Meet Our Team

Joe Tynes

Land sovereignty organizer

Joe Tynes (better known as Show Azar) is the Land Sovereignty Organizer at Black Yield Institute.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Hanover, MD, he graduated from Salisbury University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Social Work, respectively. When he came back to Baltimore, he chose to dedicate himself to community organizing and social policy. 

Professionally, he serves Baltimore communities as an adjunct professor and entrepreneurial ecosystem builder. Artistically, he is learning as he grows in revolutionary thought and action with musicianship being his primary medium/offering. When he is not working with BYI, he is rocking with Baltimore-based, Free Jazz Band, Konjur Collective, as a multi-instrumentalist and performer.