Homeland Hip-Hop - Featuring Palestinian MCs - DAM, Queen GodIs, Iraqi MC - The Narcicyst, DJ Oja & DJ Laylo
Friday April 30 SOUTHPAW doors: 9pm show: 10pm tickets: $12 advance, $15 at the door (purchase at spsounds.com)
Featuring….Queen GodIs - poetry, hip hop, movement, and soul music fusion artist The Narcicyst - Iraqi hip hop artist and visionary and DAM - Palestine’s first hip hop crew, featured in Slingshot Hip Hop. This is their last show on their Spring U.S. Tour!
joined by DJ Oja and DJ Laylo on the 1’s and 2’s all night long!
Yo Miss! - Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide, Vol. 1
Friday, April 30th 7 PM at the Nuyorican Poets Café 236 East 3rd Street Between Ave B & C, New York, NY $15 advance/$20 door
A new play Conceived, Written and Performed by Judith Sloan Directed by Michael Dinwiddie Music Director Frank London
What happens when a middle-aged teaching artist survives a near fatal car accident and collides with the oncoming traffic of Hip Hop culture? In Yo Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide, Vol. 1 Judith Sloan remixes stories from twenty years of teaching immigrant/refugee teenagers and incarcerated youth as they grapple with the cataclysmic global events that shaped them. Through poetry, vivid character portrayals and music, Sloan brings their tales to life along with her own stories that reveal the ripple effects of the Holocaust on her family. Through art, teaching, humor, and pathos, she discovers resilience in the face of tragedy.
Hip-Hop Book Drive - Performances By Buckshot, Skyzoo, Torae, and Tanya Morgan
On Friday, April 30th Tanya Morgan presents the First Book Charity Concert and Book Drive at Crash Mansion. Curated by Tanya Morgan and Move Forward Music, the book drive concert will feature performances by hip-hop legend Buckshot, his Duck Down labelmates Skyzoo and Torae, and of course the Brooklynati trio themselves, plus many more special guest appearances.
Presented in association with Black Apple Intl., proceeds from the concert will be donated to First Book, a non-profit that provides books to underprivileged kids across the U.S. and Canada. In their 20 years of public service, First Book has donated 65 million books to children in need, combating one of the most significant problems in U.S. literacy and education: access to books. Right now, more than 80% of preschool and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for their children, which has led to 30 million people over age 16 in the U.S. who don’t read well enough to understand a newspaper story written at the eighth grade level or fill out a job application.
This is our chance to take part in making a change. Join us for this incredible concert, and get down with the cause!
When: Friday, April 30th 7:30 - 10pm Where: Crash Mansion, 199 Bowery Admission: $12 (donated to First Book), Used Books also welcome!
Face It! Musical - Presented by City-At-Peace in NYC
City at Peace- New York is proud to present its newest original musical written and performed by a diverse group of teenagers from the five boroughs of NYC.
Facebook famous Miranda and her older brother Brandon, a young journalist sent on his first assignment to cover the international scene, lead us on a virtual trip around the world. As Brandon discovers the harsh realities facing the world, Miranda begins to face her own isolation and the disillusionment it brings as she watches her friends confront the pressures of poverty, family secrets, falling in love, and abuse. In a world of ever more technological advance, the characters find they have fewer and fewer people to turn to. Will they stop running from the challenges in their lives? Will they find the courage to turn around and face what stands in their way?
Performances will be held at El Museo del Barrio (1230 5th Ave. @ 104th St.) on:
* Wednesday, May 5, 7:30pm * Thursday, May 6, 2009, 7:30pm * Friday, May 7, 2009, 7:30pm. * Saturday, May 8, 7:30pm
If you’d like to bring a group of young people to the show, we’d love to have you! We have a limited number of free and reduced-price tickets for schools and youth-serving organizations. Details and instructions on how to request tickets for your group can be found at this link: http://cpnational.org/ny/groups. Please submit all requests by Friday, April 30th.
Contact Program Manager, Kelly Claus at email@example.com or 212-924-9204.
Earth Day Remix Contest - DJ Spooky and Critical Beats invite you to participate in an Earth Day 2010
DJ Spooky and Critical Beats invite you to participate in an Earth Day 2010 remix contest, using tracks from Critical Beats’ library of Amazonian recordings. The winning track will be promoted and performed live by DJ Spooky in 3 DAYS!
