2012 - 2013 KRIP HOP NATION
238 imagesKRIP HOP NATION presents Broken Bodies-CD release party and panel On Sunday, February 19, 2012, KRIP HOP NATION presented the Broken Bodies - CD release party and panel in the San Francisco Public Library's Koret Auditorium @ 100 Larkin Street, in SF. KRIP HOP NATION, a powerful group of international Hip Hop artists w/ disabilities, 5th Battalion Entertainment of LA led by DJ Quad; Emmitt Thrower, a retired NYPD officer turned media, film maker, playwright, himself disabled; collaborated to put out the mix tape Hip-Hop CD: 'Broken Bodies, PBP-Police Brutality Profiling Mix Tape, and the documentary 'Where Is Hope?' The film explores the roots of the often disturbing acts of police brutality against citizens with disabilities that are shocking for those who are not used to living under the threat of police violence on a daily basis. Featured @ the event were performances from artists who contributed to the mix tape; a panel discussion with local advocates on issues of police brutality and the disabled; a sneak preview of the upcoming documentary, Where is Hope? and a Skype update by Lisa Guthrie Alexander on the case of her son Reginald "Neli" Latson. Neli Latson, a young AFRIKAN Man who is autistic, was racially profiled, abused, and imprisoned by the state of Virginia. For more information about his case go to the A VOICE for NELI web site http://avoiceforneli.com/ and read the SF BAYVIEW newspaper articles: Pardon wrongfully convicted autistic youth Neli Latson http://sfbayview.com/2011/pardon-wrongfully-convicted-autistic-youth-neli-latson/ and Update on Neli Latson and his mom: I'm home and soon my son will be free! http://sfbayview.com/2012/update-on-neli-latson-and-his-mom-im-home-and-soon-my-son-will-be-free/ A PNN-TV event video can be found @ http://www.poormagazine.org/node/4337 Individual still photos are available via KRIP HOP NATION and can be viewed and purchased at the PEOPLE'S EYE PHOTOGRAPHY web site http://peopleseye.photoshelter.com
2 galleriesMusicians and poets with disabilities came together as a coalition named Krip-Hop Nation, for a Bay Area Mini-Concert and to honor the late Blind Joe Capers. The concert featured a mixture of music from Punk, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Spoken Word to Rock. A panel of speakers explained Krip-Hop and talked about why Krip-Hop Nation is important. Musicians and poets told their amazing stories about the strength and creativity we must employ on a daily basis in dealing with the entertainment industry underground and living in the community as an artist. There was also a sneak preview of an upcoming documentary about the late Joe Capers aka Blind Joe who worked with such Oakland CA Hip-Hop artists as MC Hammer, Tony Tone Toni. Rounding out the program, was a multi-media presentation with audio interviews and a slide show of over one hundred pictures of Krip-Hop artists from around the world. A documentary honoring the life and legacy of Blind Joe Capers is due to hit the Oakland - SF Bay Area soon. But this mini-concert - and Krip Hop Nation - is about more than just the music. A lot of work is continually being done to build this annual Krip Hop Nation event as an arena for advocacy, education, building cultural activism through artistic expression and coming together.