JAY Z, YOUNG JEEZY, CHRIS BROWN, TREY SONGZ, T.I, NE-YO, BOBBY SHMURDA, FRENCH MONTANA, TINASHE, KID INK, CHILDISH GAMBINO, MIGOS & J-COLE ROCK THE POWERHO– USE CONCERT
THE HIP-HOP SUMMIT YOUTH COUNCIL AND THEIR HIP-HOP AGAINST GUN & GANG VIOLENCE PROJECT WITH SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE POWER 105.1 CONTINUE THEIR GROUNDBREAKING WORK TO END GUN & GANG VIOLENCE THROUGH THE 7 E’S 4 POWER INITIATIVE AS “RAPTIVISM” TEAM MEMBERS NE-YO, BOBBY SHMURDA, MIGOS, TINASHE, REMY MA & KID INK TAKE A STAND AGAINST GUN & GANG VIOLENCE AT NY’S MOST ELECTRIFYING CONCERT OF THE YEAR; POWERHO– USE
Raptivism Team Members Will Receive A Plaque For Their Support And Copy of the Proclamations and Resolutions From NYS Governor Cuomo, NYS Senate & Assembly, NYC Mayor de Blasio, NYC Council, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone for the 2014 3rd Annual Hip-Hop Against Gang & Gang Violence Week with Plans for the 2015 Annual Event in the Works
By Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher @HHSYC — PIX AT THE BOTTOM
The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council (HHSYC) and Power 105.1 continue their groundbreaking work to end gun and gang violence through the Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Project and the 7 E’s 4 Power Tour at the 2014 POWERHO– USE Concert at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY. This year’s star-studded sold out concert was simply “off the chain” as the hot & heated crowd sang, rapped and rocked to the hits performed by their favorite stars including Chris Brown, Trey Songz, T.I, Ne-Yo, Bobby Shmurda, French Montana, Tinashe, Kid Ink, Childish Gambino, J-Cole and Young Jeezy, with special guest Jay Z. As the night slowly came to a close, it was Trey Songz and Chris Brown that took the stage by storm and had the ladies chanting and screaming out one hit after another. Those two guys on stage together, with their singing and well choreographed dancing, know how to bring down the house.
But just when you thought you have seen it all, it was Jeezy’s surprise guest, Brooklyn’s hometown favorite Jay Z, who is the “Undisputed King of the Hip-Hop Game,” that got the crowd off their feet for the very last time as the Living Legends took the stage to do their hit song “I Done Seen It All.” Now let’s keep it real—you know you have Power when you can get Hov to come back to BK and close out the show. How many radio stations can take credit for such a memorable experience? It will surely go down in Hip-Hop history.
Thanks to the socially responsible Power 105.1 students from over 25 schools were rewarded with tickets for their good grades, attendance, for joining the “Raptivism Team” and providing Solutions to End Gun & Gang Violence through the 7 E’s 4 Power Tour. Both the Tour and Raptivism Movement were created to teach students and young adults how to use the positive influence of Hip-Hop to be more proactive towards ending gun and gang violence. November is Hip-Hop History Month in NYS and as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the culture we will continue to inform children, youth and young adults about the creation of the greatest international cultural phenomenon ever created. Hip-Hop transcends race, religion, culture and ethnicity and is the lifestyle of choice for billions of youth worldwide.
The culture was founded in the South Bronx to address crime, gun and gang violence, unemployment, academic failure and drug abuse. When the pioneers created Hip-Hop they did it out of love for their family and community, as well as respect for their friends and peers. It is up to us to educate our youth today about their “Civic & Social Duty to the Culture.” You can enjoy the music, but to be a part of real Hip-Hop you have to also take care of your neighborhood. “We are our Brother’s & Sister’s Keepers” and “It Does Take an Entire Village to Raise a Child.” So through the Raptivism Movement we will continue to make a change and want those that care to become “A Part of the Solution and not the Problem.”
What we also liked about this concert is that all though everyone was there to have fun, Power 105.1 flashed Public Service Announcements on the big screen all night long to enlighten the young audience about the dangers of HIV/AIDS courtesy of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, an organization committed to work with Power 105.1 and the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council to address the spike of new HIV infections with young Blacks aged 16-26; Black Women; and Black Men Having Sex With Men. In the US, the AIDS epidemic is on the decline except in the African-American Community and now something creative is being done using the influence of Hip-Hop to address this silent killer.
