Michael Partis was born and raised in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, NY. Michael is currently a senior at Fordham University. He will serve as President of ASILI (Fordham's Black Student Union) for the 2007-2008 academic year. At Fordham, he brought guest speakers (the New Black Panthers), created the University's first Black History Month Show, co-organized Fordham students' participation in the Katrina on the Ground Project, and co-organized Fordham University's third annual Hip-Hop Week (featuring artist Immortal Technique, Saigon, Hasam Salaam, and Styles P). A member of VIBE Magazine's 2005-2006 College Advisory Board & the New York City Regional Campus Reporter, Michael is also the founder of the Fordham University's social justice/activist group A.S.A.P. (Asili Starts All Progressiveness), and member of Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXG), Michael continues his activism through spoken word poetry where he tackles issues pertaining to apathy, poverty, and raising political awareness in the Black and Latino community.