Mrs. Erinn Ransom-Ofori
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, the home of Black Wallstreet, Erinn has always had a passion for helping black people to recognize their power, beauty and abundant wealth. At the age of 10, Erinn told her grandmother that she would one day go to Africa because the people she saw on television were, in her words: too rich and powerful to not know it!
Erinn began her journey as a scholar of African American culture and history at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). There, she studied popular culture and its influence in shaping the social and political consciousness of African American youth. After graduating from UCLA with a BA in African American Studies and English, Erinn went on to further study consciousness theory at Cornell University, culminating in her Master’s thesis entitled “Third Eyes Wide Shut: The Spectrum of Consciousness in Rap Lyrics.” From there, Erinn was admitted to the University of California, Berkeley to pursue a PhD in African & African Diaspora Studies. During her graduate program, she taught courses on her research, co-founded the Hip Hop Studies Working Group, was a talk show host on Pacifica Radio and did public speaking engagements as a Hip-Hop Scholar.