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January 21, 2022

Friday | 6pm - 8pm | 1 Session

Instructor: Mic Crenshaw, Erin Yanke

Join activist/musician Mic Crenshaw and documentarian Erin Yanke as they go into detail about the making of the podcast It Did Happen Here which chronicles the events leading up to the birth of the anti-fascist movement in Portland Oregon. Using this particular podcast as an example, Mic and Erin will examine the process of putting together audio to create a mental visual story for the listener. Participants are encouraged to listen to the podcast prior to the workshop which can be found here.

This is a FREE discussion, but please register so a link can be sent to you day of.


Mic Crenshaw – Mic Crenshaw was born and raised in Chicago and Minneapolis and currently resides in Portland Oregon. Crenshaw is an independent Hip Hop artist, respected emcee, poet, educator and activist. Crenshaw is the Lead U.S. Organizer for the African HipHop Caravan and uses Cultural Activism as a means to develop international solidarity related to Human Rights and Justice through Hip Hop and Popular Education. In his teenage years, Crenshaw actively confronted white supremacist gangs that were a growing part of the hard-core music scene. Mic eventually moved to Portland, where he quickly became one of the most respected artists in the Northwest, and his community efforts have had both local and international impact. In addition to his highly-acclaimed work in spoken work and Hip Hop, Mic co-founded GlobalFam, a non-profit (EducationWithOut Borders 501c3) project to create and maintain a computer center for disadvantaged youth in Burundi, Central Africa. Over 400 people have received free training, and it is now expanding, generating revenue and creating jobs. Mic also partnered with Education WithOut Borders (EWOB), which supports education, music and art initiatives in Portland and beyond and serves as an umbrella for the local Books For Prisoners chapter and GlobalFam itself.  Mic Crenshaw has toured and collaborated with Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, Rakim and other Hip Hop legends. Mic was voted 2016 Portland Oregon’s best Hip Hop Artist. Since 2012 Mic has toured in Cuba, Russia, Germany, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya and other countries where he facilitates Hip Hop Cultural Exchange opportunities for youth. Crenshaw is currently a Teaching Artist in Residence at multiple schools and a co-producer of the It Did Happen Here Podcast and the Rose City Rising City Wide Youth Hip Hop Compilation.

Erin Yanke – Erin Yanke is a documentarian. She works in the mediums of audio, print, and video. Her work focuses on themes of the unheard story, how place can shape a life, comparative experience across identities, and the importance of the clean and sharp edit. Her many projects include 20+ years of radio production, audio zines, self published magazines, audio books, quite a few demo tapes, and a few pieces of vinyl. Her recent work includes “It Did Happen Here”  podcast, “Dead Moon: Off the Grid” book, and A People’s History of Music podcast. She is currently working on a podcast about Covid’s effect on Portland music scenes.




The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.