First Wave Scholarship Application Available
It’s that time of year again! We are currently accepting applications for the 9th  Cohort of First Wave (2015-16). Do you know any young community-oriented artistic scholars who are interested in joining a community of like-minded, innovative leaders from across the nation? Who might be interested in a four-year full tuition scholarship to a world-class university, valued up to $125,000? Send them our way!

http://www.omai.wisc.edu.

First Wave Scholarship Application Available

It’s that time of year again! We are currently accepting applications for the 9th  Cohort of First Wave (2015-16). Do you know any young community-oriented artistic scholars who are interested in joining a community of like-minded, innovative leaders from across the nation? Who might be interested in a four-year full tuition scholarship to a world-class university, valued up to $125,000? Send them our way!

http://www.omai.wisc.edu.

In honor of Nas‘ birthday, Extra P, aka Large Professor, has teamed up with G-Wiz for “In The Scrolls.” The track is a tribute to Nas’ groundbreaking debut album, Illmatic, and appears on Extra P’s upcoming project Living Legend.

Over a self-produced cinematic instrumental, Large Professor describes Nas, aka the “40-side poet supreme,” and how they met. G-Wiz, on the other hand, describes “the best rap he ever heard Nas say,” which Nas consequently ended up losing on the train.

Listen to the “In The Scrolls” above and purchase the track here.

Large Professor Nas

i.am Makerspace: Empowering Creators in Disadvantaged Communities

will.i.am takes us on a walk through his home of Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. Find out why he wants to TRANS4M this neighborhood and other communities like it.

phillipdrummond:

@tfs_beats #todaysfuturesound is for the #kids #youth #hiphoped #beats #beatmaking at @elfestivalsf w/ @keithmcmilleninstruments #quneo @flstudioofficial #flstudio in action in #sf #sanfrancisco #california (at Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco, CA)


TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE FROM SEPT 12
A documentary about the soul of American music. The film follows the recording of a new album featuring legends from Stax records and Memphis mentoring and passing on their musical magic to stars and artists of today. Starring Snoop Dogg and Terrence Howard.
12-Sept NYC @ AMC Village 7 12-Sept NYC @ Regal’s E-Walk 12-Sept SF @ Embarcadero 12-Sept Baldwin Hills, CA @ Cinemark Crenshaw Plaza 15 12-Sept Berkeley @ Shattuck 12-Sept San Rafael @ Smith Film Center 12-Sept Memphis @ Paradisio 12-Sept W. Hollywood @ Sundance Sunset  12-Sept Los Angeles @ Royal 12-Sept Pasadena @ Playhouse 7 12-Sept N. Hollywood @ Laemmle’s NoHo 12-Sept Irvine @ UTC  12-Sept Scottsdale, AZ @ Camelview
19-Sept San Diego @ Landmark 19-Sept Atlanta @ Midtown Art 19-Sept San Jose @ Camera 3 19-Sept DC @ E Street
http://www.takemetotheriver.livingfilm.com

TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE FROM SEPT 12

A documentary about the soul of American music. The film follows the recording of a new album featuring legends from Stax records and Memphis mentoring and passing on their musical magic to stars and artists of today. Starring Snoop Dogg and Terrence Howard.

12-Sept NYC @ AMC Village 7
12-Sept NYC @ Regal’s E-Walk
12-Sept SF @ Embarcadero
12-Sept Baldwin Hills, CA @ Cinemark Crenshaw Plaza 15
12-Sept Berkeley @ Shattuck
12-Sept San Rafael @ Smith Film Center
12-Sept Memphis @ Paradisio
12-Sept W. Hollywood @ Sundance Sunset
12-Sept Los Angeles @ Royal
12-Sept Pasadena @ Playhouse 7
12-Sept N. Hollywood @ Laemmle’s NoHo
12-Sept Irvine @ UTC
12-Sept Scottsdale, AZ @ Camelview

