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Hearts of Gold: CSR’s 50th Anniversary Celebration | Our Hosts’ Bios

is a nationally-acclaimed, Boston-born, hip hop artist who is forever representing the queer, black, orphaned, hood kids n’ them. She was named one of Boston Magazine’s 150 Most Influential Bostonians /and her engaging, interactive performing style has earned her 3  Boston Music Awards and an unprecedented 14 nominations. WBUR’s the Artery describes the lyric-focused rapper as having a “natural tenderness with language” and calls her verses “funny…incisive and memorable.” Oompa showed this poetic prowess as the winner of the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam and a finalist in the 2016 National Poetry Slam. Following the release of her second album, Cleo, in August of 2019, Oompa sold out The Sinclair and a number of other Boston venues. Since then, she has shared the stage with renowned artists around the country like Charli XCX, 24KGoldn, Tinashe, 2Chainz, and Rico Nasty. She has continued to be a staple live performer in Boston this past year with a headline performance at the Paradise Rock Club and multiple festival appearances in 2022, including a set on Boston Calling’s Red Stage.

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OOMPA’s latest album, UNBOTHERED was released independently in October 2021 to popular and critical acclaim. This album is joy incarnate. What it feels like, what it sounds like, what it looks like, who it’s for, and, most importantly, how to find and make joy a reality in this life even when presented with so much constant sorrow. This album is Oompa expanding as a human and as an artist. Free of boxes, free of expectations, and free of rules except for those she has laid out for herself.

In the Fall of 2022, Oompa was named as one of 12 artists accepted into the prestigious Pepsi Music Lab which is a multi-year partnership brokered by United Masters that will see her featured in advertisements, radio spots, concerts, and branded content nationwide. New music, visuals, and more are on the way this summer 2023 that will elevate Oompa to even greater heights. 

Recent Press Highlights:

Boston’s Power List 2023
A Look Inside Pepsi Music Lab’s Partnership With UnitedMasters: Exclusive
Brandi Carlile, Oompa, and others to perform at Maura Healey inauguration
Meet the local rapper set to perform at Boston Calling 2022
WATCH: Roxbury rapper Oompa is unafraid to be herself at Boston Calling
Apple Music’s The EBRO Show featuring “LEBRON”
The Doe Creator’s Series interview 
Consequence of Sound – including “Outta Patience” in their Rap Song of the Week roundupokay player including “Unbothered” in their 15 New Hip Hop Albums roundup shoutout on “Unbothered” from GLAAD 
Vanyaland Interview: Oompa’s new album ‘Unbothered’ plays like a promise
Watch Oompa freestyle with Marc Rebillet at Royale in Boston

Harry Harding, MLA, VP of Innovation & Strategic Partnerships

Harry has served CSR in multiple roles since 2010, advancing to senior leadership as a key member of CSR’s ongoing capacity-building and organizational development initiatives. As Vice President of Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, he is responsible for generating and executing programmatic ideas, and building and implementing business strategy while serving as a primary brand ambassador, stakeholder, and relationship manager. CSR’s representing board member for Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), Harry also is an active board member of the Caribbean Foundation of Boston and the Community Advisory Board Northeastern University’s Crime, Race & Justice. A 2021 LeadBoston alum, Harry earned a bachelor’s degree in human services from Springfield College with a concentration in community & youth development leadership and holds a master’s degree in journalism and professional certification in organizational behavior from Harvard University Extension School (HES). Currently an instructor at HES, Harry has served as a student coach at Harvard Business School and was recently selected as an Inclusive Practice Fellow to share his expertise with faculty and teaching staff Harvard-wide. In addition to his professional roles in the community, Harry is a dedicated father and caretaker to a teen child and aging parent.