Karina is a Denver born, Colorado native, who has been active in the Colorado hip-hop scene since 2009.
Karina’s love of hip-hop started with the sounds of A Tribe Called Quest, Run DMC, Biz Markie, Eric B. & Rakim, and so on.
Her love for the elements of hip-hop originally began when she stumbled across b-boys/girls, poppers and lockers at the young age of 5, and only solidified it further with the incorporation of “freestyle” music and hip-hop into her life at that age; it than progressed into an obsession over the art of scratch with turntablism becoming her favorite element.
In 2009, while attending Metro, she met Cindy (co-founder of Queenz of Hip-Hop) and Spencer Bernard, both who were active in the b-boy/b- girl scene and members of Hip-Hop Congress. It was then that she started learning how to b-girl and also became an active member of Hip-Hop Congress.
Karina has been active with the Queenz of Hip-Hop’s jam since 2011 and is one of the original members of Queenz of Hip-Hop since it became more than an annual event and formed as its own separate group of talented women.
She is an activist who believes strongly in the rights and equality for everyone, but even more for those who are oppressed. Her passion is found in giving back to the community, specifically in helping young girls and women find their voice, inner strength, peace and talents. Her peace and happiness derives from meditation, consistently learning something new (from not only books but through people), reading, hiking, basketball, MMA, dance, but most importantly through being a mother.
The most important thing to her is teaching her children the gift of compassion, meditation, giving back, self-awareness and love and to speak up for themselves.