Submit tracks to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9am April 22nd.
DJ Spooky wants to perform your Critical Beats remix this Earth Day at the New Earth Festival in Athens, GA., while also promoting it to his entire fan base. He will be selecting the winning track over the next few days so don’t delay.
All tracks must include samples from CB’s library of Amazonian recordings. If you’ve already submitted a track we’ll include it in the contest. If you’ve started working on a track finish it up and submit it to email@example.com ASAP.
Beyond The Bricks Screening - Fourth Annual Gathering of Leaders Re-imagining Schooling for Boys and Young Men of Color
Howard University’s School of Education is hosting the three day program from April 22 - 24 at the Westin Hotel in Center City, where scholars, leaders and policy advocates will convene to further develop a collaborative network of schools that nurtures success in boys of color. Author and Howard University Professor Dr. Ivory Toldson is tentatively scheduled to facilitate the post-screening discussion for youth on Saturday morning from 10:45am - 11:45am. Keynote Speaker: Marc Lamont Hil
“Arts and Activism on the Air” is a NEW! Internet radio show dedicated to unique and often unheard perspectives from people who live and work as artists and activists. For 30 minutes every last Sunday of the month, tune in for behind-the-scenes storytelling from or about those who are dedicated to changing the world…for good! This BlogTalkRadio show is executive produced by AKILA WORKSONGS, Inc. and hosted by APRIL R. SILVER. For inquiries and bookings, contact producer Drake Holliday at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groundbreaking! - Museum Celebrates Young People in Hip-Hop in Capetown, South Africa
By Zara Nicholson
When most people think hip hop, they think bling, sex and violence. But for the past 30 years the hip hop scene in Cape Town has been partly about social awareness.
Now local fathers of hip hop have opened the first ever South African Museum of Hip Hop to document and explain this complex history. The museum was opened in New Church Street last month.
Names like Prophets of the City, Black Noise and Ready D might sound familiar. But most people don’t know many young locals have been hip-hop ambassadors around the world. The new, warehouse-style museum already houses old speakers, vinyl, graffiti and pictures from the 1980s hip-hop scene. This marks the first phase of documenting the local hip hop movement.
In the “turbulent 1980s” - when the country experienced violent protests and the harshest forms of racism - hip hop was born as young people looked for something positive to hold on to. Scores of young people joined the established anti-apartheid movements, but others in Cape Town latched on to hip hop as a means of protest. The five elements of hip hop - graffiti, breakdancing, MCing, DJing and education - came to life in the early 1980s.
Groups like Prophets of the City and Black Noise started leading the scene, which saw youngsters sporting funky, brightly coloured, baggy clothing. Some spent their days learning head spins, windmills and various breakdancing styles. Others would get out spray cans and leave bold, colourful graffiti messages across Cape Flats walls and bridges. DJing became a favourite pastime and later a career for some, while MCing was probably the most obvious form of social consciousness, as people wrote lyrics about apartheid and other serious issues affecting the country.
Dancers toured South Africa and regularly took part in the SA Hip Hop Indaba Battle of the Year. Top dancing crews made it to the international Battle of the Year in Germany, competing against about 20 other countries. While many see b-boys as dancers taking on daring moves, many young people from Bishop Lavis, Mitchells Plain, Eerste River and other poor areas have performed on stages in Las Vegas, Germany, Paris and Norway.
Shamiel Adams, a founder of the museum and local hip hop scene, is one of many Capetonians who has represented the country through hip hop. In the early 1980s Adams, aka Shamiel X, started as a breakdancer, but then moved on to writing rhymes, DJing and graffiti. He has won a number of awards for his hip-hop expressions. He has also been involved in various social upliftment projects locally and abroad. He received a standing ovation for his talk on youth outreach programmes at the UN World Urban Forum in 2004. He is also chairman of the African Hip Hop Movement.
Adams and Ready D started the first independent radio show called Peace Radio in 1992. It was set up by the National Peace Secretariat. In 2000 Adams hosted the HIV intervention Youth Against Aids radio programme on Bush Radio, where young people from across Cape Town had discussions with health experts. The show won a Gold Award at the New York Radio Festival. Using hip hop to address serious issues has been a way of life for Adams, but the museum has an element of fun in its make-up.
