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Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 3-6pm
All Ages Afrikan Hiphop Caravan Benefit Show With Mic Crenshaw & Rasheed Jamal Come party with Hip Hop artist Mic Crenshaw and Rasheed Jamal and help raise funds for their November trip to various countries in Africa. Hosted by African Hip Hop collectives. $10 donation at the door but NO ONE will be turned away for lack of funds. ---------- Mic Crenshaw "In total, Mic Crenshaw’s music is not only a collective of juicy jams and skillful rhymes. This guy has made his mark on culture. Now it’s time that he garners critical mass to spread his positivity to the world at large." - Billboard Born on the Southside of Chicago, and raised both there and in Minneapolis, Michael Crenshaw is a world class MC and poet who has emerged on the national - and international stage. As a teen in the late 80's, Mic was embroiled in the violent streets of Minneapolis, leading groups to physically confront white supremacist gangs that were enforcing their will at local parks and social scenes. After beating back the neo-nazis, the violence remained, both in the streets and from authorities. Crenshaw decided it was time to escape it all and moved west to Portland, OR. Crenshaw says, "I wanted something new. [At the time] my ties with the streets were still pretty strong, and my social life involved drinking and fighting. I was ready for a change." In Portland, he quickly became one of the most respected artists in the Northwest. Beginning in '94, Crenshaw was the front man for the beloved Portland live Hip Hop band, Hungry Mob. In 2001, Crenshaw won The Portland Poetry Slam Championship and went on to finish as a national finalist. The Portland Mercury writes, 'Mic Crenshaw is a pretty mythic character... (with the Lifesavas) two of the very best hip-hop acts in PDX”. In 2009, Mic released his debut solo CD, "Thinking Out Loud", which spent 10 weeks in the top 10 on College Music Journal's (CMJ) National Radio Hip Hop Charts, peaking at number 4. "Mic Crenshaw blends his smooth flow with a street-hardened attitude, effortlessly spitting rhymes over a menagerie of horns, drums and keys. Fifteen years of making music, helping those less fortunate and social activism has made Mic Crenshaw a force worthy of a new generation of listeners." – College Music Journal Crenshaw’s 2nd solo release, ‘Under The Sun,’ was released in the winter of 2010. The single ‘Yeah’ peaked at #2 on CMJ’s Hip Hop Charts. "'Under the Sun,' serves up potent post-millennial rapping. Crenshaw’s flow ranges from a sensual ooze to machine-gun rapid-fire spitfire; and his musical backdrops are always masterfully creative." - Billboard In Portland, Mic's community efforts expanded from the local - to the global. At the close of a Human Rights conference he attended in Rwanda, Crenshaw was confronted by local activists. They said that in America there are computers and they need his help to get them computers. As a result, upon returning to Portland, he enlisted help from an educational colleague, Morgan Delaney. As a result, Globalfam was born. Globalfam is now a full entertainment company, record label and lifestyle company in one. It houses and produces Crenshaw's music. As well as, partners with the non-profit Education WithOut Borders (EWOB) to manage the community projects that Crensahw and Globalfam are involved in. Crenshaw now serves as EWOB's President. Seven years later, the request for computers has blossomed into a full computer education center in Burundi, Central Africa. Over 800 people have received training, and the center is now expanding, generating revenue and creating jobs by adding a computer repair shop. It is 100% locally managed and staffed. EWOB and Globalfam, along with its supporters, have been the sole outside sponsor. EWOB helps education, music and art initiatives in Portland and their work in Africa, as well serving as an umbrella for the Portland Books For Prisoners Chapter. Crenshaw is currently the Political Director of Hip Hop Congress and the Lead U.S. Organizer for the Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan. The Caravan toured six African cities in 2012 and will tour 10 cities between Cape Town and Cairo in 2014. The Caravan engages each city with a show in the city center, a Hip Hop Symposium and a free show for the youth in a township or ghetto. Crenshaw was invited to be part of the Caravan after playing the Shoko International Festival in Harare Zimbabwe in 2012. The Shoko Festival 2012- Crenshaw played in the Glen Norah Township, Zimbabwe with Zim's legendary Ba Shupi. Crenshaw is currently recording music for his 3rd solo album, releasing the first single 'Superheroes' ft. Dead Prez. 'Superheroes' peaked at #2 on singles chart. -
Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 1pm through Monday, August 24, 2015 at 4pm
1pm through Monday, August 24 at 4pm
Don't Shoot Portland is Oregon's most active #BlackLivesMatter Movement!!! Organizers and Allies have been on the front line of International protests since August of 2014 Supporting the Protestors in #Ferguson and Beyond. Several news articles have covered our local movement and the fight against systematic racism and police brutality and deadly force. It is time to broaden and share our movement and the structure and outreach of the #DontShootPDX organizational goals in support of #BlackLivesMatter. It's our understanding that we are MAKING A DIFFERENCE!! We can make an even bigger IMPACT with your Support!!! _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ On August 9th 2014 at approximately 1pm #MichaelBrown was murdered in #Ferguson,MO by former officer Darren Wilson. Since the #FergusonUprising which was executed against the Ferguson police department in response to #MikeBrowns murder by Youth in Ferguson, we have supported the movement to keep the front line youth inspired and have utilized the movement to build and connect issues around excessive force, police brutality and accountability here in Oregon! #BlackLivesMatter has given our country the cohesive stretch needed to build a blueprint for communicating and directly connecting to leaders around the country who are organizing with and for protestors to bridge direct action and political change.... #DontShootPDX is a Community Action Plan and we will continue our mission to #Educate and #Organize. Blacks and All Oregonians need a broader Understanding of our State Sanctioned Discrimination and we believe that is a first step in building "Direct Change." In honor of #MikeBrown our organizers have planned to produce community education panels August 7/8th the discussions will focus on the history of protests, politics and policy, civil rights, black youth, education, disproportionate discipline,community economics etc... We will look at Oregon's history and the use of politics, focus intently on the justice system which has been utilized to undermine the democracy of America's poor and disproportionately our countries Blacks... Panel Moderators include consultants from the film Whitelandia; Mic Crenshaw, Teressa Raiford Mazique and Devin Williams!! Panels begin August 7th, and 8th Workshops and the rally event is a Community Art Project, on August 9th at 1pm in Honor of Michael Brown!! Stay Tuned for flier and details.... #SAVETHEDATES