Friday, April 23, 2010

Shout Outs For Paz @ El Museo del Barrio with Mahina Movement, Ollin Imagination, Las Gallas, The ReadNex Poetry Squad

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Trinity College International Hip Hop Festival & Rock The Resort!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Siempre Pa'Lante with Members of the Young Lords Party

Top Left-Denise Oliver-Velez, Panama, Felipe Luciano,
& Cha-Cha, after opening for them @ the
SUNY New Paltz Young Lord Tribute.

Top Right-Latin w Iris Morales of the Young Lords
after The ReadNex Poetry Squad,
Ollin Imagination, & Mahina Movement
rocked El Museo del Barrio.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Greenville, S.C. Workshops

Top & Center-Writing about goals & emotions.

Top^ Learning a few Turntablism skills from DJ H2O.

Left-Performing original pieces!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

KRS-ONE Twice and a Youth Aha Moment (Sudden Realization)

We get to Trinity College (for the 5th Annual Trinity Hip Hop Festival)and set up in our workshop location. Soon we had 2 large groups of youth from throughout Connecticut walking in and learning some of the writing, expression, and performing, tools we've learned along the way. More than 120 Youth learned pearls of wisdom, laughed and participated in discussions about Hip Hop and Poetry.

During one Pearl of Wisdom pass down a student opened his eyes wide and said..."Sooo if I say I can't do something...I'm setting myself up to fail...because my brain shuts out possibilities?" Yes...genuinely believe in yourself and a world of possibilities will follow.

After the workshops we got some comida, meditation time and got back on the grind. We enter Mather Hall (where the concert for the night was to be held) sound checked, networked and chilled before rocking out. This building was ppaaaaaccckkked! Hip Hop heads were everywhere ready for a show. After a few International Emcess (like Siete Nueve from PR, and others) we took the stage for one of our greatest performances to date. I'm telling you the show was soooo crazy that Decora and Latin almost crowd surfed (seriously though). Once the crowd had been rocked, a few chants of the chorus to our single "Be Different" took place and we left the stage to Nomadic Waxx and later the Hip Hop Pioneer KRS-ONE. His show was both inspiring and electrifying and left the night's crowd exhausted.

The next day we attended a lecture held by KRS-ONE on the culture of Hip Hop and afterwards filled the van up for Kerhonkson's second "Rock the Resort Festival". Some people decided to take over a local resort and turn it into an indoor Woodstock. The energy was nuts and once again after we performed KRS-ONE took the stage. 2 back to back shows with KRS-ONE...I knooooww.

We left drained but filled with inspiration as we inspire youth, audiences and are inspired by the greats that did not sell themselves for mas dinero.

Pictures soon to follow.
Learn, Educate, Repeat!

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Monday, April 12, 2010

West NY After School Workshops

Right->Youth learning to write thoughts and emotions.

Left->DJ H2O teaching youth the skills of Turntabilism.

Last week we spent 3 Days in West, NY facilitating After School Workshops on Expression, Hip Hop & Poetry. We were located in Elmira & Addison most of the time and one of the locations was Ernie Davis Middle School. If you don't know about Ernie Davis then check out the movie The Express. He was the first African American to win a Heisman trophy and stood up to the ills of both concious and unconcious racism.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

NYU Workshops

We enter a large lecture room in the NYU campus. In it are close to a hundred teenage students. They're there for a leadership day as part of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education program. We load up, connect and test the turntables. They're having lunch and either have not noticed us or aren't interested. DJ H2O begins to spin and heads throughout the room start to bop. Hands start to sway above young minds and rhythmic words are repeated. Rapport has been built.

The group breaks into two and our first hour long workshop begins. Laughter, focus and knowledge fill the room leading into an autograph signing, networking & individual motivational speaking session. As the first group leaves the second group enters with as much suspicion as the first. Ten minutes later young faces with today's "too cool" pose have dwindled making room for the laughter and smiles that now pervade. This workshop ends and conversations with youth dealing with the same (or similar) difficulties we once dealt with continue. The Youth Workers thank us, a few Youth tell us it's "the best workshop they've ever been in", and photos are taken.

So goes another day on the Day Before Sound Tour. A tour filled with music, experience, and the credo we live by...Learn, Educate, Repeat.
Learn, Educate, Repeat!

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Biz Markie w DJ H20 @ WMC

Learn, Educate, Repeat!

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