Our Story

School Yard Rap is a black owned company, established in 2015, which specializes in creating educational content and curriculum through the
lens of History.

School Yard Rap mission is to drastically improve the educational experiences of learners of all ages by providing curriculum, content, music, and professional development that uplifts the narratives of minorities. We work to build awareness, knowledge, and competencies for excellence and equity in schools and companies. We’ve built partnerships across the US and are always seeking new partnerships who are committed to achieving equitable outcomes for all.

Education through Entertainment

Who We Are

SchoolYard Rap is a Black owned education consulting, curriculum and content production company. Our staff has a combined 40+ years in education and are focused on educating learners of all ages with energy, empathy, and accuracy through the lens of history.

Our Motto

Education through Entertainment.

Our Goal

Equity all year. Diversity every day.

Our Mission

SchoolYard Rap mission is to drastically improve the educational experiences of learners of all ages by providing curriculum, content, music, and professional development that uplifts the narratives of minorities. We work to build awareness, knowledge, and competencies for excellence and equity in schools and companies. We’ve built partnerships across the US and are always seeking new partnerships who are committed to achieving equitable outcomes for all.

Campus Performances and
Keynote Speaking

SchoolYard Raps’s performances,
presentations, and keynote address
are tailored for each client ensuring
the event is engaging and memorable.

Curriculum &
Content

SchoolYard Rap’s multi-modal and
engaging curriculum helps students
learn about important events and
influential people throughout history.

Professional
Learning

Schoolyard Rap provides a range of
professional development opportunities
for adults. We incorporate our music,
research, and tools during each session.

Founder and CEO – Brandon “Griot B” Brown

Brandon “Griot B” Brown has been an educator of minds for over a decade. Prior to founding SchoolYard Rap, he was a founding school leader in Richmond, California. He built a strong school culture, boasted the lowest suspension rate in his district, and helped the school receive Top Bay Area Public School. He began his career as a public school teacher in South Los Angeles and Inglewood, California he used hip-hop in his classroom to increase students’ achievement. He is a man who understands the value of education and the necessity of making school a fun place to learn. His success as a teacher and leader led him to take up the mantle of Griot B and create SchoolYard Rap.

In West African tradition, a Griot was charged with knowing the history of the village or kingdom and advising the ruler of his clan; he told this history through stories and music. Griot B is a griot for this generation of learners. He tells OUR stories through rap. He educates all about the histories of people of color. He teaches diverse crowds about race and equity.

Brandon “Griot B” Brown holds a Bachelor’s degree in African American Studies from the University of California, Davis and Master’s degree in Education from Pepperdine University. Artist, Educator, Entertainer, Brandon “Griot B” Brown wears these hats simultaneously to educate and uplift across the country.

National Impact

Antelope Valley College

California State University, Chico

California State University, Dominguez Hills

California State University, Sacramento

Pepperdine University

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Davis

Sierra Community College

Aspire Public Schools

Fresno Unified School District

Fresno Unified School District

Los Angeles Unified School District

Vallejo Unified School District

West Contra Costa School District

Hayward Unified School District

Yolo County Office of Education

Contra Costa Unified School District

Oakland Unified School District

Palmdale Public Schools

San Bernardino City Unified School District

San Francisco Unified School District

Solano Unified School District

Northern Arizona University

University of North Texas

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

University of Texas - Dallas

Texas A&M University

San Jacinto Community College, Central

San Jacinto Community College, North

San Jacinto Community College, South

Houston Community College, Southeast

Houston Community College, Southwest

Mountain View College

Northwest Vista College

El Paso Community College

Del Mar College

Lone Star College

Laredo College

Defiance College

Lourdes College

Trotwood-Madison City School District

Middleton-Cross Plain Area School District

Evanston Township High School District

Indiana University

Hanover College

University of Missouri

Pulaski County Special School District

McNeese State

Bossier Parrish Community College

Delgado Community College

College of Coastal Georgia

Clinton Community College

School District of Philadelphia

Tompkins Cortland College

Centenary University

SUNY Cobbleskill

Dunkirk Community College

Elmira College

Jamestown Community College

Buffalo Public Schools

New Haven Unified School District

Framingham Public Schools

Howard University

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