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Healing through The Arts in Indianapolis

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 3:34 pm

We are pleased to support a wonderful community service effort sponsored by multiple non-profit and grassroots organizations in the Indianapolis area. This full day of events includes a food pantry for the needy, an art display, a community dialogue,  and feature performances by a host of phenomenal poets including Tasleem Jamila El-Hakim, Lyricist 19, and O.C.E.A.N. with  HBO Def poet Sunni Patterson as the highlight of the evening.

Beautiful SeeAsia Speaks on Pro-Activism, Empowering Women, and A Destructive trend in Hip Hop

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 at 6:13 pm

If you haven’t already heard of her by now, Beautiful SeeAsia is a hard hitting force out of Newark, New Jersey and brainchild of A Queen By All Means the groundbreaking movement for the highly influential & esteemed women in society who create great happenings. Check her out in this interview by Smash Block TV and find out more about SeeAsia and the movement at http://www.aqueenbyallmeans.com

Like what you heard?  Be sure to log on to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/a-queen-by-all-means for a special Hip Hop segment on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 9pm eastern you can also start off your Saturday mornings with Wisdom Smoothies at 9am.

Phoenix rises to the occasion and takes Responsibility

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2010 at 6:42 pm

ARIZONA IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY

Phoenix to Experience 1st Annual Hip Hop Town Hall “Spotlighting Hip Hop and Politics”

On October 30, 2010 the Phoenix metropolitan community will experience the 1st Annual Hip Hop Town Hall presented by the Phoenix College NAACP/BSU.  This event will engage young adults in meaningful dialogue about current issues which are important to them in a format which is appealing to them and in a genre which many enjoy and value. The 2010 theme is “Spotlighting Hip Hop and Politics”. The purpose of the Hip Hop Town Hall is to provide a platform for people to develop an awareness of and dialogue about issues which are germane to them and their communities. Hip Hop has a huge voice for many people, regardless of region, race, religion, class, etc. This Town Hall will provide a platform for the often unrecognized positive impact of Hip Hop through education and debate on community issues.  Partnering with the Phoenix College NAACP/BSU are the Black Entrepreneurship Association, Peacefest Organization, and Queen YoNasDa, hip hop artist,the National Director of the Indigenous Nations Alliance-Millions More Movement, and the initiator of Hip Hop 4 Haiti.

Students are dialoging and Hip Hop songs and videos are addressing current topics, such as immigration, ethnic studies, affirmative action, mosque placement, use of the n-word, etc.  For those who may not find other venues appealing, there is a need to provide a platform for intellectual dialogue and to listen to all sides of these issues. In addition, many people are indifferent or unaware of current issues, and this forum aims to instill in them the need to exercise their citizenship through being fully informed and voting.

The First Annual Hip Hop Town Hall “Spotlighting Hip Hop and Politics” will bring overall awareness of past, present, and future pieces of legislation. The meeting will discuss how these laws affect or unite the community. Both local and national political leaders and hip hop artists will be presenters at the Town Hall which promises to be a very engaging and thought-provoking evening.

Currently looking for Partners and Sponsors..

For more information about this event, please email queenyonasda@aol.com or camilla.westenberg@pcmail.maricopa.edu

Trials of A Hip-Hop Educator: “Call for Hip-Hop Day Service”

In Uncategorized on June 14, 2010 at 8:04 pm
Trials of a Hip Hop Educator: Towards A National Movement of Responsibility within the Culture!
By Tony Muhammad
Hiphopeducator19@gmail.com
http://tonymuhammad.wordpress.com/
Peace and Blessings! We are now in the year 2010; marking the beginning of a new year and the birth of a new era of intelligence in this universal culture we have come to know as Hip Hop. Hip Hop has been best defined by one of its greatest icons, KRS-One. In the song Hip Hop Lives, KRS-One says:

