The Curators Of Hip Hop Present:
January 29-30th at Davison College
Featuring Panel Discussions/Performances by
Richard Raw (Delaware)
RA THEMC (D.C)
Jahiti & O.O.H (Baltimore)
We Love Music Presents:
Positive Vibes Music Showcase
Friday January 30th, 201f
1206 N. Union Street
Music by DJ Steel Force
Hosted by LADYY & Price
Lets give our youth a safe space to release stress, clear their minds and strengthen their bodies with this invigorating, fun and knowledge filled YOGA class!! This is a DONATION BASED class tailored for youth between the ages of 12-19. Give what you can and we will always give our absolute best!! Spots are limited, please RSVP at www.flyogi.co/classes
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Chains, Inc. is a nonprofit organization in Delaware which focuses on uplifting and empowering youth. Founded by Wilmington resident Erin Hutt, Chains focuses on linking youth to success. This is achieved through a system of activities and curriculum to motivate, support, and encourage the youth of Delaware.
Students must see beyond their zip code. The goal of the College Visitation program is to offer students stepping stones towards their dreams. College is too often a subject that is very much spoken of, but not made tangible to students. Students will visit a variety of schools to motivate and encourage higher education. Chains Inc. will take the students to Howard University (1/30) Princeton University (2/28),Temple University (3/27), Delaware State University(4/11), and New York University (5/29).
The cost of the tours is $2000 which will include lunch, transporation and t-shirts to the 5 universities for 15 9th through 11th grade students enrolled in a Delaware High School.
Help us get there with your contribution!
In the second leg of his farewell tour, Corey is calling on old friends Brian Fitzgerald and the local band Special Delivery Band to bring their r&b, funk and old school hip hop badassnesses.
Brian Fitzy is from the Phliadelphia area and is a professional musician who specializes in loop station - he plays just about every instrument around and loops them with a computer device that helps me build the music. He and Corey met while he was gigging at World Cafe Live at The Queen a few years back and Corey was behind the bar. They hit it off when Corey started falling out to Brian playing and a couple of years later Brian opened for Corey's first sold out Rick James Tribute show. Since, they have been trying to work with each other in one capacity or another but could never seem meet schedules. Corey made it a point to get Brian involved considering the circumstances and VOILA, some serious fun will surely be had.
Special Delivery featuring Jim Miller, Lew Indellini, Dave Tigue, Michael Feuda is a local band that specializes in Funk, Rock, Motown and soul covers. By happenstance, Jim and Lew are both personal friends of Corey's and he and Jim go way back to the old Zanzibar Blue days where the two met. They have invited Corey on stage to cover James Brown, Rick James and Prince on a couple of occasions in the past with tremendous audience reception and are looking to send him off in grand style in a night that will surely be remembered for a long, long time.
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Alishah Watson (left) of Wilmington, Geb Irving of Chester, Pa., and Richard Raw of Wilmington having their Bum-Rush Black Business event at Mejah Books in Claymont.(Photo: JASON MINTO/THE NEWS JOURNAL)
BUM RUSH BLACK BUSINESSES
An event aimed at promoting shopping at minority-owned businesses was an inspiration of civil rights activists, said an organizer of the first “Bum-Rush Black Businesses.”
“I really was inspired by Dr. [Martin Luther] King and Malcolm X’s work,” said Richard Watson, a local musician who goes by the name Richard Raw who is one of the organizers of the Bum-Rush Black Businesses event that took place Saturday. “They said we got to strengthen black institutions, we have to strengthen businesses.
“This was the work that Dr. King did in the latter part of his life,” Watson said referring to King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech where King called for among other things, economic actions.
Through this event, Watson hopes to encourage people to meet at a minority owned business at least once a month in an effort to get people to support these businesses.
David Smith, U.S. Black Chamber relationship manager, called the event “a great initiative.”
Nationwide, black businesses are faced with challenges to grow and expand, Smith said.
“Often times, black businesses are met with obstacles at banks when to obtain lending to grow their firms due to poor-average credit, lack of equity, lack of expertise or plain discrimination,” he said. “There are 1.9 million black-owned businesses in the country, and 1.8 million of them are single employer or sole proprietorship.”
Oftentimes those who want to support black owned businesses, have difficulty finding them. Additionally, typically black-owned businesses have a more difficult time gathering consistent support of their establishment to help them stay open during down times, Smith added.
“Black consumers spend less than 5 percent of their earnings with black-owned businesses,” he said. “Events like this can be very successful, because there has been a recent surge in supporting minority-owned businesses across the country.
“Now that people understand that small businesses generate much of the economic growth in this country, small businesses should be seeing a lot more traffic. Particularly for black-owned businesses, willing supporters can now be informed of local black owned businesses in their neighborhoods and help spread the word of their establishment.”
Smith said the chamber has a mobile app that helps users locate the nearest black-owned business and is available for both iPhone and Android phones.
Bum-Rush was started by Watson where at his music events he sells merchandise from local businesses. When he noticed a lot of people were interested in the merchandise, but did not know about the businesses he and his wife, Alishah, developed idea. The two are organizers of Cultural Restoration Program.
“We just promote cultural in the city of Wilmington and all the surrounding areas,” said Alishah Watson. “This is just one of the projects we are working on to highlight black businesses, Latino businesses in the area.”
The first Bum-Rush, named so because they wanted lots of people taking part, took place at Mejah Books in the Tri-State Mall, in Claymont.
About 45 people went out to the two-hour event, including Mike Johnson of New Castle.
“It’s important that we set the tone for supporting black businesses ourselves,” said Johnson, who purchased some shirts and books. “A lot of this stuff is not available in other of places. For me it’s a good outlet to get things.”
Photographer Jason Minto contributed to this story.
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Hezekiah continues to push The Culture forward with "Dreams Don't Chase Themselves", his latest LP which features a short film + Jazz Delux Instrumental version. Drops FEB 10, 2015!
Come out on January 27th to the Oddity Bar at 500 Greenhill Avenue Wilmington Delaware!
Richard Raw uses music as an engine for social change!!