19-Sept San Diego @ Landmark
19-Sept Atlanta @ Midtown Art
19-Sept San Jose @ Camera 3
19-Sept DC @ E Street

http://www.takemetotheriver.livingfilm.com

SOURCE360 
SOURCE360, a production of The NorthStar Group, will be a cultural and community celebration embodying the entire spectrum of art, music, film & television, fashion, sports, dance and digital technology inspired by Hip-Hop. 
Venues include various cultural institutuions such as The Barclays Center, BAM, Mark Morris Dance Center, LIU Brooklyn, Albee Square Plaza and many others.   
SOURCE360 will be a very special event celebrating the innovation and creativity inspired by Hip-Hop, and representative of Brooklyn’s diverse cultural tapestry!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/source360-all-access-passes-tickets-12467886785

SOURCE360 

SOURCE360, a production of The NorthStar Group, will be a cultural and community celebration embodying the entire spectrum of art, music, film & television, fashion, sports, dance and digital technology inspired by Hip-Hop.

Venues include various cultural institutuions such as The Barclays Center, BAM, Mark Morris Dance Center, LIU Brooklyn, Albee Square Plaza and many others.  

SOURCE360 will be a very special event celebrating the innovation and creativity inspired by Hip-Hop, and representative of Brooklyn’s diverse cultural tapestry!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/source360-all-access-passes-tickets-12467886785

Source360

The Hip-Hop Underground and African American Culture

Beneath the Surface

The underground is a multi-faceted concept in African American culture. Peterson explores a variety of “underground” concepts at the intersections of African American literature and hip-hop culture, using Richard Wright, KRS-One, Thelonious Monk, and the tradition of the Underground Railroad, among other examples. He explores the manifestations and the attributes of the underground within the context of a more panoramic picture of African American expressivity, situated at black cultural and conceptual crossroads.
http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/the-hiphop-underground-and-african-american-culture-james-braxton-peterson/?K=9781137305244

The Hip-Hop Underground and African American Culture

Beneath the Surface

The underground is a multi-faceted concept in African American culture. Peterson explores a variety of “underground” concepts at the intersections of African American literature and hip-hop culture, using Richard Wright, KRS-One, Thelonious Monk, and the tradition of the Underground Railroad, among other examples. He explores the manifestations and the attributes of the underground within the context of a more panoramic picture of African American expressivity, situated at black cultural and conceptual crossroads.

http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/the-hiphop-underground-and-african-american-culture-james-braxton-peterson/?K=9781137305244

James Peterson

Liberating Self Expression of young people & documenting their contributions to history in Africa.

Are you passionate about young people in Africa? Do you want to see how indigenous hip hop has liberated young people’s self expression in Uganda and around Africa?  This is the right campaign to support!!

This campaign is to help support Uganda Hiphop Archivist & cultural photojournalist Daniel Gilbert Bwette buy a new DSLR camera (Canon EOS 60D with 2  extra lens) to document and archive the indigenous hip hop culture in Uganda and around Africa.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/archiving-african-hiphop-through-photography

bgirlmedia:

Djing for a cause Fri 10-3-14! Dancing 4 a cure! At Bourbon (formerly Nola’s) in the arts district #DTLA!! @djbgirl

bgirlmedia:

Djing for a cause Fri 10-3-14!
Dancing 4 a cure! At Bourbon (formerly Nola’s) in the arts district #DTLA!! @djbgirl

phillipdrummond:

Two @tfs_beats #TodaysFutureSound students listening to their track in #eastoakland #oakland at Greenleaf Elementary where #TFS taught last year! #hiphoped #beats #beatmaking #musiced #youth #artseducation #Artsed #HipHop

phillipdrummond:

Two @tfs_beats #TodaysFutureSound students listening to their track in #eastoakland #oakland at Greenleaf Elementary where #TFS taught last year! #hiphoped #beats #beatmaking #musiced #youth #artseducation #Artsed #HipHop

Preemptive Ed Conference 2014: Critical Literacy and Connected Learning 
 Urban Word NYC 

Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 6:30 PM - Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
Urban Word NYC, the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs at NYU, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Hip Hop Education Center, the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, and El Puente present the 2014 Preemptive Education Conference, featuring a dy­namic weekend training series that engages the best practices in spoken word, hip-hop, urban arts, and social justice education. This year’s theme is “Critical Literacy and Connected Learning (CL2).”
The Preemptive Education Meeting finds its roots in the Urban Word NYC’s Annual Mentor, Teacher, Educator & Community Activist Training. The meeting aims to examine critical issues that affect today’s youth, while providing creative and practical resources to address them. Using the power of spoken word poetry and hip-hop as the lens to explore language and privilege, participants will learn best practices in stu­dent-centered and critical pedagogy from professionals in key fields of education, youth development, and spoken word & hip-hop.
 
