The Press

The readily available ONLINE documentary sources

ALL PHOTOS ARE LINKS to online sources that have either written about C-Note, mentioned him, used his image or artwork.

This project (, is in response to the June 9, 2019, denial of a Wikipedia draft on the artist by a single editor. See lower right photo (desktop), or last photo (on moblie device). In January of 2020, a single editor denied the artist entry into the world's largest database of artist, the French website Artprice. The Artprice editor stated his application was missing proof of gallery or Museum exhibitions (flyers, press...), and public auction results. Despite its claim of being the database of the world's knowledge, Wikipedia has no articles on Prison art, an art form whose cultural impact is omnipresent throughout the world. In the U.S., scholarly Works have noted Prison poetry was the source of Hip-Hop's early Rap lyrics; and Wikipedia notes that the American Graffiti movement was started by a person who learned of graffiti, honed his graffiti skills, and received his graffiti name, while incarcerated. C-Note, who works with academics who either are Wikipedia editors, or are friends of Wikipedia editors, has solicited them for assistance; including art historian, Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood, whose Harvard Press, 2020 book, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, is the most seminal work on Prison art in a generation. Most of the scholars he has requested their assistance are persons of color, who are very concerned by the lack of diversity in tech, and tech related industries. In spite of his work with academics interested in elevating marginalized voices, he has yet to gain any traction into being allowed entry into Wikipedia nor Artprice.

Artist Ties to Academia 

In 2016, curated by California State University at San Bernardino (CSUSB), he was exhibited at the nation's first Prisoner art exhibit that included works from two Men's prison, and a woman's prison. The exhibit was codified in a book, Through the Wall: Prison Arts Collective (2016) ISBN 978-1-36-721324-1


In 2019, curated by University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), he was exhibited at their inaugural art festival, Connecting Art & Law for Liberation (CALL).

In 2020, curated by Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD), he would have been exhibited in their 2020 CCAD Fashion Show through the fashion line Mercy. Mercy is the first fashion line in the school's 141 history designed with Prison art. The accompanied Fashion Show, cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns, would have represented the first time in the global history of the Runway, to have designs walked featuring Prison art.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Prison Reentry Institute, published two articles the artist wrote in their summer of 2018 issue, and winter of 2019 issue, of Our Voice.

Hamilton College's, American Prison Writing Archive has published four articles written by the artist.

The University of Southern California (USC), published an article by the artist in their Alliance for Networking Visual Culture.

The Harvard University formed group, formerly known as RADical ACADemics (RADACADS), now known as Maoist International Movement (MIM), published one article written by the artist, "Due Process in the Era of #MeToo," in their publication MIM (Prisons)

National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (NICJR) published one article by the artist in The Beat Within, Visions of Reform Issue. The NICJR Board of Directors include retired Alameda County Superior Court Judge Gordon Baranco. Founder of the W.Haywood Burns Institute, James Bell. The Burns Institute has worked in over a 150 countries, including with the African National Congress in the administration of the juvenile justice system in South Africa and consulted with the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. Retired Director of The Alameda County Public Health Department, Arnold Perkins, and Co-founder of Healing Dialogue and Action, Javier Stauring.

Coalition Against Racism Education (C.A.R.E.), is a coalition of academics, entrepreneurs, activists, and artists, who are collaborating for antiracists community development. C-Note is a curriculum-writer

Tamalpais High School AIM


Interview with International Media Hip Hop Scholar Kim Dankoor

Kim Dankoor is an International Media Hip Hop Scholar, and is a Hip Hop doctoral candidate at the Utrecht University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She also holds a MA degree in Media and Culture from EUR, and is a BA and MA thesis supervisor (Hip Hop) at this university. From 2014 - 2015, Kim was a visiting scholar at Georgia State University in the United States. KIM™ is also her trademark Brand regarding her work as a freelance writer, K(C)ritical Insights regarding Media (KIM).

Kim 'sits' down with C-Note, The King of Prison Hip Hop, to discuss his art, the relationship between prison culture and Hip Hop culture, and why rap music should not be blamed for crime among youth.

The image behind our feature story "The Modern Civil Rights Movement" is entitled "Incarceration Nation" and it was drawn by Donald "C-Note" Hooker. Hooker is incarcerated at California State Prison, Los Angeles County. The artist's map indicates places where unarmed black men and women were killed by police or while in police custody. The list includes Michael Brown (who died at age 18), Sandra Bland (age 28), Philando Castile (age 32), Ezell Ford (age 25), Oscar Grant (age 22), Freddie Gray (age 25), Wakiesha Wilson (36), and Charleena Lyles (age 30), who was pregnant when police shot her in her Washngton state home. Hooker also includes Trayvon Martin the 17-year-old shot and killed by a member of a neighborhood group in Florida who was ultimately acquited based on the state's "stand your ground" rule -- as well as the Central California Women's Facility, the only correctional facility in the state with Death Row for women.