BAY AREA-based | Multimedia Artist: MC/DJ/Producer & Creative Project Manager
Marcus Cinque Harris, artistically known as MH the Verb, is a Multimedia Artist & Creative Project Manager blending elements of Hip Hop / Jazz / Trap-funk & electronic arts to align afrofuturism, cultural collaboration & community empowerment around artistic wellness.
The MC/DJ/Producer has created a unique catalog of music & media that connects multiple generations by mixing live instrumentation & studio production, complimented by lyrical affirmations and poetic activism. As the founder of AFRONAUT MEDIA (a black-owned label promoting social impact through community wellness), MH’s projects have been acclaimed by Afropunk, Okayplayer, Complex, Mass Appeal, HipHopDX, and NPR.
MH is a professional creative & project manager with over a decade of experience engaging diverse communities and connecting people as an entrepreneurial artist & communications specialist. Marcus is a skilled strategist in managing teams, creating marketing strategies, producing high-quality content, and facilitating the release of products and campaigns. His ability to transfer these skills into digital formats has produced success as his career has coincided with the online phenomenons of social media & e-commerce.
As a campaign specialist and creative project manager, Marcus has helped multiple small businesses & nonprofits with web design, social media development, and email marketing & outreach. Marcus has produced and edited videos & advertisements for media campaigns, produced high quality livestream events for Facebook, Instagram & Twitch, and managed e-commerce and customer management for branding events generating high value sales and impressions.
Once called "a whole new movement of Hip Hop" by the Erie Reader, Marcus’ art, music, & media has been acclaimed by critics for it’s powerful content bridging afrofuturism, hip hop, and community activism. His empowering series and media imprint, #AFRONAUT has been acclaimed by Afropunk, Okayplayer, Complex, Bandcamp, Colorlines, HipHopDX, and NPR.
Since beginning his career in media as WPTS Urban Music Director while at the University of Pittsburgh, Marcus has expanded on his portfolio promoting & hosting events with artists like Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi, and The Roots. Marcus has worked as an event coordinator for the 2007 MTV Video Music Award - Rock the Vote After Party; presented financial success & business development workshops in partnership with OperationHOPE, PNC Bank, Santander Bank and Millenium Music Conference; curated art showcases & media presentations at Wix.com, Afropunk Festival, Sofar Sounds, World Cafe Live, & CMJ Music Marathon Festival; managed a crowdfund campaign raising $15k for an educational film project; and produced a docu-series featuring Daveed Diggs & a short film narrated by Billy Porter.
In 2020, Marcus took on the challenge being the Project Coordinator for Oakland Frontline Healers, a coalition of over 20+ nonprofits, working collaboratively to address COVID-19 vulnerabilities in Oakland’s Black Communities. At OFH, Marcus coordinated the collective’s work around communications & outreach, facilitating a $500k grant from CARES ACT funding to provide food, PPE, housing vouchers, COVID-19 testing & vaccinations, and support services to thousands of Oakland residents. Marcus continued working in the Oakland community as Digital Marketing & Communications Manager for Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), a Bay Area-based nonprofit fighting against the root causes of poverty, homelessness, violence & mass incarceration. At BOSS, Marcus led community messaging campaigns and outreach efforts for state rental assistance programs, food distribution & housing networks, and community health & healing events throughout Oakland.
Today, Marcus is a Project Manager at Rootid Nonprofit Communications where he works with nonprofits to co-design necessary spaces for strategic thinking, sustainability & growth - using communications & technology as vehicles to advance equity.