who is +

+ (pronounced “plus sign,” formerly emanuel vinson) is a rapper. The educator, artist, and political scientist born & raised on the Southside of Chicago elected itself President of the World in October 2016. It has released nineteen full-length albums of music, along with five mixtapes and twelve EPs. The work spans from lo-fi pop to “summertime car bangers” (~Chicago Reader) and acapella folk tales.

The 25 year-old joined the literacy nonprofit Young Chicago Authors as a teen, starting out in their annual Louder Than A Bomb youth poetry slam festival. Since LTAB + maintains a frequent live presence around Chicago as well as a prolific writing career- notably as an arts journalist. Its most recent excursion in poetry is  what is eternity? (2015), co-authored with fellow YCA alum Adam Gottlieb. It recently co-created & facilitated YCA’s Queeriosity program, a salon for queer and questioning youth, with h. melt, Jamila Woods, and Fatimah Asghar.

Plus also does community organizing work as a farmer & Chair of the Board at the community garden nonprofit The Cooperation Operation and in the transformative justice-based project Feminist Action Support Network.

Photo by Monica Wizgird

Photo by Monica Wizgird

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