Hip means to know
It’s a form of intelligence
To be hip is to be up-date and relevant
Hop is a form of movement
You can’t just observe a hop
You got to hop up and do it
Hip and Hop is more than music
Hip is the knowledge
Hop is the movement
Hip and Hop is intelligent movement
All relevant movement
We selling the music

So according to this lyrical definition, in order to live and express Hip Hop to its greatest potential we must stay in tune with the modern times and act in accordance with what is most needed in those times. As the Hon. Min. Louis Farrakhan puts it, “Time dictates the agenda!” I have encountered many “old school heads” that argue that we need to return to the spirit and expression of Hip Hop’s golden era (late 80s and early 90s). Time and time again I have disagreed with this assessment. While it is enriching and inspiring to study how the knowledge and wisdom that was pregnant in the music of that time inspired many of us to become the cultivated men and women that we are today, we must keep in mind that it may not be the medium of expression needed to have a significant impact on the hearts and minds of the people today; especially young people. The music has changed and so too the culture has changed.
What we are countering today goes far beyond the senseless street violence of the 80s that prompted noted Hip Hop artists to produce the Stop The Violence Movement in the East Coast and We’re All In The Same Gang Movement in the West Coast. In truth, we have just experienced a whole decade in which the minds of our people, especially the youth, have been corrupted like never before. Corporate media on all levels has fostered an attraction and consequently an addiction to materialism, violence, sex and sexual abuse. This is so much so, that our young Brothers and Sisters, many of whom are growing up in homes that offer very little love and guidance, are being raised to believe that it is totally acceptable, and therefore normal, for a man to inflict harm on another human being so that his own senses could be pleased. Our young men mainly become victims to this in the streets and our young ladies mainly become victims to this domestically “between the sheets” … or literally by force in the back seat of cars.

Tony Muhammad- Miami FL Writer, Social Studies teacher, Co-organizer of The MIA Music Is Alive Campaign

The predominant image of a young man of color by way of subliminal media suggestion is one that is constantly in and out of jail, jobless and maintains very little responsibility for self or others. Our young ladies are made to believe that if they do not look like Beyonce or some object that is “sexually arousing,” then they are not valuable in the eyes of anyone, including themselves. In response, many of those of the older generations within the culture become disgusted by the new trends and in their bitterness do not take the time to drop seeds of wisdom to the youth. Either this or in their attempts to stay relevant (A.K.A. “cool”) and therefore financially successful, the older folks pick up the negative trends that the younger generation has adopted, both in music and lifestyle. When all of this happens, there is no true guidance. Overall, what has been fostered for well over a decade across the board is a culture of death and disrespect and Hip Hop has been one of the main vehicles used in order to bring it into existence.

According to a recent national report compiled by Northeastern University criminologists, “54 percent of gun violence victims are black males between the ages of 14 and 17.” According to the same report, “the number of homicides involving black youths — as victims and perpetrators — surged by more than 30 percent from 2002 to 2007, even as overall murder rates across the U.S. have been relatively stable.” It is also noted in this same study that guns have increasingly became the weapon of choice since 2000 (by 40 percent). While the homicide rate among Latino youth is statistically not as high as among Black youth, it is found that the homicide rate among poor urban Latinos is still well over three times higher than the white homicide rate.

We must pose the question, “Can we afford to lose another generation of young people of color?” Emphatically, the answer is “No!” However, in order to effect a change, a new breed of role modeling within Hip Hop needs to be birthed. We can no longer compromise and simply settle with financially successful personalities who market and distribute music and fashion that promote violence, sexism and unintelligent mass consumerism to speak to young people as why they shouldn’t engage in these behaviors. These methods have proven to be ineffective.

This is why a national call is being made right now by a network of activists and artists within the culture to consolidate our efforts nationally and to engage young people in the process of actively rebuilding our economically wasted cities; ultimately devoting ourselves to a day of service that we claim for ourselves in which we are in control of a responsible image of Hip Hop that we can claim for ourselves.

For anyone interested in joining this national effort

We can be reached at
hiphopdos@yahoo.com
or call 754-246-0222.

