Pinqy Ring is a Puerto Rican woman MC, speaker, educator, author and activist hailing from Chicago. She first shook hands with the mic at the tender age of 15, when her love for learning Hip Hop songs turned into a curiosity to try it for herself. A tough childhood, troubled teens and a catastrophic car crash all worked to mold the artist into the powerful MC she is today. The accident, (which left Pinqy in a coma), served as the defining turning point in her life. She realized that sharing her story was not only important – it was paramount.
Pinqy has since captivated a multitude of audiences nationwide, and has also garnered a large international audience – performing in Cambodia, Belgium, Morocco, Cuba, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam. Pinqy proudly serves as a Hip Hop Cultural Ambassador for the United States, traveling overseas with the State Department to facilitate cultural diplomacy programming and conflict transformation through music. In 2019, Pinqy was one of twenty women selected by Vital Voices and TRESemmè for their inaugural Women’s Leadership Incubator in New York. She has won grant funding and awards from 3Arts, Breakout Foundation, Grammys MusicCares, the Illinois Arts Council, and is a three-time recipient of the City of Chicago’s DCASE grant. As of 2020, Pinqy sits on the Chicago Board of Women In Music as the Assistant Vice Chair of Events.
Outside of music, Pinqy is an avid philanthropist and educator. She has been featured on several panels, including A3C Hip Hop Festival in Atlanta, and has spoken at schools, nonprofits and Universities worldwide. She has also been tapping into her acting skills, writing and performing as Rosina – the lead character in Chicago Fringe Opera’s “The Rosina Project”, a Hip Hop iteration of the famed opera Barber of Seville. She was inaugurated as an author in 2020, penning her story around mental health and wellness for Today’s Inspired Young Latina, Volume II. An artist and activist on the rise, Pinqy Ring shines bright with the determination to share her story, while encouraging others to find their truth, live in it unapologetically, and tell it authentically.