"Each year officially since 1979 we have used the month of August to focus on the oppressive treatment of our brothers and sisters disappeared inside the state run gulags and concentration camps America calls prisons. It is during this time that we concentrate our efforts to free our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, and all other captive family and friends who have been held in isolation for decade after decade beyond their original sentence. Many of these individuals are held in the sensory deprivation and mind control units called Security Housing Units (S.H.U. Program), without even the most basic of human rights." - BAOC ...THE ROOTS OF BLACK AUGUST Black August originated in the concentration camps (prisons) of California in 1979 and its' roots come from the history of resistance by Black/New African/African brothers in those prisons. It's original purpose is to honor and commemorate the lives and deaths of several fallen Freedom Fighters, amongst them were Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson, W.L. Nolan, James McClain, William Christmas and Khatari Gaulden; to bring education and awareness to family members, friends, associates and communites about the conditions for the Black/New Afrikan prisoners held within those concentration camps (in particular in California) and to educate our people about and honor the history and actions of continued resistance of Black/New Afrikan/Afrikan peoples to oppression, colonization and slavery in the U.S. and throughout the Diaspora, with particular emphasis on freedom fighters and historical acts of resistance." Excerpts taken from "BLACK AUGUST: THE TRUE HISTORY, CULTURE AND PRACTICE" By Mama Ayanna Mashama In the spirit of solidarity with those who have and continue to struggle for justice from behind walls of the concentration camps of amerikkka, The Black August Organizing Commitee, MXGM Oakland, Oakland Jericho and Qilombo Oakland will be hosting a Black August conference from August 21st-23rd noon-10pm or (later each day) at Qilombo and Afrikatown Community Garden in West Oakland, CA. The conference will have political speakers, cultural solidarity performances and workshops around resisting the Prison Industrial Complex and promoting Women's health. Day 1 Start time 630pm, Will have Keynote speakers and a dialogue about Black August History and Resistance today, featuring discussion wtih: -Shaka At-Thinnin (B.A.O.C.), Melvin Dickson (B.P.P.), Curly Estrema (B.L.A.), Frank Wilderson (South African anti-apartheid freedom fighter), Oakland Jericho, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Black Lives Matter AND MORE. Day 2 start time 1pm, Will have Cultural Solidarity and edutainment performances by: -RedStar -Amani Johnson -Audiomatic -Themba Mashama (Capoeira demonstration) -Ngozi -Dave Brown (DJ) -Ant (Savage Fam) -Naru -Anjali -Opium Sabah -Richelle Scales -Meres Sia-Love -Judah sun -Ras K'dee (DJ) -Alia Sharief -Ras Ceylon Day 3 start time 1pm, Will have Political Workshops relevant to Black August Resistance and promoting Women's Health, with workshops by: -Sharena Thomas (Peoples community Medics) -Yisrael Urban Family Farms -Amir Abdel Malik Ali (Imam Jamil Action Network, Oakland Islamic Community Center) -George Jackson University -Oakland Jericho -AND MORE "They have learned that resistance is actually possible. The holds are beginning to slip away." George Jackson WE WILL ALSO BE MAKING SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO O.G. (ORIGINAL GUERILLA) HUGO "YOGI' PINELL (R.I.P.) WHO WAS RECENTLY ASSASSINATED THIS BLACK AUGUST IN PRISON. For questions and concerns please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This "Black August" 7th we will be featuring Revolutioanry Producer/Emcee Tahir Rbg coming all the way from Orlando, FLA repping Repat Nation/RBG/People Army, Alia Sharrief performing brand new music, Young Gully x Johnny Redd from F1rst Class Music Group str8 out the Town, Opium Sabbah son of Bay Legend Cheb-i-Sabbah (RIP), Comrade Jihad, The Ghetto Prophet, & much more! 6-8pm Meeting of the Minds (+open community dialogue) 8-11pm Speakers/ Performances 11-12am Open Mic Cypher
Meeting of the minds 6-8pm before the show, Show starts 8pm , open mic at the end
Soulmedic Presents: THIS NEXT UPCOMING MONDAY IN NEVADA CITY CA- Soulmedic Blesstheworld PRESENTS THE CONTINUATION OF MON NIGHT VIBES (EVERY 2ND AND 4TH MON) WITH ONE OF CALI'S FINEST REGGAE ARTISTS- Ishi Dube AND HIP HOP CURTURLAIST - Ras Ceylon, AND HIP HOP/ REGGAE MASTER - J, Ras WITH DJS- VISION AND SHERA SPINNING THE HOTTEST SH. COMING SOON- LENKY ROY, JUNIOR TOOTS, Pressure Busspipe ,DJ Shera, Wokstar, DJ Puff AND MORE!!!!
Bio: Coming straight out of the West Coast (Bay Area & Southern California) representing East Bay Politix & HungryBros.BoomSound, Ras Ceylon is an emcee, educator and organizer bringing revolutionary music, a hip-hop meets reggae dynamic and explosively conscious lyrics.
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“Personal responsibility may be characterized as having the capacity for moral decisions, therefore being accountable and capable of one's rational thoughts and actions. Seduced by the world's temptations, it's easy to become ensnared amongst compromising situations, corroding one's sense of personal responsibility. As it pertains to Hip-Hop, MCs often live their lives amid the unflinching public eye; their personal responsibility is often scrutinized. Originally from Southern California and now living in The Bay, Ras Ceylon is an MCs who embraces his personal responsibility to Hip-Hop as well as his personal responsibility to his community. Some of his albums have been marked with the warning sticker, Mental Advisory: LYRICAL CONTENT. His lyrics manifest his love for Hip-Hop and his love for community. Murder Dog is granted an exclusive glimpse into the realm of constant lyrical and community progress.”