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DC Hip Hop Green Dinner Coordinator

DJ SoYo was raised in El Paso, Texas and is currently living and working in Washington, DC. She embraces Hip Hop culture through her love of community service and Deejaying. This love has led her to contribute to events where she has been able to form relationships with icons such as KRS-ONE, Wise Intelligent (of Poor Righteous Teachers), Immortal Technique, Professor Griff (of Public Enemy) and Dead Prez to name a few.

Because of these relationships, DJ SoYo seizes many opportunities where she organizes artists and fans to promote and raise money for humanitarian causes like helping Katrina victims and ending torture through the Hip Hop Caucus and Amnesty International (respectively). The organizations she has been involved with are the Lyricist Lounge, Temple of Hip Hop, Hip Hop Caucus, Tru Skool (DC), and was a founding member of the DC Hip Hop Alliance.

As a DJ she volunteers by providing music for a variety of events focusing on organ donation, ending youth violence, and raising adoption awareness. She is also a resident deejay for the National Black Luv Festival; an annual DC Festival focusing on social change and self/community fulfillment.



Tracye McQuirter, M.P.H

DC Hip Hop Green Dinner Coordinator

A vegan trailblazer, public health nutrition expert, speaker, and author, Tracye McQuirter, M.P.H., is passionate about inspiring people to live healthier, happier lives. Her best-selling book is titled By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat.

“As a vegan for 24 years, I know what it’s like to experience vibrant health. But I also know this makes me rare among U.S. women, where up to 80% of us are overweight and up to 50% are obese. As a result, we experience among the highest rates of death and disability from heart attack, cancers, stroke, and diabetes.

The good news is that these chronic diseases can be prevented and often reversed by eating plenty of plant-based foods that we all know are good for us. Foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes (or, beans, nuts, lentils, and split peas). That means eating meals like Curried Chick Peas with Sun-dried Tomatoes; Oven-Grilled Veggie Shish-Kabob; Spicy Kale Salad; Toasted Olive Bread with Fresh Basil and Garlic Sauce; Chocolate Chip Cookies; and Raspberry Banana Smoothies.  They’re all vegan and they’re all delicious!

My passion is empowering people to experience vibrant health—by any greens necessary. I’m living proof that you can be healthy, hippy, and happy by eating a wealth of plant-based foods.”

Check out a special interview with Tracye here: