On Saturday, September 13th Hip Hop Gives Back is partnering with BlackCelebrityGiving.com and #OneMusicFest for “Each One, Feed One” food drive campaign all day long at Aaron’s Lakewood Amphitheatre. Not only will you be taking in one of the most anticipated concert festivals of the year but you’ll also be giving to a great cause. We’re asking everyone to bring out one food item and help us fight hunger one person at a time. Tickets are still on sale at OneMusicfest.com, you don’t want to miss it! Look for the booth by the VIP area Second Stage. We’ll see you there. #OneMusicFest #GivingIsGood #JustFeedONE #HipHopGivesBack
On August 19, 2014, rapper Killer Mike addressed the events in Ferguson, surrounding 18-year old Michael Brown’s death, in a Billboard article. Killer Mike points out how police officers in Ferguson, MO. have used tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas against the citizens that pay them to protect and serve. He warns Americans, “Whatever this country is willing to do to the least of us, it will one day do to us all.”
Check out Killer Mike’s Billboard article on Ferguson here.
T.I. took his thoughts on the Ferguson Protests to Instagram. Here’s what he had to say:
“Look at us….America has created a monster. The result of ignoring & mishandling an already fragile spirited, recently enslaved, presently oppressed race/generation of people. Look at us. We’re the monster that now refuses to be dismissed, overlooked,& ignored. We were brought to this place,unaware of our own cultures,religion,&traditions therefore,we created our own. Now look at us. For years we’ve been crying out for the nation to address the substandard education systems & disparaging treatment of our citizens in communities across America. Our people have had an increasing lack of opportunities for generations. There have been homes broken,lives shattered,and futures lost on your watch….unanswered. Look at us. How long can u expect a nation/race/generation of people to be blatantly disrespected? Spoken to and treated with arrogant tones of insignificance. Our fathers,uncles,brothers& role models were killed& Imprisoned more often than educated. Now look at us. Our friends,& relatives Murdered and cast aside without thought,as though your human life is more valuable than ours. How long can that go on without consequence? Now Look at us. How long can u continue to pass the buck & make excuses of why u can’t do today what should have been done yeste-year? Although I DO NOT support the negative responses & actions of my people in light of dis tragedy….I WILL NOT condone your lack of effort to show any urgency to improve the treatment of our people, nor the living conditions in our communities. Your refusal to address these life altering issues makes events such as these seem inevitable. Although I too am at fault to a degree & I admit that I may not have all da answers… I do have a fun fact for you. Insanity is…Going about things the same way,expecting a different result. U wanna different result? U must take different action. What else do u expect? Look at us!!!”
Click here to check out T.I.’s Instagram post.
On August 20, 2014 rapper, Killer Mike was a guest on CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin to discuss the chaotic events in Ferguson, regarding Michael Brown’s murder. Killer Mike brings up the topic of police brutality and it undoubtedly being a black male issue. He also speaks on relationships between the police and the communities that they work in.
Check out the videos here: Part 1
and Part 2.
Following his informative and impactful insight interview on CNN, Killer Mike appeared on FOX news network business show The Independents on Thursday, Sept 28th. Mike continues to provide solutions to several issues affecting all people, constitutional rights and genuine positive engagement with the police. Check the interview below.
Under the picture of Michael Brown’s parents this is what Killer Mike wrote:
“We are human beings. We deserve to be buried by our children not the other way around. No matter how u felt about black people look at this mother and look at this father and tell me as a human being how u cannot feel empathy for them. How can u not feel sympathy for their pain and loss. These are not ‘THOTS, nigg-s/nigg-rs, h-es, Ballers, Divas.’ These two people are parents. They are humans that produced a child and loved that child and that child was slaughtered like Game and left face down as public spectacle while his blood drained down the street.
Look at the pain of this mother; look into her eyes. Look at the man behind her. Look at that father made helpless and hurt that he cud not defend his seed. Don’t debate. Don’t insert your agenda. Save me the bullshit Black On Black Crime speech and look at these two Noble creatures called humans and look at what govt-sanctioned murder has done. It has robbed them of their humanity and replaced it with pain and shame, suffering and hurt.
