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Kwame {Kwame Ismail, 龙酷凯 , DJ KMATiKC}  is an aesthetic engineer, ethnographic filmmaker, college professor, DJ, author, and sneaker enthusiast from Washington, DC. His goal is to share help share the 21st century stories of the western African Diaspora as they traverse the planet Earth through film and scholarly articles. The courses he has taught range from collegiate level social science and statistics courses to secondary school social studies classes to AP classes. He has also taught geometry and language arts in a juvenile detention center. Kwame has lived, DJ'd, and taught in both Shenzhen, China; and Doha, Qatar. He has also DJ'd in Macau, Hong Kong, and various cities in the United States and the People's Republic of China. His latest ethnographic series are "Black In China 黑人在中国," which chronicles the experiences of 88 Black westerners living in the People's Republic of China; and  "Black in Doha [السود في الدوحة قطر]," which chronicles the experiences of 13 Black westerners living in the city of Doha, Qatar. He was awarded the July 2019 Filmmaker of the Month by the Washington DC Office of Cable, Television, Film, Media & Entertainment for his first feature length documentary 68.  In 2021, he was voted as the People's Choice for the Made In The DMV 35 Under 35.



Saddled Solace

Director, Producer, Editor, Cinematographer


Editor, Cinematographer

World Class For Whom

Producer, Editor

The Hot Seat (Jafe Cycling)

Cinematographer, Assistant Producer




Heartbeat of the City

Writer, Director of Research, Cinematographer, Score


Creator, Producer, Writer, Editor, Host



Director, Executive Producer, Writer, Editor


Black In China 黑人在中国  (season 3)

Creator, Producer, Videographer, Ethnographer, Editor


Black In China 黑人在中国  (season 3)

Creator, Producer, Videographer, Ethnographer


Creator, Director, Producer, Editor, Videographer


Black In China 黑人在中国  (season 2)

Creator, Director, Producer, Editor, Videographer, Ethnographer



Black In Doha السود في الدوحة قطر 

Director, Producer, Editor, Videographer, Ethnographer


"Hip Hop Is Gay" - True Culture The God

Director, Producer, Editor, Videographer


Black In China 黑人在中国  (season 1)

Creator, Director, Producer, Editor, Videographer, Ethnographer


Black in China 黑人在中国 series featured on Black Life China website


Black Life China podcast interview;  March  2015


Paper Trail [silent short film]

Writer, Director, Producer, Editor, Videographer


Reasons Kwame Ismail Should Not Be a Rapper [comedic short film]

Writer, Director, Producer, Editor, Videographer, Actor




“Sand Travels”



“Kwame’s Laowai Adventure”





Yeyan Radio: “Rough Around the Edges” [2014-2016] 


WMBC Freeform Radio: “Rough Around the Edges” [2012-2013]





Black Westerners in China ethnography (in process) 


One Love on the Nile (Get Far Magazine)


Crank That Bass (M.A. Thesis)





2016 Cultural Appropriation vs Appreciation in the East Asian Hip Hop; International Hip Hop Studies Conference; University of Cambridge


2014 The Shenzhen Struggle; Ameson Year in China 1st Annual Photo Essay Contest


2013 Crank That Bass; Graduate Research Conference; University of Maryland Baltimore County


2009 Does Birth Order Affect Self-Esteem; National Association of African American Honors Programs National Conference; Miami, Florida


The Media Prince/Washington Informer Bridge Magazine/Made in the DMV: 2021 DMV 35 Under 35

Government of the District of Columbia Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment (OCTFME) JULY 2019 Filmmaker of the Month (FOTM)


Adjunct Professor -  American University Department of Sociology

Adjunct Professor -  Bowie State University Department of Behavioral Sciences & Human Services; Department of Fine & Performing Arts


Adjunct Professor  - Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC-Essex) School of Wellness, Education, Behavior & Social Sciences

Adjunct Professor  - Morgan State University Department of Sociology & Anthropology 


Adjunct Professor - Prince George's Community College (PGCC) Psychological & Sociological Sciences Department

Adjunct Professor -  University of Maryland Baltimore County Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration & Policy

Adjunct Professor -  University of Maryland College Park Department of Sociology

Program Manager - Bowie State University  Study Abroad  

Guest Lecturer黑龙江大学 [Heilongjiang University]

Guest Lecturer - Universidad de La Habana [The University of Havana]


International Correspondent -  Get Far Magazine


International DJ


International School Curriculum Consultant  (China; Qatar)


Nonprofit Consultant - Jared Morgan Solutions LLC.

Grant Panelist - Prince George's Arts & Humanities Council


Partner/Founder - 龙酷凯 Films™


Graduate Certificate in Documentary Filmmaking - The George Washington University

TEFL Certificate 

Master of Arts in Applied Sociology - University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)


Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Organization Management- University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

Bachelor's of Science Sociology (History minor) -Bowie State University

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