The word to remember is “Show Business” and as artists worked their “Show” on stage, the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council handled their “Business” backstage and was poppin’ with the help of Power 105.1 soliciting support for the “Raptivism Team.” Slack-tivism is no longer an option as we move forward to empower young citizens and the communities they reside. By using the power and influence of celebrities the HHSYC can build on a successful 2014 summer where they produced 105 events over 105 days with Power 105.1 to end Gun & Gang Violence.
In 2014 the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council received “Proclamations and Resolutions” from NYS Governor Cuomo, NYC Mayor de Blasio, the New York City Council, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone, the NYS Senate and the NYS Assembly. It is the group’s intent to share their success with select artists, on-air personalities, executives and community leaders that attended Powerhouse, as they move forward with their plans for the 4th annual “Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Week” in May of 2015. The week long celebration is on track to be the most talked about socially responsible week in Hip-Hop History.
Thanks to Power 105.1 the organization is in a unique position to finally get artists, producers, managers, promoters, venues, radio, TV and record companies to be more socially responsible and use their influence and celebrity status to address Poverty, illiteracy, Substance Abuse, HIV/AIDS, Gun & Gang Violence. Hip-Hop is so often depicted by the media as a violent culture, but this is a rare opportunity for the art form to show the world, especially our children, that we know how to entertain and also be socially responsible to our family, friends and community.
“I want to thank Thea Mitchem, Gee Spin, Joe De Angelis, Jill Shellhorse, the Breakfast Club, and a host of on-air personalities for supporting our 7 E’s 4 Power Tour and the “Raptivism Movement.” Even though I would have loved to see the concert, our work backstage was more important as we continue to build a team committed to the needs of the people like the pioneers that created Hip-Hop 40 years ago. It’s been a year since we hooked up with Power 105.1 and the partnership is growing stronger every day so we appreciate the station’s help addressing gun and gang violence, as well as HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, Poverty, Illiteracy, unemployment and academic failure. What they are doing with us goes way beyond the scope of what most companies do for community groups on the front line in the ‘hood,” stated Randy Fisher, Executive Director, HHSYC.
“Last year we said we wanted to take this to take this project to another level; with all these Proclamations and support from artists and Power’s on air personalities I think we have accomplished our goal. I’m looking forward to 2015 so we can do even more to end gun & gang violence using the positive influence of Hip-Hop to make a difference in our communities,” ended Gee Spin, Music Director, Power 105.1.
“Standing here in front of these Proclamations and looking at the fruits from all of our hard work is a good feeling. All the way from City Hall with the Mayor and the City Council, to Albany with the Governor, Senate and Assembly, as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties, we have had a great summer in our work to make our streets safe. Doing 105 events over 105 days was not an easy task but we all knew that working to end gun and gang violence was not going to be a cake walk, but we have achieved our goal. Now I’m looking forward to doing even more next year with you guys,” ended Joe De Angelis, Director of Promotions, Clear Channel Media.
“I’m here to support this movement and do what I can to help stop the violence. I support the Hip-Hop Against Gun and Gang Violence project because we must do something about all the young and innocent youth that die every day from gun violence,” stated Columbia recording artist Tinashe.
“We have to put an end to all this shooting that goes on in our schools and community, whatever role I can play you can count me in because I want to help make a difference,” stated RCA recording artist Kid Ink.
“As a family man it is important for me to join the cause so we can protect our children from all this madness that plagues our communities. We have the collective power to turn things around and I’m ready to do what is necessary to end the violence,” stated Def Jam recording artist Ne-Yo.
“You guys were here last year and I see you once again and I know just how serious you are about ending gun and gang violence, just as I am. You know I’m with the cause because the youth today need help now more than ever. Let’s continue the journey and make an even bigger impact next year,” said DJ Envy, Breakfast Club on air personality, Power 105.1.
