Molina Speaks

Performing Artist, Poet, Musician, Educator and Community Advocate

Molina Speaks is a performing artist, poet, musician, educator and community advocate. He is a first-generation college student who earned a law degree but chose a different path. Molina has lectured and performed at dozens of colleges around the country, including Columbia University, CU Boulder, UC Davis, the University of New Mexico and Washington State University. He teaches at the University of Wyoming and works with K–12 youth on themes of identity, self-empowerment, arts education, healthy risk taking and other topics.

Molina has released nearly a dozen music projects that span hip-hop, Latin, jazz, spoken word, soul and other genres. His project Build 2020 Manifesto — a 75-minute futuristic book on tape mixed to hip-hop and glitch beats — explores technology, sustainability and humanity through the lens of social justice. He has also released what appears to be the first spoken-word video chapbook, Bronze Future: Letters for 2045, which explores themes of Chicano history and future, immigrants’ rights, cyborg technology and food justice.

Molina has shared the stage with artists including Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets, Dead Prez, the Flobots, Les Nubians, Lupe Fiasco and Saul Williams. His music is featured in Papers, a documentary about undocumented youth. He is a lead instructor and partner artist at Flobots.org and is a member of Denver’s Café Cultura artist collective. Visit his website at MolinaSpeaks.com.

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good