MIAMI EMCEE OLYMPICS

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 at 7:29 am

DIFFERENCE MAKERS, INC. ANNOUNCES MIAMI’S FIRST EVER EMCEE OLYMPICS

MIAMI, Florida – Difference Makers, Inc. Non-Profit Organization is proud to announce Miami’s first ever Emcee Olympics set to take place Friday April 23rd, 2010 at the Historic Joseph Caleb Auditorium, 5400 NW 22nd Ave in the heart of the Liberty City Community! This is not your typical emcee battle. It is destined to be a memorable competition among Miami’s most fiercest and lyrical emcees involving 3 rounds of intense FREESTYLING.

DO NOT BE MISTAKEN!

THIS WILL BE A BATTLE OF THE MINDS, NOT PUNCHLINES!

In The competition emcees will be judged based on

(1) Creativity

(2) Content: relevance to topics or situations

(3) Stage Presence

Rounds will be organized in the following manner:

PRELIMINARY LIGHTNING ROUND: 20 emcees will showcase their best material in 4 bars.

ROUND ONE: The top 10 emcees from the preliminary lightning round will advance into this round which will involve freestyling about random images displayed on a screen.

ROUND TWO: The top 8 emcees will advance into this round which will be oriented towards flowing over tempo changing beats.

ROUND THREE: The final 6 emcees will be split into groups and will be given conflict scenarios.

The last 3 standing emcees with the most points awarded by Olympic Judges will win

CASH PRIZES:

GOLD – FIRST PLACE – $500

SILVER – SECOND PLACE – $300

BRONZE – THIRD PLACE – $200

ENTRY TO THE EVENT IS $10 (OR $5 WITH 2 CANNED GOODS FOR HAITI RELIEF)

EMCEE REGISTRATION FOR THE COMPETITION IS ON SITE ONLY, 8 PM – 9 PM, AND REQUIRES A $10 FLAT RATE FROM ALL COMPETITORS!

LATE COMERS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE COMPETITION!

2010 HIP HOP CONFERENCE CALFORNIA UNIVERSITY

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 at 7:24 am

MONDAY April 19th- FRIDAY April 23rd

California University (CALU) 2585 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh, PA
724-938-5788

A National Mobilization for Haitian Relief

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm

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Miami: Aid to Haiti Relief Drive

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm

 

Special Thanks to Laguardia Cross Jr

JOIN THE “HAITI RELIEF TASK FORCE” GROUP PAGE:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=246658989951&ref=share

DROP OFF LOCATIONS FOR SUPPLIES, ETC (BELOW)

MAIN WAREHOUSE LOCATIONS
7230 NW Miami Court, Miami FL 33150 Contact: Michelle Frasier 305-960-4660

SATELLITE LOCATIONS
Little River Service Center 6301 NE 2nd Ave Miami, FL 33138 M-F 8am-5pm 305-960-4660

Haitian American Law Association (Law Offices of Champagne & Surin) 480 NE 13 St Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304 M-Sat 9am-5pm 954-463-0709

Hallandale High School 720 NW 9th Ave Hallandale, FL 33009 M-F 7am-3pm 754-323-0900

MacTown 151 NE 62nd Street Miami, FL 33138 M-Sun 24 hours 305-495-2686

Miami Temple 9175 Southwest 44th Street, Miami FL 33165 305-223-2102

Magesco Inc. 7010 NE 4th Ct, Miami FL 33138 M-F 8:30-4:30pm 305-397-6711

Church of Healing Rain 8950 Stirling Rd., Hollywood FL 33024 954-431-3118

Paradise D&L Unisex Salon 7992 Riviera Blvd Miramar, FL 33023 305-303-7938

Salla’s Barber Shop 6970 Pembroke Rd. Pembroke Pines Fl 33023 Tues-Sun 10am – 8p 954-963-1037

Concerned African Women, Inc. 1505 NW 167th Street, Suite 101 Miami Gardens, FL 33169 (305) 621-3700