“The notion of a museum is an interesting one and sits in a particular class of thought. Hip hop is mainly represented by kids doing things in their community as a means of social consciousness. So, with this museum we want young people to stake a claim in their city. This museum is really about celebrating the young people in hip hop. It’s a place for them to be acknowledged and respected. After 30 years, there is very little hip hop can root itself to in Cape Town. Hip hop is constantly doing good work and this place is about rooting the social consciousness movement.”
And Ya Don't Stop - The 120 Minute Epicenter of Hip-Hop and Rap Music
Public Enemy front man and Hip hop Icon Chuck D recently announced the launch of “…ANDYOUDONTSTOP! ” is a 2 hour radio broadcast on New York terrestrial radio station WBAI 99.5 FM. The show airs Monday nights from 9 - 11 PM EST. As importantly the show is blastcast and archived across the WorldWide Web on www.WBAI.org , and soon to be PODCAST on iTunes and BEYOND.FM
….ANDYOUDONSTOP! is an urban music magazine which according to MistaChuck, “Brings the noise with world beats, and issues, missing discussions, inside stories about the music, labels, producers, writers, and fanatics about this”. Its the 120 minute epicenter of Rap Music and HipHop. …
.The .ANDYOUDON’TSTOP! men and women charged with the duty of delivering this audio magazine show are co-hosts Public Enemy Producer DJ Johnny Juice, and radio veteran and on-air personality WildMan Steve. The Executive producer of the show is Andrea Rose Clarke of WBAI and the engineer and producer of the show is DJ Johnny Juice. All with legendary radio experience at the foundation of the artform and genre.
Art, Rhyme & Wine - Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem
The Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem (currently known as H2C2) and two local businesses, Canvas Paper and Stone Gallery and The Winery, have come together to produce a special affair titled “Art, Rhyme & Wine”. This unique event will feature art exhibitions, spoken word, live music & performances, wine tasting, and networking. Come see some of the amazing artwork that is featured in the Canvas Paper and Stone Gallery. The CPS Gallery is a contemporary fine art venue that focuses on emerging and mid-career artists in all media. Among its objectives is informing and educating its client base, buyers and collectors, about contemporary visual art.
In addition, H2C2 will recognize Washington Koen Media for its work promoting success among youth through education and mentoring with the film Beyond the Bricks. There is enough activity for everyone so be sure to mark your calendars for Friday, April 30th, 2010, from 7:00pm - 9:30pm. You must be 21+ to mingle and the entry fee is $10.00 with a business card and $20.00 without. If you have any questions feel free to contact Natassia Seward @ 212-234-7171 or Natassia@h2c2harlem.com. H2C2 is a facility that conducts Hip Hop centric education youth programs, sneaker battles, art exhibitions, and corporate special events. We are located at 2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd., 2nd Floor of the Magic Johnson Theater in the heart of Harlem, along 125th Street shopping district.
HomeGrown: HipLife in Ghana - Free Screening at Teachers College, Columbia University
Thursday, April 15, 2010 7:00pm - 8:45pm Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi’s new film, HomeGrown: HipLife in Ghana, is a feature-length documentary about V.I.P. (Vision In Progress). The film documents ten years of their journey from the ghetto in Accra to their first international tour. They grow from being teenagers with a shared dream to musicians with fans around the world.
Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs 179 Grace Dodge
Teachers College, Columbia University 525 West 120th Street New York, NY 10027
NYU Hip-Hop [Re]presented - An Evening of Spoken Word, Dance, & Music
Location: THE STUDIO @ WEBSTER HALL! (125 East 11th Street b/w 3rd & 4th Ave) Date/Time: Sunday, April 11 at 7-10pm Age: 18+ At the door: ONLY $5 with Facebook RSVP! So just click Attending and you’ll only pay $5. (No RSVP = $7 w/ NYU ID, $10 w/out)*
*All proceeds go to the Hip Hop Education Center for Research, Evaluation & Training and Lyrics on Lockdown.
Featuring: Genesis Be feat. Ebonie Smith Green Street J-Stone Sophia LaVonne + Dancers Kim Elliot + Dancers The Breakdance Club Libby Mislan Eden Jeffries
A Call To Action - Recruiting 1,000 Men as Volunteers to Make Chicago a Safer City
Sixty-three Community Organizations Do What Chicago Police Can’t Do: Change the Lives of Black and Latino Youth for the Better through Mentoring. Saint Sabina Church on Friday, April 9, 2009, will sign up 1,000 men and women who are willing to volunteer as mentors and peace workers in Chicago.
