Tuesday, August 31, 2010
*huevoicesdotcom was ONLY present for the rally*
National Action Network hosted the Reclaim the Dream rally and march to commemorate the 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historical March on Washington, D.C.
A swarm of people flooded the football field at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School in northwest Washington, DC. Some folks came from across the country in caravans of coach buses and cars with family, friends, and in some cases strangers to march.
The event featured a wide variety of prominent civil rights figures including Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP and Dr. Barbara L. Shaw, Chair of the National Council of Negro Women.
U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan and Washington, D.C. City Council Chair Vincent Gray were also present to speak to the massive crowd.
huevoicesdotcom interviewed members from Youth in Action, a small youth organized group, traveled from Stone Mountain, Georgia to honor Dr. King's legacy in solidarity.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
In June, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and police commissioner Fred Bealfeld III announced a new hot line for survivors of rape/sexual assault through a partnership with Turn Around, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. This hot line was implemented following a story released by the Baltimore Sun detailing the Baltimore City Police Department's high record of rape cases deemed unfounded. Cases were considered unfounded when police officers concluded the victim was lying and/or the information given was baseless.
huevoicesdotcom interviewed Rosalyn Branson, executive director of Turn Around, Inc. to discuss the advocacy group and its work with the Baltimore Police Department.
Friday, August 20, 2010
The Vanguard Justice Society,Inc.,a non-profit group that works to assure inequality for minority officers within the Baltimore City Police Department, hosted a debate between incumbent Baltimore City State's Attorney Patricia Jessamy and challenger defense attorney Greg Bernstein. Violent crime in Baltimore City and the strained relationship between the Baltimore City State's Attorney office and the Baltimore City Police Department.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Gypsy Soul,a multi-faceted company specializing in arts & entertainment, recently hosted Ear Candy, their special artist showcase featuring Washington, DC native Green Tea. The soulful songstress made her debut in 2005 with Have A Cup of Green Tea Dosage 1: Shades of Green followed by her sophomore album Dosage II: Choices in 2008. During that time she has opened up for Go-Go legend Chuck Brown, Fertile Ground and Kindred the Family Soul.
In this sit down interview Green Tea talks about her upcoming album, Bare Essentials and life as an independent artist.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Educator and hip-hop artist Gabriel "Asheru" Benn talks about his work with H.E.L.P. (Hip-Hop Educational, Literacy, Program), District of Columbia Public School Chancellor Michelle Rhee and the state of Washington, DC school system.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Angels Helping Angels, a non-profit organization that assist the homeless and disadvantaged neighborhoods in Baltimore, hosted a Back to School Drive and Community Clean-up.
Program director Curtis Black shared with me his stories growing up in this neighborhood. More so he shared his passion to change not only the physical landscape, but the lives of the people living there.
With the latest reports of random attacks of violence in Fells Point, the death of a young Johns Hopkins researcher, and finally the killing of a 70-year-old man for a scooter, this story is of great significance.
Black along with his mother and sister decided to take a stand and contribute to the GROWTH of their city. Angels Helping Angels does not have any corporate sponsors or government funding. They simply wanted to have a positive impact. Their collective effort was a kiddie bandage over a massive wound. But just imagine if we ALL pulled out a First Aid kit and got to work.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Baltimore promoter Bilal Ali of Bilal Ali Productions will showcase the Baltimore Music Festival 2010, a two day (August 6&7) event featuring premier talent in jazz and soul music including soul artist Eric Roberson, jazz saxophonists Marcus Mitchell, Pamela Williams (who is shown playing the saxophone in the video clip), and Paul Taylor.
Ali says this year's "Giving back" theme is to honor community activist Cameron Miles of Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood along with others.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Park Heights Renaissance, Inc.,an organization dedicated to the social and physical redevelopment of the Park Heights community located in Northwest Baltimore, hosted the Third Annual Park Heights Festival in conjunction with National Night Out 2010, an initiative set forth to promote crime awareness and police solidarity with communities across the country.
Blue and pink ribbons and balloons wrapped around street lights along the corridor of Park Heights Ave as music echoed throughout the streets. Community residents both young and elderly crowded into a parking lot at Pimlico Racetrack to enjoy the festivities.
Several programs including CFUF (center for urban families) were on-hand to offer their services. Public officials presented citations to community workers, while touting togetherness and collective responsibility.