– FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – A Tale of Two Cities: Black August B'Earthday Celebration Honoring Russell Maroon Shoatz's 70th Birthday Friday, August 23, 2013: 7PM to 9PM The Union Project: 801 N Negley Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA $10 in advance, $15 at the door Saturday, August 24th, 2013: 7PM to 9PM The National Black Theatre: 2031 5th ave | New York, NY $15 in advance, $20 at the door Tickets available at: www.scientificsoulsessions.com ________________________________________________________________________ On August 23 & 24th, 2013, from 7pm-9pm, the Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz, in collaboration with Scientific Soul Sessions, Movement in Motion, and Human Rights Coalition-Fed Up! will be hosting events in Pittsburgh and New York City to celebrate Maroon's 70th birthday. Maroon, who has spent close to 30 years in solitary confinement in the state of Pennsylvania, is a crucial symbol in the growing movement against the long-standing practice of solitary, which amounts to unconstitutional torture under international human rights law. His case, currently being reviewed by the United Nations, is under heavy scrutiny as he has been relocated to a lowersecurity facility at SCI-Mahanoy, whose administration has recommended that he be released into general population. It is only Pennsylvania's Department of Correction (DOC) Secretary John Wetzel that stands in the way of Maroon's freedom from torture. The dual-city event will feature artists and speakers from across the country committed to building a unified national movement to end torture and solitary confinement. On Friday August 23rd at Pittsburgh's Union Project, Onxy Award-winning actress and nationally recording performance poet Vanessa German will share the stage with koto master Yumi Kurosawa. New York City-based spiritchild of Zulu Nation will also perform, along with baritone saxophonist and composer Benjamin Barson. Joyce Wagner form Iraq veterans against the war, and Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center, will lend commentary to the event. On Saturday August 24th at the National Black Theatre in Harlem, New York, guests will experience a special invited guest poet, NEA award-recipient and American Book Award Winner Sonia Sanchez alongside the Grammy-award winning pianist and Latin jazz master-composer Arturo O'Farrill. spiritchild will return with his acclaimed hip-hop jazz outfit, Mental Notes, and the youth artists of Art Start. Award-winning hip-hop journalist Rosa Celemnte will be speaking as well. Finally, movement in motion's and Zulu Nation's visual artists, ziedah diata and xen medina, respectively, will grace the theatre with aesthetic tributes to Maroon. The August 23rd and 24th events are sponsored by Scientific Soul Sessions, a multigenerational group united by the drive to pre-figure a new society free of imperialism, colonization, racism, heteropatriarchy, and capitalist exploitation. An explicitly revolutionary political/cultural organization, Scientific Soul stands against all forms of social inequality, and stands for the dignity and self-determination of oppressed peoples. The leadership for this movement will first and foremost be women and oppressed nationalities, and is based on both excellence and experimentation. For more information�� visit www.scientificsoulsessions.com
The Bronx Defenders Community Block Party Wednesday July 10 , 2013 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM 160th Street (between Courtlandt and Melrose Avenues) Bronx, New York From The Bronx Defenders: The Community Block Party is a fun, safe venue for children, community members, and our clients to enjoy free food, music and entertainment, play games, participate in arts and crafts, register to vote, compete in dance and basketball competitions, and connect with local community groups and important social service organizations. This year, we will have performances by local groups, raffle prizes, a DJ, face-painting, a pony-ride, carnival games and treats, and a moon bounce. We will provide information on our services for community members, and our partnering local community service groups will be providing medical advice and information, voter registration, immigration help, affordable housing info, and much more. For more information, contact Kamau Butcher at email@example.com or 718-838-7832.
