Four Four Beat Labs, Inc is a digital pedagogies

incubator and maker space that uses

culture and media as a design practice. Circa 2007.

Relaunched in 2012.

Our products focus on the symbiotic relationship between pedagogy and technology. Our mission is to curate collections of Black media, design innovative teaching and learning programs, as well as publish open source content that enhances the connections between culture, media, civic engagement, and new technologies in higher education humanities instruction.

Our products focus on the symbiotic relationship between pedagogy and technology. Our mission is to curate collections of Black media, design innovative teaching and learning programs, as well as publish open source content that enhances the connections between culture, media, civic engagement, and new technologies in higher education humanities instruction.

Our flagship products are the HipHop2020 Curriculum Project, the HipHop2020 Digital Archive, and the HipHop2020 Maker Space. The curriculum project designs resources that leverage the pedagogical sensibilities of music, art, and culture in humanities instruction in order to enhance the civic engagement capacities of secondary and post-secondary youth influencers – particularly those interested in STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts, and math) careers.

It also uses Hip Hop as a resilience catalyst for introducing vulnerable populations to interactive narrative, design software, photography, and film-making as tools for highlight the needs of their communities.

The digital archive is our interactive environment designed to experience Hip Hop pedagogy through augmented reality and interactive storytelling. It also hosts the content and artifacts produced through our program initiatives. Finally, the maker space is just that: a working lab for researchers, students, and designers to ideate projects and innovate programs that use culture as a design practice.

The Justice League

A crew of gifted minds make up a dope design team

Joycelyn Wilson

Director/(PI)

Wilson is the brains.

Thomas Tucker

Visual Artist/Project Comedian (Co-Pi)

Ahmad Barber

The Creative Eye

Ahmad Barber is a professional graphic designer, fashion and lifestyle photographer, and director of photography. View more of his work at ahmadbarber.co

Brendan Cecere

VR Developer (GA)

I am currently earning my Masters in Digital Media from Georgia Institute of Technology. I have a multidisciplinary tech background but my specializations are in Virtual Reality design and development, UX design, and web development. I am interested in applying my academic work in an educational context. I want to explore how presenting information through new technological mediums can change how people actually interpret and internalize the information.

We are always looking for valuable collaborations!