ART A CATALYST FOR CHANGE AND THE HIP-HOP SUMMIT YOUTH COUNCIL, WITH VIDEO MUSIC BOX AND POWER 105.1,
KICK OFF THE SECOND “TEEN SUMMIT TO END GUN VIOLENCE”
AT MS 42 IN QUEENS WHILE SUPPORTING THE LAUNCH OF THE
5TH ANNUAL HIP-HOP AGAINST GUN & GANG VIOLENCE WEEK & TOUR WITH A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA
JOIN THE “RAPTIVISM MOVEMENT” AND SUPPORT “FAMILY DAY”
WITH NYCHA AND THE “POWER PARTNERS 4 PEACE” INITIATIVE
NY, New York, May 24, 2016—To further support the ongoing efforts to address gun and gang violence the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council and the Art A Catalyst for Change initiative, with Video Music Box and Power 105.1, hosted the second “Teen Summit To End Gun Violence” at MS 42 in Far Rockaway, Queens. The event, co-hosted by Uncle Ralph of the world famous Video Music Box, was a huge success with about 250 young participants in the house from such afterschool groups as the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation, New York Junior Tennis & Learning, Title 1 Homework Helpers, and Rock Safe Streets. DJ Bam Bam rocked the crowed as the house was Litt with Hits. There were prize give-a-ways with winners receiving Cash Money, Hip-Hop Books, T-Shirts and NIKE Sneakers.
The event also supported the kick off of the 5th Annual Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Week (#HAGGV) & Tour with Power 105.1. The groundbreaking initiative received an official Presidential Message from Barack Obama who recognized the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council for their outstanding work to end gun and gang violence for the second straight year. No other group has achieved this rare accomplishment during the Obama administration. The Presidential Message will be used to inspire young citizens to help end gun and gang violence. There are thousands of organizations out there fighting gun violence, but the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council was entrusted with delivering a powerful Presidential Message to young citizens throughout the country.
To further support the message there will be 105 power events over 105 days to promote the 7 E’s 4 Power Tour; “Family Day” with NYCHA; and the Power Partners 4 Peace initiative. Each was created to help put an end to gun and gang violence.
During the event, which will air on Video Music Box, there were a host of performances by some Hot New Talent who wanted to showcase their skills to Hip-Hop icon Uncle Ralph. There was a great presentation from the Cure Violence Far Rockaway Group Rock Safe Streets, who spoke to participants about their day-to-day work to end gun violence. In addition, during our “Solution Segment” some participants offered some great ideas to reduce gun violence as we mixed up the evening with positive messages, prize give-a-ways and live performances.
“Using Art to address gun violence is very creative and provides me with another tool to keep my students safe. It’s always a pleasure to work with Charles, Randy and the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council and I’m looking forward to using this initiative and the Far Rockaway Cure Violence Group to help make this school and the surrounding community even safer,” stated Patricia Finn, Principal, PS/MS 42.
“First I want to thank Power 105.1, as well as HHSYC Board Member Daymond John for helping us secure the Presidential Message this year from Barack Obama. This gave us an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. On one hand we have the Art A Catalyst for Change initiative, which uses the influence of art to reduce gun violence, and on the other hand we have Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Week. Both will be used to improve public safety and help put an end to gun and gang violence using the power of students, youth and young adults,” said Charles Fisher, Founder, Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council.
“I want to thank Council Member Laurie Cumbo for having the vision to give Art and Hip-Hop an official platform to address gun violence. We have been on the grind for 15 years and thanks to the Council Member Art will finally be used as an official tool to improve public safety. I want to also thank Council Members Richards, Williams and Gibson, and Eric Cumberbatch from the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, Heather Case and Jolan Nagi from the Department of Ed for giving me all their support during this very tough pilot launch. I want to also shout out Power 105.1 and Uncle Ralph at Video Music Box, DJ Bam Bam, Sharieff “The Fitness Sheriff,” and Principal Finn for helping us produce a very successful second event,” ended Randy Fisher, Executive Director, Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council.
“Video Music Box has been involved with community projects for decades but this is one of the most important and exciting ventures that I have ever been a part of. Hip-Hop is a powerful form of art, and now we finally get a chance to show the world the positive side of the culture and how four decades of the art can be used as a viable tool to end gun and gang violence,” ended Hip-Hop Icon Uncle Ralph McDaniels of Video Music Box.