[Description] A JERICHO MOVEMENT FUNDRAISER @ ZUMIX (260 Sumner St, East Boston) Come out and support political prisoners by getting down to righteous hip-hop- sounds like a good plan right? [$10 suggested donation] http://www.thejerichomovement.com/ FEATURING: spiritchild & ART START YOUTH: spiritchild brings the heartbeat of hip-hop intertwined with revolutionary rhymes- he'll be joined by fantastic performers from Art Start Youth. The purpose of ART START is to nurture the voices, hearts and minds of at-risk youth through creative arts workshops conducted daily inside homeless shelters and alternative to incarceration programs throughout New York City. Featuring Miky, Prince Akeem & Phyre www.art-start.org www.xspiritmental.com NOT4PROPHET (of the X-Vandals): "X-Vandals are underground street soldiers battling for the very heart and soul of this upside down society. They're this generations guerrilla graffiti artists, spraying the stage with a wild style statement of purpose and bombing a multi-colored musical manifesto on all trains of thought in todays false representation of our Hip Hop culture. X-Vandals is simply reality's writing on the wall" - DMC of RUN DMC http://agitrap.com/x_vandals/ SPIDER CIDER: Hip-hop/Jazz from the heart http://spidercidermusic.bandcamp.com/ EVAN GREER: radical queer folk-punk-mama kicking catchy singalongs for liberation http://www.evangreer.org/ ZUMIX FREESTYLE FRIDAYS CREW: Subculture Rap Crew: Javi - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Javi/111040585682756?fref=ts DeAndre- https://www.facebook.com/DeAndreMA1?fref=ts NAP- https://www.facebook.com/napmuzic?fref=ts Canopus- https://www.facebook.com/Canopusmusic?fref=ts: Smiill- http://www.youtube.com/romeentertainment
[Description] This workshop gives a brief historical time line of black & brown liberation struggles and resistance through the origins and roots of hip hop. What has been the role of art / hip hop in social struggles? What is hip hop (defined as a culture) and what are the elements that make hip hop? Through various creative exercises, music presentations and discussion we will reignite the imagination with art / hip hop to bring forth solutions and tactics for social change. featuring performances by spiritchild along with Miky, Prince Akeem and Phyre of Art Start. 2pm in the Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism (basement of the GSU) About spiritchild: spiritchild, as he is known, is a freedom singer from the south Bronx by way of Brooklyn, who uses the arts to cultivate a cultural revolution. He integrates activism and hip hop into music production and workshops. He is a member of the Universal Zulu Nation and the founder of the International Movement In Motion Artist & Activist Collective. As the Rhythmic Poet of the Hip Hop Fusion Band Mental Notes, he uses his music to converse with his audience to the injustices facing the poor and oppressed and inspires action on environmental and social justice issues in New York City and around the world. He is an instructor for recording, writing and production at several public schools throughout New York, and facilitates the process of personal and artistic development internationally on seasonal tours in Afrika, South East Asia, Europe and elsewhere. spiritchild has produced, recorded and performed with award winning grammy nominee Maya Azucena, legendary Les Nubians, The Last Poets & Gil Scott-Heron’s Midnight Band, spoken word Nuyorican poets champion Ainsley Burrows, The Coup, X-Vandals & Ricanstructions very own N4P to name a few. Balance has been created between the personal and artistic development by engaging and working with the youth through hip hop pedagogy as program director of Youth Offender Outreach and Emerging Artist and Residency programs at Art Start and continuing the work at outside Juvenile Detention Facilitates and alternative to incarceration programs. He has also worked with intellectually disabled and psychologically diagnosed adults in the Bronx providing counseling and coordinating events and activities pertaining to the culture of Hip Hop.
You are Invited to The Bronx Defenders 2012 Community Block Party WHAT: The Bronx Defenders Community Block Party is a fun, safe venue for children and community members to enjoy free food, music and entertainment, play games, participate in arts and crafts, register to vote, compete in a basketball competition, and connect with community groups and social service organizations. The Block Party will have performances by local groups, a raffle, face-painting, clowns and balloon animals, a pony-ride, relay races, carnival games and treats, and a moon bounce! The Bronx Defenders and partnering community organizations will provide information about their services for attendees. WHEN: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 from 12pm-5pm. WHERE: East 160th Street between Courtlandt and Melrose Avenues WHO: The Bronx Defenders is a non-profit legal organization that has served the Bronx for more than 10 years, and in this capacity we strive to create justice for the people we serve and invest in the communities where our clients live. We provide clients with free legal representation and advice in criminal and family court and on civil matters, with community-oriented services that combat the causes and consequences of court involvement. More information about our organization can be found at: www.bronxdefenders.org.
Label: Art-Start One Mic
Bio: ONE MIC is a year-round recording workshop created to guide teens in finding their own unique voice, recording original music in the ART START Recording Studio, and sharing it with the world for the purpose of growth, creative expression and enlightenment.