Cornel West and Carl Dix have carried the charges to trial, in what have been among the largest political trials in recent history.