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Syreeta Gates is a Culture Creator with a focus on hip-hop and digital archiving. As founder of The Gates Preserve, she curates innovative experiences like Word IS Bond, a documentary film featuring the never before told story about the writers and journalists that created and shaped the language for hip-hop culture, as well as Stay Hungry, a unique hip-hop culinary experience that bridges hip-hop and food. Gates' archival work includes research for Nelson George's feature documentary, A Ballerina's Tale, and she also added her expertise on other art-oriented films, Finding the Funk and The Triptych.  

Gates was awarded Glamour Magazine's "Top 20 Under 25" and she is highlighted in John Schlimm's book, Stand Up!: 75 Young Activists Who Rock the World, And How You Can, Too!," as well as Tony Wagner's book, Creating Innovators. 

Holding a B.A. in Urban Youth Culture, the only degree of it's kind in the world, Gates is the former Creative Director of Travel Noire, a multi-dimensional platform for unconventional travelers. And in addition to her life as a Culture Creator, Gates is currently the VP of Culture and Dream Director with The Future Project. 


cul·ture cre·a·tor


  1. Nurtures the brilliance of young people using creative tools, projects, experiences via multi-media platforms
  2. A Culture Creator is someone who improves the quality of life in a society.
Right now, in some staircase in LA or NYC or Chicago or a hood near you; there are two teenagers planning ‘the takeover’ a blueprint that will change popular culture forever
— Syreeta Gates


Hunter College

BA in Urban Youth Culture





Futuristic: “People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.” (Shared Theme Report Gallup)

Ideation: “People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.” (Shared Theme Report Gallup)

Input: “People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.” (Shared Theme Report Gallup)

Learner: “People who are especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.” (Shared Theme Report Gallup)

Positivity:People who are especially talented in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.” (Shared Theme Report Gallup)

ENFP: "Have an unusually broad range of skills and talents. They are good at most things which interest them. Project-oriented, they may go through several different careers during their lifetime. To onlookers, the ENFP may seem directionless and without purpose, but ENFPs are actually quite consistent, in that they have a strong sense of values which they live with throughout their lives. Everything that they do must be in line with their values."