The Black Star Project, the Faith Community of Saint Sabina and Men II Boys are seeking 1,000 mentors to inspire and motivate youth, teach youth about entrepreneurship and the keys to employment, teach youth to respect elders and women, encourage family development, provide spiritual guidance, promote the value of higher education, teach youth to clean and secure their communities and introduce youth to alternatives to violence.
The Lottery - Documentary on Harlem Success Academy, one of the most successful schools in New York
The Schomburg’s Public Education Program invites parents and educators to this exclusive community screening of the film The Lottery,a feature-length documentary that delves into the ferocious debate surrounding the education reform movement. Directed by Madeleine Sackler and shot by award-winning cinematographer Wolfgang Held, The Lottery explores the struggles and dreams of four families from Harlem and the Bronx in the months leading up to the lottery for Harlem Success Academy, one of the most successful schools in New York. This screening will be followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker and special guests.
April 10, 2010 1:00 PM Free admission Full-screen Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 515 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, NY 10037-1801 Phone: (212) 491-2200
PENUMBRA (a shadow of a shadow) is a one man Hip-Hop Musical that autobiographically illustrates the life of Anthony Martinez, a young Puerto Rican growing up in the Bronx who powerfully confronts issues concerning family, social injustice, and self-identity. Raised by a single mother, Anthony is challenged to discover manhood by first seeking to reclaim his Taino heritage. This multimedia event utilizes an array of images, videos, and sounds to journey through stories that speak on a son trying to rekindle a lost relationship with his father. [Running Time: 60 min]
PENUMBRA is the first of a four musical narrative tetralogy fusing Hip Hop, Spoken Word and Theater to present an autobiographical memoir dealing with issues concerning family and self identity. Conceptually influenced by Platos Allegory of the Cave, this one man show imaginatively journeys from character to character and psychologically explores the intangibility of becoming ones highest self. Utilizing multiple mediums of visuals arts and sound, Penumbra aims to challenge tradition and invigorate enlightenment through ancestry in a present day context within the Latin American Diaspora.
Rousing and Fiercely passionate, Alixa and Naima comprise the soul-sister co-conspiracy of rebel artists known as Climbing Poetree. With roots in Haiti and Colombia, Alixa and Naima Reside in Brooklyn and track footprints across the country and globe on a mission to overcome destruction w creativity. In five self organized tours, Climbing Poetree has catalyzed over 500 crowds in more than 70 cities from Oakland to Atlanta, Johannesburg to Havana with artist such as Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Erykah Badu, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Alicia Keys, Nikki Giovanni, Toshi Reagon, former president of Ireland Mary Robinson, Danny Glover, the Last Poets & Dead Prez.
When: Tuesday, April 6th 2010 Show: 7:30pm
COLUMBIA U, Lerner Hall 2920 Broadway @ 115th st 1 train to 116th st
"UNIVERSES is in Vermont with "Live from The Edge" and will be at Dartmouth (NH) next week with "AMERIVILLE" (Limited engagements).
Event: UNIVERSES (LIVE!) in Vermont - hosted by: SANDGLASS Theater What: Performance Start Time: Friday, April 9 at 8:00pm End Time: Saturday, April 10 at 10:00pm Where: Bellows Falls Opera House at 7 Square, Bellows Falls, VT 05101-0370 and New England Youth Theater at 100 Flat Street Brattleboro, VT 05301
Bum Rush the Boards - 5th Annual Hip Hop Chess Tournament in Washington, DC
Words Beats & Life, Inc. in conjunction with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Office of the City Administrator, The Historical Society of Washington, and the Columbia Heights Youth Club are proud to present Washington, DC’s only hip-hop chess tournament. For the past 4 years, Words Beats & Life, Inc. has combined hip-hop culture and the game of chess to illustrate innovative educational strategies that encourage participants to think critically about their future and invest in their own success.
This year our 5th annual tournament will consists of; chess, arts workshops, a gallery show, creation of a Mural, an event mixtape, films, and guest speakers. There will be competitive chess and instruction for all ages as well a separate track for adults. Our Arts workshops will incorporate the Geometry of graffiti, the Physics of b-boying, the Mechanical engineering of turntables, and the Technology of emceeing.
