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AboutABOUT

Music Movies & Hoops is an online community based on… well, you can imagine. We have over 20 writers, editors, and creators from around the United States bringing their unique voices, perspectives, and experiences to this space. Beyond our band/cast/team, we invite everyone to participate in the conversation. All of our posts have comment sections and we are readily accessible on social media. And to all the content makers and commentators out there looking to share your work, drop us a line.

At MMH we love passion and connecting over shared interests. If you LOVE anime, we’re here for it. If you watch every play of every Spurs game, let’s talk. If you’re in a Kinks cover band, send us your tunes! For folks passionate about one of these topics, go to the corresponding page and the pieces are filtered. If you’re passionate about two or heaven forbid—all threeof these subjects, you’ve probably just found nirvana.

MMH is committed to promoting and supporting the voices and work of people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, women, people with disabilities, and young artists. We value radical inclusion, active anti-racism, and we hold an unwavering dedication to social change, equity, and justice.

Welcome. Glad you’re here. Reach out and say hello.

MEET Our Team

Adrian Dahlin

Adrian Dahlin

HEAD OF STRATEGY & GROWTH

Adrian is an entrepreneur with a background in marketing and data science. He has founded a startup, worked for startups, run marketing at a nonprofit, and been a marketing automation expert at a Fortune 100 company. He has degrees from Tufts and NYU. He prefers to be outside, where you tend not to hit your head on doorways. He’s classically trained on the piano, played college basketball, and has an IMDB profile because of a short film from 2011.

Zoe Novendstern

CHIEF EDITOR

When I was 9 years old I randomly met James Brown while I was eating a knish on the sidewalk, then passed out from the excitement of it all. Not much has changed, except my dog and I live in Brooklyn now.

Cody Tannen-Barrup

LEAD WRITER

I was the captain of a real college basketball team that lost by 70 points one time.

Thulani Davis

THULANI DAVIS

BRAND DIRECTOR

Im a biracial, Black Filipina woman, born and raised in Western Mass. I’m a professional dancer and lover of all things art, but cannot sing. I’m a student of anthropology and advocate for a more just world. Bookworm. Foodie. Educator. I belong to the Gryffindor House and definitely would have won the Triwizard Tournament.

David Haffner

David Haffner

MOVIE DEPT CHIEF

I am a writer, dog-lover, and podcast host living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Check out my podcast about movies and pop culture, Better Late than Never! on Apple Podcasts.

Chris Dodson

HOOPS DEPT CHIEF

I have covered Louisiana high school and college basketball in spurts for a decade. A basketball lifer from the bayou, I’ve reached the big leagues by writing about the New Orleans Pelicans.

Jenifer Simon

Jenifer Simon

MEDIA RELATIONS

I’m a trusted expert who strengths individual and organizational impact in and through the arts as founder of Honors in Art. My first concert was New Kids on the Block (don’t judge). My last was Bruce Springsteen on Broadway, center section, row 4. #concertredemption

Meesh Dot

SOCIAL MEDIA

A dancer, dj, dog mama who is all about eclectic grooves, green vibes, and connection. I’ve lived all over the world and am grateful to call Austin, TX home. Weaving art + earth @meesh.eco

Nate Mondschein

EDITOR, MUSIC MOVIE & HOOPS CONTRIBUTOR

My family always wanted me to be a lawyer, so now I write and produce music. You can hear some of that music at echobaseproduction.com.

Nico Carter

Nico Carter

MUSIC & MOVIE CONTRIBUTOR

Chicago-born writer, sag actor, composer, and comedian; repped by NV Talent (brett@nvtalent.com); @realnicocarter on Twitter; medium.com/@nicolas.j.carter; founder of the juicebox (@juiceboxtheater on Instagram); co-founder of whatthegifgame.com.

Chris Conner

HOOPS CONTRIBUTOR

Born in New Orleans, raised in Chicago. Haven’t mastered either city…..but I’ve mastered their basketball teams and fan bases.

Jessye Herrell

Jessye Herrell

MUSIC & MOVIE CONTRIBUTOR

I’m a digital media arts educator and photographer based in Brooklyn with a penchant for museums, all things Muppet, and finding the worst pun for any occassion. Bit of a chocolate fiend.

Simon Pruitt

MOVIE & HOOPS CONTRIBUTOR

My entire 17 year life has been defined by music, movies, and hoops exclusively. I see this site as a continuation of that trend.

Chad Ebanks

MMH & SOCIAL JUSTICE

I’m a writer. Poems, songs, my opinions on pop culture and Hip-Hop.

Carl Henderson

Carl Henderson II

MUSIC MOVIES & HOOPS CONTRIBUTOR

Carl Henderson II, also known as Lito the Gawd, is a multifaceted rap-writer. Carl is born and raised in New Orleans, LA. The city molded Carl’s writing style which is very conversational. Basketball is Carl’s passion, music is his first love. They are the reason he is alive and he cannot exist without either. Carl loves to spend time with wife and is a devoted dog father to his spoiled kids.

Teresa Chiyanne Beamon

MOVIE CONTRIBUTOR

Born and raised In Mississippi. Enjoying life after graduating from XULA! Avid movie watcher. Honestly I miss the nostalgia of VCR’s, but for now I’ll settle for the “Da-Dun” every time I open Netflix.

Dana Wygmans

MUSIC CONTRIBUTOR

Dana Wygmans is a bassist and music educator in Austin, TX. Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, she played basketball in 5th grade and made a few hoops, and she can’t stay awake during a movie…but she knows a lot about some other stuff. Dana is passionate about cats and cookies.

Jules Lattimore

Jules Lattimore

MUSIC & MOVIE CONTRIBUTOR

Self important metalhead who takes very silly sci-fi and horror way too seriously. My mortal form was forged and resides in Austin, Texas.

Andrea Ayvazian

MUSIC CONTRIBUTOR

I have been active in movements for social change for 50 years, ever since I was radicalized at Oberlin College during the Vietnam War. A folk songwriter and singer, I have 3 albums in circulation and continue to lead singing at movement gatherings. I am a long-time-anti-racist educator, and in 2017 founded a movement-building school that offers 100 free classes on Zoom each year (www.truthschool.org). As a pastor, I serve as a minister at Alden Baptist Church, a predominately African American Church in Springfield, MA.

Ivy Olcott

EDITOR

I’m an observer, artist, and miniature enthusiast. One time, as a camp counselor, I co-taught a class where we made an entire mini town for beans – it was called “Bean-Town” and all the tiny bean people wore hats and neckties.

Josh Motenko

HOOPS CONTRIBUTOR

Former D1 coach turned NBA Podcaster-dad. NBA draft psychic. 2-time world championship game loser as head coach of Team USA in the sport of Unicycle Basketball. Almost famous. @CoachMotenko