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th 2014, 7-9pm FREE to the Public
Maxine Greene Lecture Series and Kick-off Mixer
Location: Teachers College, Columbia University
Lecture series and kick-off mixers @ Teachers College, Columbia University (Milbank Chapel). This opening night lecture series will feature Holly Fairbank, Director of the Maxine Greene Center for Aesthetic Education, and Khary Lazarre-White, Co-founder and ED of The BrotherHood, Sister Sol! 
 
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th 2014, 7-9pm FREE to the Public
Poetry is Pedagogy
Word Life Panel & Performance @ NYU (Room TBD)
This powerful panel of youth poets paired with academic/organic intellectuals serves as the springboard for a community dialogue surrounding issues of pedagogy, hip-hop, and social justice! Featuring Dr. Sara Zaidi, Russell Granet, Jay Smooth, and Dr. David Kirkland! 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th 2014, 9am-5pm
Professional Development
Hands-on Workshops @ NYU 
Building on the opening night’s dialogue, educators, academics, teaching artists, community leaders, and youth lead hands-on professional development sessions to innovate and cultivate the craft of progressive pedagogy! 
 
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2014
Pedagogy in Practice & YOUTH DAY CONCERT!!!
Youth Day and Concert @ El Puente: Leaders for Peace and Justice, 211 South 4th Street (Brooklyn)
This cumulative final day of the conference invites educators to witness critical hip-hop, spoken word and digital pedagogical approaches in practice with a day of youth workshops followed by an Urban Word concert of YOUTH artists! Featuring the The Forum Project’s Theater of the Oppressed group and the Peace Poets!!!
 
WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING YOU!!!
 
FOR INQUIRIES OR FURTHER DETAILS PLEASE EMAIL jamila.lyiscott@gmail.com

Preemptive Ed Conference 2014: Critical Literacy and Connected Learning

Urban Word NYC

Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 6:30 PM - Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

Urban Word NYC, the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs at NYU, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Hip Hop Education Center, the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, and El Puente present the 2014 Preemptive Education Conference, featuring a dy­namic weekend training series that engages the best practices in spoken word, hip-hop, urban arts, and social justice education. This year’s theme is “Critical Literacy and Connected Learning (CL2).”

The Preemptive Education Meeting finds its roots in the Urban Word NYC’s Annual Mentor, Teacher, Educator & Community Activist Training. The meeting aims to examine critical issues that affect today’s youth, while providing creative and practical resources to address them. Using the power of spoken word poetry and hip-hop as the lens to explore language and privilege, participants will learn best practices in stu­dent-centered and critical pedagogy from professionals in key fields of education, youth development, and spoken word & hip-hop.

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th 2014, 7-9pm FREE to the Public

Maxine Greene Lecture Series and Kick-off Mixer

Location: Teachers College, Columbia University

Lecture series and kick-off mixers @ Teachers College, Columbia University (Milbank Chapel). This opening night lecture series will feature Holly Fairbank, Director of the Maxine Greene Center for Aesthetic Education, and Khary Lazarre-White, Co-founder and ED of The BrotherHood, Sister Sol!

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th 2014, 7-9pm FREE to the Public

Poetry is Pedagogy

Word Life Panel & Performance @ NYU (Room TBD)

This powerful panel of youth poets paired with academic/organic intellectuals serves as the springboard for a community dialogue surrounding issues of pedagogy, hip-hop, and social justice! Featuring Dr. Sara Zaidi, Russell Granet, Jay Smooth, and Dr. David Kirkland! 



