Cepeda edited the critically acclaimed anthology And It Don’t Stop: The Best Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years (Farrar Strauss & Giroux, 2004), winner of a PEN and Latino Book Award. The first anthology of its kind, the collection of 29 articles and essays chronicles the growth of hip-hop music and journalism.
As the former editor in chief of Russell Simmons’ Oneworld magazine, Cepeda was responsible for the magazine’s overhaul and re-launch in September 2001. She won a Folio Award in 2002 for best re-design, receiving accolades from other media outlets like San Francisco Chronicle and Paper magazine, where she was lauded a “world visionary,” for her global take on urban culture. Cepeda was also the co-founder and editorial director of sayShe.com (1999), the first online destination for multicul- tural women in the 18-35 demographic.
Over the last fourteen years, Cepeda’s writings have been anthologized in texts including Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric With Readings, (2003); Women and Sports in the United States: A Documentary Reader (2007); Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop (2007); Da Capo’s Best Music Writing of 2006; and most recently, her work will be featured in Da Capo’s Best Music Writing of 2010, edited by Ann Powers. Over the last fourteen years Cepeda’s byline has been featured in People, the Associated Press, Sesame Street, Paper, Village Voice, MTV News, CNN.com, and many other publications. In addition to being a talking head for a cross-section of media outlets as an expert on Latino issues and hip-hop culture, she also contributes to WNYC, CNN and CNN’s Inside the Middle East as a freelance reporter.
Cepeda sits on the board of City Lore and the Style Wars Restoration Project.
She lives with her husband, a writer and television producer, daughter and son in her beloved New York City.