“In 2015 the “Raptivism Team” will be ready to fulfill the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King. Thanks to Power 105.1, as well as the Source Magazine, elected officials, Video Music Box, metroPCS, the Daymond John Academy and a lot of other partners we are in a unique position to use the “7 E’s 4 Power (Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Entertainment, Equality and Empowerment) and the “Raptivism Movement” to end gun and gang violence, as well as address a host of problems that plague poor and disadvantaged communities. Hip-Hop was created to improve social conditions in the South Bronx 40 years ago and now we are ready to take our movement throughout the US and abroad,” ended Charles Fisher, Founder, HHSYC.
“I’m here today for the concert of course, but also to support the Hip-Hop Against Gun and Gang Violence project because too many of our young people are shooting without thinking of the consequences, joining gangs and going to prison at a young age. We have to take a new approach to address the problem and I know that Hip-Hop has the power and influence to help put an end to all this violence,” Angie Martinez, on air personality, Power 105.1.
“Hip-Hop is a powerful force and it’s time for us to step up to the plate and take back our communities from those that don’t think twice about who they pull the trigger on and where they pull the trigger, so we’re ready to help the cause,” stated Atlantic recording artists Migos.
“It has been great working with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council all year to address gun and gang violence, as well as HIV/AIDS through the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Our youth need guidance and role models that can help keep them on a positive path. Whatever I can do to enlighten the youth, especially the young ladies out there, you can count on me and the entire Breakfast Club for continued support. Hip-Hop is a powerful tool and if used properly can make a difference in the lives of our children,” Angela Yee, Breakfast Club on air personality, Power 105.1.
“Right now I’m in Brooklyn, this is where I grew up, everyday someone is getting killed in this town, I’m ready to play a role to stop all this crazy violence that has taken the lives a lot of people I know, so I’m ready to join the team and help any way I can baby,” said Epic recording artist Bobby Shmurda.
“As a culture, Hip-Hop is slowly returning to its roots and as we get more support from the artists you will see major changes in the way our students, youth and young adults handle their business in school and on the streets. It’s been a long 13 year process but thanks to Power 105.1 we are in a unique position to use the power of Hip-Hop to improve the lives of our children and make our communities safe,” ended Randy Fisher, Executive Director, HHSYC.
“Working to end gun and gang violence and HIV through the AIDS Healthcare Foundation is a priority for us at Power 105.1 because it is important for us to take care of our listeners and the communities they reside. I will continue to give my support towards this worthwhile cause and help to get the word out about the great work you guys are doing at the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council to keep our communities safe,” stated Jill Shelhorse, Senior Account Executive, Clear Channel.
“All this violence has to stop if we are going to save the next generation. Whatever you need me to do I’m all in because regardless of all that negative talk about Hip-Hop there are a lot of brothers out there that are doing the right thing in their ‘hood and I’m here to support your great work to end gun and gang violence,” stated DJ Clue, on air personality, Power 105.1.
“I’m here today with my son once again and I love what you guys are doing to save our children and help to put an end to gun and gang violence. I know it’s not easy but there are a lot of positive people in the game that I know will help and now that you have the full support of the station there is nothing we can’t do to end the violence. So just holla at me and I will do what I can to support your work,” stated DJ Self, on air personality, Power 105.1.
“We have too many guns out there and if we don’t come up with some type of plan to stop the violence we are in a lot of trouble, I have to give the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council a lot of credit for pushing this project because we really need to do something to keep the peace and Power 105.1 is on board,” said DJ Prostyle, on air personality, Power 105.1.
“There is so much talent and power within the culture that once we join forces there is no social issue that we can’t solve. It’s been 40 years now since the birth of the culture and the number has some very spiritual and mystical significance: it rained 40 days and 40 nights during the time of Noah; Jesus fasted and was tempted for 40 days; and Moses wandered with the Jews in wilderness for 40 years. It has always been my belief that the final and most important frontier for Hip-Hop to explore is “Spiritual Empowerment” and with the support of Power 105.1 we will be able to use the same energy that started the “Raptivism Movement”, which lead to creation of Hip-Hop to make our communities a better place to live. We are up for the challenge, just like the pioneers were 40 years ago and will need all the support we can get from those that want to save the next generation just as much as we do,” ended Charles Fisher, Founder, HHSYC.