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th 2014, 9am-5pm

Professional Development

Hands-on Workshops @ NYU

Building on the opening night’s dialogue, educators, academics, teaching artists, community leaders, and youth lead hands-on professional development sessions to innovate and cultivate the craft of progressive pedagogy! 

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2014

Pedagogy in Practice & YOUTH DAY CONCERT!!!

Youth Day and Concert @ El Puente: Leaders for Peace and Justice, 211 South 4th Street (Brooklyn)

This cumulative final day of the conference invites educators to witness critical hip-hop, spoken word and digital pedagogical approaches in practice with a day of youth workshops followed by an Urban Word concert of YOUTH artists! Featuring the The Forum Project’s Theater of the Oppressed group and the Peace Poets!!!

 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING YOU!!!

 

FOR INQUIRIES OR FURTHER DETAILS PLEASE EMAIL jamila.lyiscott@gmail.com

Spit. A Short Film by Mtume Gant

Spit is an attempt to unpack the experience that so many artists fall victim to. It follows Jeremiah “Monk-One” Sinclair, an underground NY Hip Hop artist, as he reaches the conclusion to let his vocation go simply because he feels it causes him more pain to practice and “starve” for his art than to persevere. But unlike normal films where we watch the lead character go through their trial like a silent intruder, Spit will take a different perspective. It will be a point-of-view film, totally from the eyes of Monk-One. Inspired by the works of Andrei Tarkovsky, his masterpiece “The Mirror” in particular, the film will focus less on narrative and will instead aim to be an experience of life through heartbeat and breath. Using the camera as his eyes and brain, we shall witness his viewpoint as he navigates faithlessness, race, gender roles, manhood, and American capitalism’s stranglehold over artistic expression, all within the beast that is New York. It is an homage to all the artists who struggle in silence and all those who disappear in the struggle, leaving us to wonder where they’ve gone.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/spit-a-short-film-by-mtume-gant

Soundtrack ‘63 (ST63) is a multi-media, live music performance that engages viewers in a cultural and artistic retrospective of the Civil Rights Movement. Originally produced by 651 ARTS and developed by Creative Director Chen Lo as part of the “Movement ‘63” series to commemorate the struggle for civil and human rights in the United States, ST63 premiered in February 2013 to sold out audiences. The show features spirituals, protest songs, and popular music throughout the 20th century performed by an orchestra directed by Asante’ Amin. It also includes appearances Dr. Cornel West and Sonia Sanchez, and performances by Abiodun Oyewole and Blitz the Ambassador. A 3-channel video installation, crafted by Elektric Breakfast, consisting of archival footage and animation serves as the backdrop for the songs. Videos and visual effects are mixed live to sync with the music.

Why do we need your support?

To cover the following costs to remount this production: Production Equipment Rentals, Tech Personnel, Artist/Musician Fees, PR and Marketing Consultant, PR and Marketing Materials, Rehearsal Space,  Video and Audio Documentation,  Security, and  Curriculum development.

When can I see it?

We are thrilled to announce that this October 3rd & 4th 2014, 651 ARTS, Soul Science and Elektric Breakfast in partnership with the Department of Culture and Media at The New School will host an encore presentation of ST63 in their new state-of-the-art Tishman Auditorium.

Why 1963?

The events of the mid to late 1950s through the early 1960s led to a surge in the dynamic African-American movement for civil and human rights.

By 1963, national tensions reached a boiling point. That year the United States experienced challenging events with deep social and historical implications. These events produced a poignant national dialogue on race that still lingers with the nation today.

As the historical anniversaries of monumental Civil Rights Movement events occur and the struggle to reconcile American history persists, it is important for the next generation of leaders and creators to understand the complexities of the social dynamics they have inherited. It is equally as important for them to engage these issues with a creative lens, as they will require unorthodox solutions.

Who’s part of it?

651 ARTS is Brooklyn based performing arts organization that seeks to deepen awareness of and appreciation for contemporary performing arts and culture of the African Diaspora, and to provide professional and creative opportunities for performing artists of African descent.