April 28th / 12:00-7 PM
Education for Liberation
In 2016, artist/activist Genesis Be, captivated America with a bold theatrical protest against the Mississippi State Flag that went viral. Covered by publications such as VICE, Billboard and NY DailyNews, her work focuses on bringing human dignity to the forefront of a divided America. After teaming up with The Moral Courage Project, Be has been the subject of documentaries featuring her work in Mississippi, bringing together Millenials on the opposite side of the State flag issue. Be is currently on a National speaking tour sharing tools and exercises for healing divided communities and advocating for solution based civic discourse. She is gearing up to debut her multidisciplinary art exhibit title "People Not Things" in Atlanta, mid 2018.
Mic Crenshaw was born and raised in Chicago and Minneapolis and currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
Crenshaw is an independent Hip Hop artist, respected emcee, poet, educator and activist.
Crenshaw is the Lead U.S. Organizer for the African HipHop Caravan and uses Cultural Activism as a means to develop international solidarity related to Human Rights and Justice through Hip Hop and Popular Education.
In his teenage years, Crenshaw actively confronted white supremacist gangs that were a growing part of the hard-core music scene. Mic eventually moved to Portland, where he quickly became one of the most respected artists in the Northwest, and his community efforts have had both local and international impact.
In addition to his highly-acclaimed work in spoken work and Hip Hop, Mic co-founded GlobalFam, a non-profit (EducationWithOut Borders 501c3) project to create and maintain a computer center for disadvantaged youth in Burundi, Central Africa. Over 400 people have received free training, and it is now expanding, generating revenue and creating jobs. Mic also partnered with Education WithOut Borders (EWOB), which supports education, music and art initiatives in Portland and beyond and serves as an umbrella for the local Books For Prisoners chapter and GlobalFam itself. Crenshaw was voted Portland's Best Hip Hop Artist in 2016 by Willamette Week.
Mandolyn Wind Ludlum
Mandolyn Wind Ludlum (former known as Mystic) is a Grammy® and BET Award nominated hip hop and soul artist from Oakland, California. She released her debut album, Cuts for Luck and Scars for Freedom, in 2001, and her follow-up album Beautiful Resistance in 2014. Known for using her artistic platform to promote healing and social justice, she works with and advocates for young people around the globe. Most recently, she travelled with the Schools Not Prisons Tour as both artist and co-moderator for youth roundtables (through California). A graduate of UC Berkeley in Interdisciplinary Studies, Mandolyn is also the Bay Area Leadership Coordinator for the Hip Hop Caucus.
Innovative to the industry, RadioActive brings Hip Hop into other genres, a true integrating artist and an electrifying performer. Aside from blazing mics all over the Northeast with one of his first bands, Politics of Experience, RadioActive has toured the Earth extensively in the past years. He toured throughout North America with New Orleans band Galactic, sharing the "Set Breaks of Phil and Friends Tour" with Keller Williams. RadioActive then toured Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan as a former key member of the "then politically charged musical group Michael Franti & Spearhead," and played in theaters and festivals to audiences numbering upwards of 100,000 people.
RadioActive has appeared on national television programs such as David Letterman, Craig Kilborn, and on MTV with the critically acclaimed single/video, "Rock The Nation," even earning 2 gold records for his lyrics and works with Spearhead. Along the years, sitting in and/or opening with others (and also during his solo show), he's shared the stage with artists such as Ani DiFranco, Common, Indigo Girls, KRS-One, String Cheese Incident, Roy Ayers, Talib Kweli, O.A.R., Karl Denson, Ben Harper, Keller Williams, Trey Anastasio, Jeru the Damaja, DJ Apollo, Jonah Sharp and Meshell Ndegeocello, the Motet, Critters Buggin, McTuff, Crown City Rockers, Lettuce, Soulive, Bassnectar, Rusted Root, Keaton Simons, Trevor Hall, Tyrone Wells, 420 funk Mob with George Clinton, The Broun Fellinis with Bernie Warrell, Zap Mama, Les Nubians, Victor Essiet, J-Boogie, Kool Keith, and Das EF/X, to name a few.
Jael "Wig" Myrick
Richmond Councilmember Jael Myrick, aka, Wig, is emblematic of how we can be Hip-Hop and we can be politicians who are accountable to the people by working tirelessly on behalf of our children, elders, schools, neighborhoods, and cities. A product of this community, Jael Myrick attended Kennedy High School, Chabot College, and La Sierra University.
Jael has fought on behalf of our environment with the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), organized the Membership Action Campaigns, and led the initiative for Clean Slate program in Contra Costa County--a program for Richmond residents who struggled to find employment after minor convictions. Jael also founded Standing To Represent Our Next Generation (STRONG) to strengthen our young leaders’ civic participation and investment in our community. In addition, he has advocated to make various State agencies more responsive to the needs of Richmond residents including lobbying on behalf of the city of Richmond, the School District and local nonprofits to bring funding into the community.