Second Life - Global Kids' Winter 2010 Roundtable on Virtual Worlds and Nonprofits
You are cordially invited to Global Kids’ Winter 2010 Roundtable on Virtual Worlds and Nonprofits on Monday April 12, from 12-1pm PST on MacArthur Island in Second Life (teleport link). Representatives of six nonprofit organizations will give brief presentations on their initial explorations of Second Life and other virtual worlds, and how they are thinking of integrating these virtual tools into their organizations’ respective missions. Afterwards, there will be an open discussion about the applications of virtual worlds for various public good purposes.
The event is open to the public, with a special welcome to nonprofits, activists, educators, and developers.
Representatives of the following organizations will be presenting:
* Child Welfare League of America * Health Consumers Alliance of South Australia * Hip-Hop Education Center * Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health * United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland, Inc * V.O.I.C.E. Community Development Corp
Each of these organizations has just completed the Global Kids’ Virtual World Capacity Building Program, a four-week intensive exposure to virtual worlds for public good institutions. The event will be moderated by Global Kids and take place at the MacArthur Island Amphitheater (click here to teleport.) For more information about the Virtual World Capacity Building Program join the program’s group on the EdgeProject.org or Contact Amira Fouad at email@example.com. The VWCBP is supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Working Together - Education Voters Young Professional Network of NY
Do you believe that all children deserve a high quality education? Are you trying to figure out how you can still have an impact after the 2008 election?
Join us on April 15 to launch the Education Voters Young Professional Network.
Education Voters Young Professional Network is a group of young professionals working together to leverage our skills, talent and relationships to advocate for sound education policy, so that all of our children receive the high quality learning opportunities they need and deserve. Click here for more on the Ed Voters Young Professional Network.
Teaching Artist Needed in NY - The Laundomat Project
The Laundromat Project seeks five (5) Teaching Artists skilled in book making, carpentry, photography, painting & drawing, sculpture & 3D projects, textiles or another set of creative practices that can be adapted to outdoor, drop-in workshops, to participate in our art education program, Works in Progress. The focus of Works in Progress is to make art education more readily available in our community-regardless of income, age, or background. We believe it is a basic human right to use our imaginations in the service of a better life. When The Laundromat Project has moved into our laundry-based art center, we will offer a full roster of studio art and visual literacy courses. In the interim, we have developed programming in community spaces across the city.
Teaching duties will include leading a series of art-making workshops at an active Harlem laundromat; facilitating drop-in activities at summer festivals; and other similar activities to take place in the public sphere between May and October 2010. Members of The LP teaching faculty will also have access to other opportunities within the organization, including establishing an annual contract if there is a mutual fit.
Successful candidates will have:
· 2+ years experience working as a Teacher or Teaching Artist, preferably in community-based settings
· Excellent people skills
· Capacity to apply their creative practice to larger issues, themes, or topics that have social relevance
· Experience working with a range of age groups simultaneously
· Ability to problem solve
· A creative practice that can be adapted to outdoor workshops
Ideal candidates will also live in Harlem and have NYCDOE certification
Interested candidates should submit the following materials to Petrushka Bazin at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 9, 2010:
· Cover letter, which highlights previous experience that has prepared you for this role,
· Two (2) samples of past lesson plans
· Three references with contact information for each
Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. All interviews will take place Saturday, April 17, 2010. Additionally, Teaching Artists selected for the program will be required to attend a program orientation on May 1, 2010.
About The Laundromat Project
The Laundromat Project is a community-based non-profit arts organization committed to the well-being of people of color living on low incomes. Understanding that creativity is a central component of healthy human beings, vibrant neighborhoods, and thriving economies, we commission public art projects and host art-making workshops in local coin-ops throughout the city. In this way, we aim to raise the quality of life in New York City for people whose incomes do not guarantee broad access to mainstream arts and cultural facilities. As an organization, we emphasize social equity; the power of the collective; shared leadership; listening and humility; and of course, creativity and the power of the imagination.
EdVox - NYC Coalition for Educational Justice announces new blog
The NYC Coalition for Educational Justice announces the launch of EdVox, a new blog on education in New York City written by parents, students and community members from the neighborhoods most affected by under-resourced and under-performing schools, from Highbridge to Washington Heights, and from Crown Heights to Corona.
EdVox will help fill a major void in the education blogosphere - voices from the communities that constitute the majority of students in the school system and are thus most impacted by the hot issues in education policy. The blog will cover parent and student perspectives on local, statewide and national issues.