Lindsey Leong aka HELLA famous
Lindsey Leong aka HELLA famous is an Asian American spoken word artist, host, curator and activist born and raised in the Bay Area. She grew from a shy kid who painted and love hip hop and R&B to a youth activist and spoken word artist. She attended San Jose City College and San Jose State where she obtained her bachelor's degree in Social Science with a minor in Asian American studies. Her biggest influence is Tupac Shakur but also include Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Common, Andre Harrell, Yuri Kochiyama, Grace Lee Boggs, Martin Luther King Jr. and Frida Khalo, and Jay Z. In 2011 the words "hella famous" were an inside joke permeating Cito the iconic open mic at Iguanas in downtown San Jose. In 2012 Lindsey was tapped to become the first woman host of Cito at Iguanas which was the longest running open mic in San Jose at the time. The show became Cito.FAME.Us and HELLA famous transitioned from a joke to the start of a Bay Area based social, cultural and arts movement. Lindsey has been on a mission to use her platform as an artist, host and curator to highlight diverse voices from all the Bay Area to promote the importance of #contentmatters #communityfirst.