Jael was appointed to the Richmond City Council in 2013. As a councilmember, Jael has spearhead campaigns to promote corporate and environmental responsibility, government accountability, and educational equity. He secured $30million in funding to pioneer the Promise Program in West Contra Costa, a promise to every high school graduate of a public and charter school that they will receive a scholarship to college upon graduating from college.
As a young girl growing up in Southern California, Mamabear's musical tastes were formulated by spending nights in the roller rink, catching air to funk and hip hop as well as taking note from her parents new wave records. Fast forward to 2007 when she purchased her first pair of Technics and put her music filled childhood to work; she went from playing in her bedroom to making her DJ debut in San Francisco, holding down multiple residences (Double Dutch, Butter) and in 2009 became part of the Sweaterfunk crew, the most dedicated purveyors of boogie all on vinyl. Over the years the crew has hosted Dam-Funk, PB Wolf, Steve Arrington, Leroy Burgess, Howard Johnson, Onra, Psychic Mirrors, DJ Spinna, and Daz-I-Cue to name a few.
In 2010, Chicago was calling her name. She spent 2 years living in The Birthplace of House Music, learning the art of long blends and how to get lost in the 4-on-the-floor. Chicago welcomed her with open arms and during her short time there, was a fixture at Simone’s Bar, Rodan and Alive One.
After Chicago, MB moved to Las Vegas where she held residency at Insert Coins in DTLV, exposing the city to a sound that was different to what is usually played on The Strip. Seeking a return to her roots, in 2015 she returned to LA to re-establish where it all began. As a frequent guest on Dublab, she was given her own show titled “The Honey Pot” which showcases Boogie, Modern Soul and 2-Step every 4th Friday of the month from 8-10p worldwide at dublab.com and on 99.1 KDLB in Los Angeles.
Drawing inspiration from the many cities she has called home, MB is eager to spread the honey and share that eclectic experience which is essential to her sound.
You often ponder the significance behind a DJ’s name… How did that come about? Time? Place? In the case of SheaButter, his name was given to him by a mystery-flavor, cinnamon-skinned angel.
The man who “speaks with his hands” can be seen spinning in the South Bay, Santa Cruz to Purist Boutique in SF, to cross town parks where his music is enjoyed just as much as the Senorita Bread. SheaButter reflects on his style remembering “getting woken up by his mom’s tunes from the Afro Cuban Rhythms and Santana to Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder”. Those early morning wake up calls became embedded in the mind and soul of SheaButter as heard through his eclectic, free flowing genre crushing mixes showered with “green”smooth(ie) blends. He connects genres similar to the way the Bay Bridge connects land.
The ‘wise elephant’ is constantly keeping his ears open to unheard music. He thrives off the new talent buzzing in the city he chooses to call home and spies parallels to “old Stonesthrow vibes” when working with fellow BVMO kin Dstruskt, Rcade & SmoovGroovs. He speaks for the lost abstract spirits that leave their music behind for honest souls. There is a certain calmness Butter possesses as if he has been chosen to instinctively continue playing music for those that pursue their passions.
Dr. Carla Becker
Peace Dancers: Khalilah Ramirez & Sharat G. Lin
Khalilah Ramirez founded the Dance of Peace in 2008 while searching for a way to add life, joy and peace to the world. Since then, she has performed the Dance of Peace at hundreds of locations and events, sharing her message with as many people as possible.
She is an author, educator, professional dancer as well as a tireless advocate for peace. She is a sensation of the stage and street, wielding the magical ability to create harmony through dance wherever she goes.
When asked, "What is a peace dancer?" by new people or students, Khalilah insists that a peace dancer is anyone who is willing to focus their attention on the energy of peace and share it with others. It is in this sharing that we all learn to practice peace.
Learn more about Khalilah Ramirez and her mission by visiting www.thedanceofpeace.org or follow her on Instagram @thepeacedancer. Khalilah writes about her experiences and perspective on peace in her column entitled, "This Week in Peace" found at siliconvalleydebug.org. Also visit sanjosepeace.org for a schedule of community events that includes her weekly dance class.
Sharat Lin started learning dancing from Khalilah Ramirez in 2016, and began performing the Dance of Peace in the streets and at community events in 2017. As a lifelong academic, writer, lecturer, inventor, photojournalist, artist and activist for social justice and peace, he came to realize the potential role of performing arts in engaging audiences in promoting social justice and peace.
Dancing together with Khalilah, the duo expand the reach and magic of the Dance of Peace - frequently drawing in members of the audience, passersby, and especially young children to join in vibrant joyous dancing.
When asked about why he became a peace dancer, Sharat recalls, "I found dance to be liberating both physically and mentally because as an artform it gives me a platform to move, act, dress, be creative, and engage people in ways that I could not otherwise do."
Sharat is past president of the San Jose Peace and Justice Center and is on the Board of Advisors of the Initiative for Equality. He is a contributing author to the book Studies in Inequality and Social Justice (2009) and curator for The Art of Protest. Look online for Sharat G. Lin's wide-ranging works on social movement art, global political economy, labor migration, public health and many other topics.
View the Dance of Peace in action at www.youtube.com/sharatlin.