“I’m back out here and really excited about joining the team and being a part of a moment to stop the violence. I hope I can have some type of affect on all the sisters out there that may be involved with a lifestyle that has a negative impact on their future. Our youth need help and I am prepared to give you guys all the support I can to end gun and gang violence. Just give me a call and I’m ready to use my experience to help others avoid a life of crime and violence,” Universal recording artist Remy Ma.
“It was great having you guys on the show this year and I applaud all the great work that you are doing. All these Proclamations are great and I’m glad that we could be of some assistance to help you on your mission to end gun and gang violence. The Breakfast Club will continue to support your work and I’m looking forward to working with you guys again next year because we have to do something to help out our youth and keep our neighborhoods safe from all this crazy violence,” Charlamagne Tha God, Breakfast Club, on air personality, Power 105.1.
“I think this is a great project, long over due and I give you guys a lot of props, so with that being said I’m ready to role up my sleeves and do what needs to be done to save our young people from all this senseless violence that takes the lives of so many talented young people,” said Em Ez, on air personality, Power 105.1.
If you are looking for a way to “Increase Your Spiritual Bank Account” and join the “Raptivism Team” Hip Hop’s Most Powerful, Recognized and Respected Movement to end Gun & Gang Violence hit us up at: [email protected]
PICTURES OF BANNER AND PROCLAMATIONS
PICTURES OF “RAPTIVISM TEAM” AND SUPPORTERS
- DJ Self’s Son “Our Youngest Supporter”–shown here standing in front of our Proclamations for “Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Week”—The purpose of the Week is to teach children, students, youth and young adults how to be more proactive towards ending gun and gang violence. Our Mission is to end gun and gang violence so that we can protect and preserve the next generation and it all starts with educating young citizens like the son of DJ SELF.
ABOUT THE HHSYC
The HHSYC was founded in July 2001 by Charles Fisher (also known as the former manager of LL Cool J, the Lost Boyz and co-discoverer of R. Kelly). The organization was created to help implement commitments made by record companies, artists, community leaders and elected officials at the historic 2001 Hip-Hop Summit in New York City. Participants are taught how to constructively use their time, talent and the Hip-Hop culture to improve social, political and economic conditions in their school, home and community. Randy Fisher is the organization’s Executive Director. For additional information, visit www.HHSYC.org.
ABOUT THE HIP-HOP AGAINST GUN & GANG VIOLENCE PROJECT
The Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence project is an innovative 10-prong proactive approach that educates and trains students and young adults on how to end gun and gang violence in their school and community. The project works with celebrities, students, elected officials, community and business leaders, clergy, gang leaders, seniors and formerly incarcerated citizens to improve public safety. The annual Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Week initiative launches a 105-day campaign and tour a week prior to Memorial Day Weekend and ends Labor Day. The holiday represents the unofficial start of summer, a period when gun violence spikes. Activities offered include our: 7 E’s 4 Power Tour; Raptivism Movement; Community Ambassadors for Peace initiative; Rap 2 Bridge the Gap; Time 2 Shine Talent Showcase; Solution Summits; Shark-A-Nomics; Daymond John Academy 101; Hip-Hop Book Club; School & Community Center Adoption Program; in addition to films; gun buy-back programs; trips; Celebrity PSAs; prize give-a-ways; essay contests; sports and entertainment events.
ABOUT THE 7 E’S 4 POWER & THE RAPTIVISM MOVEMENT
The purpose of this initiative is to show individuals how to use the “7 E’s 4 Power” (Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Entertainment, Equality and Empowerment) along with the “Raptivism Movement”, to help students graduate from school, prepare for the world of work and improve public safety in their school, home and community. The “social and spiritual conscience” of the pioneers who created the “Raptivism Movement”, lead to the birth of Hip-Hop in the South Bronx over 40 years ago to address; crime, unemployment, gun and gang violence, substance abuse and other issues plaguing poor communities. Both initiatives also allow us to adopt schools through our “School & Community Center Adoption Project” (SCCAP) so that we can bring resources, services, perks, prizes and other incentives to help reduce the dropout rates; address gun & gang violence, poverty; illiteracy; unemployment; substance abuse and HIV/AIDS; and garner support for the overall program.
“We’re on our Grind to End Gun & Gang Crime”