Nova Southeastern University (HPD-TERRY BLDG) 3200 S. University Drive
Davie, Fl 33328 954-317-8706

Living Word Community Church 5770 W. Oakland Park Blvd Lauderhill, Fl 33313 954.485.0090

Shalom Community Church Mon-Sun 9am-8pm 900 NE 132ST North Miami, FL 33161 (305) 892-9204

DIVAS BEAUTY SALON Mon-Sun 9am-9pm 15028 NE 6th Ave North Miami , Fl 33161

Next Level Barbershop Downtown, Miami 238 N.E. 1 st ave Miami, Fla
33132…305-374-3651 Colbert or Alain Monday-Saturday 9:30 am to 7pm

Agape Youth Ministry Center 1550 NE 165th St North Miami Beach, FL 33162 Hours are 930 am – 9pm. Contact info is 305-949-0935

Toussaint L’ ouverture High School 1325 Gateway Blvd Boynton Beach, FL tel: 561-738-9800. Opens at 7am

Evangel Church International 590 NW 159th St, Miami, FL 33169 Tel: (305) 945-4770
Opens at 10am

WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
6855 SW 152ND STREET IN PALMETTO BAY
PLEASE BRING CASES OF WATER UNTIL JANUARY 20TH

7155 Pembroke Rd Elisha American Dance Theater located in Valeros Gas Station plaza next to Perry Airport 2nd floor above Monfongos Restaraunt. Monday 18th from 10am-9pm, Tuesday -thursday (19th-21st) 10am-3pm

EVENTS

Churchill’s Pub – This Friday 1.15.10 Haitian Relief Fundraiser/Blood Donation Drive CONCERT @ 8pm (Sponsored by the UN). $10 Entry goes to The Red Cross Haitian Relief Fund. Free entry with Blood Donation. Featuring over 20 artists and special guest speakers…

Event -Friday January 15th, 2010 @ The Write Side Poet’s Cafe
5464 NW 19th Street, Lauderhill, FL 33313 8pm http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/event.php?eid=242573178614&ref=ts

Event- Sunday January 17th, 2010 @ Kitchen 305
16701 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles FL 33160 7pm
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=201736143671&ref=ts

Event-Sat Jan 23rd, 2010 @ The Wallflower Gallery
10 NE 3rd Street Down Town Miami, Fl 33132 10pm
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=247964873020&ref=ts

Local Artists come together for Haiti Relief

In Uncategorized on January 17, 2010 at 8:58 pm

 

Flint, Michigan

On January 16th community organizations, artists, and activists came together in an effort to respond to  the recent devastation in Haiti.  Raising over $1000 in food, clothing, and monetary donations, the night showed the power of collective efforts and what can be done when  people unite for one common goal.   In partnership with The M.I.A Music Is Alive Campaign, LINK Community Arts, Ankh Media Group, and RAISE IT UP! Youth Arts & Awareness all proceeds were donated to Wyclef John’s YELE HAITI fund.  

Performances by Amber Lakes, Jon Connor, Tunde Olaniran, Samiyah El-Amin, and others..

Special shouts to Natasha “Theory” Thomas Jackson, and DJ Mike A  for putting on this event.

photos by Arian Nicole Muhammad

HIP HOP FOR HAITI

In Uncategorized on January 13, 2010 at 3:37 pm

YES WE CAN DONATE INDIVIDUALLY..BUT THERE IS NOTHING LIKE BEING IN THE SAME ROOM WITH OTHERS OF LIKE MIND AND SPIRIT!

WE ARE CURRENTLY CREATING A DATA BASE OF ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT  ARE FOR  GREATER CAUSES.

IF YOU ARE HOLDING RELIEF EFFORTS FOR HAITI LET US KNOW! WE WANT TO LIST YOUR ORGANIZATION AND AMOUNT RAISED. LETS SHOW THE WORLD THAT HIP HOP CARES!

email:musicofamovement@yahoo.com

ATTN: hip-hop for haiti

or call 754.246.0222