"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 email@example.com
Venus Rising Collective is an all female art collective with a foundation in the four elements of hip hop, also including other realms of art and various vendors. The kickoff event will feature the creative talents of : Open Mic and Cypher Session Ft. Sister Cypher, Olivia Ruff & Mamas Soup, Richelle Scales Project, Agatron Productions, Coco Peila and DJ Lady Ryan.
WCC PRESENTS: 4/24/15 Open Mic and SiSTAR Cypher and BDAY BASH! https://www.facebook.com/events/1649596621928607/
Recently the Qilombo and the People of Afrika Town won a small victory in the fight against gentrification in keeping the Afrika Town Community Garden. It is imperative that while we are battling the ruthless clutches of kkkapitalism that we expand on the idea of Black Urban Farming and build networks of people dedicated to building an alternative infrastructure for our survival. Farming is a critical part of Black Resistance to kkkapitalism and white supremacy because without an ability feed ourselves we are essentially still dependent on the kkkapitalist infrastructure to survive. With this event we hope to raise awareness not only around Afrika Town Community Garden but around the issues of Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice in the Afrikan Community. This is a small event to help build a bigger goal of Decolonization and how it relates to the issues of Farming and Freeing The Land!!! We will have Black Urban Farmers in the Bay Area discussing the importance and some history around the Black Farmers struggle and why it is important for us to be able to feed ourselves. Come celebrate spring, support black self determination, plan for a sustainable future, and support and enjoy the arts..Support Afrika Town Community Garden and black power Music Gardening Food Community Radical intergalactic intercommunalness WE WILL HAVE A DISCUSSION/STRATEGY SESSION AT 4PM AROUND BLACK FOOD SECURITY IN THE SPIRIT OF BLACK AND BROWN SOLIDARITY WE ALSO ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO COME TO THE "ZAPATISTA STUDY SESSIONS" FROM 6-730PM RIGHT BEFORE THE PRESENTATION STARTS AND EVERY MONDAY. THEY WILL BE DISCUSSING STRATEGY REGARDING LAND AND FARMING AS WELL. THIS EVENT IS FREE(DOM) BUT DONATIONS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. ALL DONATIONS GO TOWARDS QILOMBO AND AFRIKA TOWN COMMUNITY GARDEN. PRESENTATION/DISCUSSION FOR "BLACK TO THE LAND" STARTS AT 8PM MUZIK PERFORMANCES STARTS AT 9PM Featuring local love straight out the east bay.. TUNES SPUN BY Selecta Riddm the ☥Funkanauts☥ NeferAtum Shami Malikah Bey Armen Juhl Fall Mountain Music Collective Audiomatic Tha Fyah Starter Richelle Scales Amani Johnson Jah Tidal Wave much more THIS EVENT IS FREE(DOM)! BUT DONATIONS ARE ENCOURAGED. ALL DONATIONS GO TOWARDS AFRIKA TOWN AND QILOMBO
Join us on January 18th from 7pm-11pm for food, conscious hiphop artists and performers!!! Recently our brother Shango was assaulted, stabbed and robbed while standing outside of his place of work. Shango defended himself from this unprovoked violent attack. The police arrived and immediately arrested Shango, the victim in the situation, without a thorough investigation into the circumstances. Brother Shango is home now and doing okay, but we now need to help our brother who has always helped us, the community..... Shango is an honest, hardworking father. He supports and cares for his child and family and is working on completing his education. As a result of this false arrest he lost his job and is now facing felony charges. We cannot let the justice system target this innocent young man and send him to prison. We cannot allow the justice system to label another innocent black male as a convicted felon. This justice system arrests, prosecutes, convicts, and incarcerates black males at disproportionately high rates. Shango is our latest victim of this poorly designed system of justice. WE MUST STAND WITH OUR BROTHER AGAINST THESE FALSE RACIST CHARGES! We are raising funds to assist our brother with his legal expenses, as well as assisting him with funds to support his son since he lost his source of income. Our goal is to raise $5.000. As a community, we need to support each other in times of need. Comrade Shango has always been there for us. Now it is our turn to be there for him. We ask that you please donate generously, and pass this along to others who share the same mission. Taking Care of Each Other Standing Against Injustice Resisting the Efforts to Incarcerate Our People To Change the UN-just System Please note, Our Fund-Raising site will be up soon and posted here. In the meantime, join us on January 18th from 7pm-11pm for food, conscious hiphop artists and performers. Host/MC: Opium Sabbah- Opium Sabbah brings a rich and diverse musical legacy to his music. Son of the legendary Cheb i Sabbah, Opium Sabbah was raised listening to the spiritually rich and exotic music of India and North Africa which would later influence his musical career Artists include Shukhwat Ali Khan, Cheb Khaled, Hassan Hakmoun, and many others. However, growing up in San Francisco would introduce Opium Sabbah to Hip-Hop culture and Rap Music LINE UP OF PERFORMERS (so far, more to come!) Richelle Scales m.reverbnation.com/artist/richellescales https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Richelle-Scales-Project/119937114726909 https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10202812586812249&set=vb.1128325869&type=2&theater Mama Ayanna Mashama Opium Sabbah http://opium.bandcamp.com/track/t-m-i-s-feat-koo-c http://www.reverbnation.com/opiumsabbah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KakNpEHOj_w http://bit.ly/ZVGq4n Eseibeo the Automatic https://www.facebook.com/eseibio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKu-laBsMEY Dominico Bangaluchi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dEKL-fMEfM https://www.facebook.com/video.php? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V71mlNGzTH0&channel=SweetSunnah72 Po Poets Project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEX6wcD1kQI&channel=retoor2 PaRadise ThePoet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEVEaeJmATw Aunti Frances (Frances Moore) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p17NJkTk8lI&channel=SweetSunnah72 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxG5bHKqpfo Big Saad http://www.reverbnation.com/playlist/view_playlist/-4?page_object=artist_448889 Karkeynis https://soundcloud.com/karkeynis Admission: $5-$10 sliding scale fee, No one turned away; All Ages Welcomed. Thank you in advance for your support. We can only defeat this racist system with the ideology that when one of us is victimized, we all are, when one of us is in need, we all are, when one of us is attacked-WE ALL ARE! It takes a unified community to stand up against these injustices and to stand for each other. APTTP!
Bio: Richelle Scales, is a classically trained pianist with a love and passion for all styles of music. Since the age of 5, Richelle has developed an intricate relationship with the 88s, and as the instrument of choice, uses the piano to express her love for hip hop, rock n roll, blues, and just down ...See Full Bio