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Archive for : Music

Artist Spotlight: Toshi Reagon

In the month leading up to MLK Day, our blog will be exploring diverse expressions of art created by people of color. The blog will highlight artists, collaborators, performers, poets, filmmakers, and everything in between. We will be exploring creative outlets that express the various ways racial injustice exists today.

In addition to reading, you can join our MLK Campaign and help us serve in solidarity by hosting and volunteering. Together we can #ActNowForRacialJustice.

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Artist Spotlight: Anthony Mordechai Tsvi Russell

In the month leading up to MLK Day, our blog will be exploring diverse expressions of art created by people of color. The blog will highlight artists, collaborators, performers, poets, filmmakers, and everything in between. We will be exploring creative outlets that express the various ways racial injustice exists today.

In addition to reading, you can join our MLK Campaign and help us serve in solidarity by hosting and volunteering. Together we can #ActNowForRacialJustice.

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Play and Listen, Depapepe – Start

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SongRise Sings for Social Justice in DC

Yesterday we posted a piece about a Boston-based band, Hot Molasses, which uses its music to promote awareness about social issues.

Well good things must come in at least twos, because later that day I saw that a Jewish environmental educator friend of mine, Laura, also performs with SongRise: a Washington DC-based women’s social justice a cappella group.

According to their site, the women of SongRise “use our music to inspire people to fight for social and political change. We offer up our singing talents at community events, rallies, protests, farmer’s markets, civil rights celebrations, DC voting rights events, arts showcases, in schools, at churches, in prisons…you name it, whoever among us can be there will stand up and sing!”

Music, justice and service together – what could be better? How about an upcoming show? This Friday, SongRise is perfoming at The Potter’s House in DC as part of their weekly Songs of Hope benefit concert series. Funds raised at the concert will go to Beyond Borders, a non-profit working to promote equality, education and literacy, and empower citizens in Haiti.

Find more information about the show here – and support SongRise in singing out for justice.

Repair Hero: Adam Jacobs

Adam Jacobs is in the business of empowering kids.

He is the Executive Director and co-founder, along with his brother Stephen, of Kids Creative – an arts non-profit that engages students from pre-K through high school in writing and performing their own live theatre and musical events. The programs, which run after school and at camps during the summer, empower participants to create something they’re proud of, and help build leadership and communication skills.

The organization’s vision of “a better, more peaceful future…through the arts,” is focused around what the Jacobs brothers call the 6 C’s of peacemaking in youth: confidence, creativity, conflict resolution, community, collaboration and – of course – cookies. Kids Creative has worked with more than 2,000 students in NYC to create over 85 original productions and countless songs – like this one about dancing robots.
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