I don’t care if others rioted or why. I don’t care that ballplayers and rappers are what they shud be. I care that we as humans care as much about one another more. I care we see past Class, race and culture and honor the humanity that unites our species. Stop talking and LOOK at these PEOPLE. LOOK at these HUMANS and stand with them against a system allows a Human PIG to slaughter their child. Forgive any typos love and respect u all.”
Click here to check out Killer Mike’s Instagram post.
We’ve all been horrified by the scene that has taken place over the last week in Ferguson, Missouri with the senseless murder of Micahel Brown Jr by the hands of an officer with the Ferguson police department. And we’ve been mortified by military style occupation of the city to stop attempts for the people to peacefully protest, honor and grieve the loss of one of the city’s promising sons. As the the rightful but late decision has been made and spread to allow the protestors we have received word of an upcoming benefit concert by the St. Louis Hip Hop community. 100% of the proceeds from the benefit concert will go to Mike Brown’s family. Lets continue to support citizens of Ferguson and the Brown family and show again how #HipHopGivesBack.
Sunday August 24th at Plush STL. Benefit concert for Michael Brown. The concert features many of the emcees who are active on the ground bringing the world updates via social media of the treatment, abuse and state of affairs in the days following Michael Brown’s murder, including Tef Poe, Haiku, Bo Dean and more!
Plush STL is located at 3224 Locust St, St Louis, MO 63103.
Hot 107.9 FM host, Reec “Mr. Who You Wit?” is heard on the airwaves throughout Atlanta, GA. Reec has achieved many accolades within the community. He has excelled in sports, released two music singles and is the author of a children’s book series. Reec has been honored and awarded for his hard work, community response/outreach and appreciation/service, via his non-profit organization: PAY USA.
Positive American Youth (PAY), established in 1997 brings our youth hope, with goals placed to help children make better choices. PAY promotes education, physical fitness and shares steps to being successful in life and business. PAY USA hosts fund raising events: fitness camps for elementary to high school children, as well as, back to school drives. Ice The Bull (Anti-Bullying mascot) tours schools to advocate anti-bullying via literacy. Reec is doing positive things throughout the city to help build a strong community. Who You Wit?
August 3rd, Reec and Hot 107.9 host PAY’s 3rd Annual Back To School Celebrity Basketball Game. Hot 107.9 Hostshots vs Spartans, was held at The Andrew & Walter Young YMCA. The semi-pro, charity basketball game was a huge success. There were performances by: Jungle Boogie Dance Crew, D’ Squared, Gotta Dance Atlanta, Nikisha Williams, and many more. Celebrities included: The Jackson’s, Danny Glover, Quinton Aaron, Loman Rucker, Kelsey Nykole, and many more. All proceeds benefit non profit PAY USA and an assortment of other non profit organizations.
This Sunday, August 3rd the 2 Chainz and his T.R.U. Foundation will be hosting their 2nd annual Back to School Day at Central Park in Atlanta. There will be backpack, school supply giveaways AND their sending the kids back to school sharp by providing haircuts and Hairdos for the kids. In conjunction with AEBL Summer Basketball League, these Hip Hop community members are sending the kids back to the classroom with class. The events kicks off at 3 PM this Sunday! #Truuu
As reported by BET, this past March NBA player, John Wall, helped a very young cancer patient’s wish come true. 5-year old cancer patient, Miyah was diagnosed with Lymphoma last year. The Washington Wizards point guard made a video with Miyah on his Instagram page saying that Miyah’s wish was to meet Nicki Minaj and get one of her pink wigs. The video received so much attention, as well as tweets with the hashtag #HelpMiyahMeetNicki and #PinkWigForMiyah, that Nicki saw the video and tweets, and made it her business to grant Miyah’s wish. Check out the pictures below!