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Manifest:Justice DJs’ Soundscape

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WORDS: Daisy O’Dell @daisyodell daisyodell.com

When I was first approached to be part of the Manifest:Justice music team along with Jeremy Sole, Azul Amaral, and Bradley Martin, I was eager to explore what DJ culture can bring to the conversation surrounding social justice. It quickly became apparent that LA DJs are not only exceptional for the obvious reasons, but also extremely knowledgeable and passionate about grassroots movements. We, as a community, have a unique perspective on the complex subject of what we can do to manifest justice today.

It was a massive undertaking to program DJs for nearly fifty hours over 10 days, May 1 -10, and to do so with such high-profile and in-demand talent. You couldn’t have an event with this agenda and not have it reflect in the music. We have LA DJs from all over the world playing bossa nova, hip-hop, indie rock, electronica, neo-soul, progressive house, classical, and everything in between – The Manifest:Justice DJ roster directly reflects the diversity of the dynamic LA music and culture scene.

Music and activism have always had synergy for good reason. Music has the ability to transcend intellectual barriers – it is a unifier and an equalizer. Sexual identity, gender, age, socioeconomic status, and race are irrelevant when you’re on the dancefloor. Music strengthens a movement and can communicate a feeling or spread a message efficiently.

August Brown wrote for the Los Angeles Times, “The origins of DJ culture and dance music are seeded with rebellion. Hip-hop artists from Public Enemy to NWA to Odd Future have challenged government, society and its structures. House, disco and techno were forged in black and gay subcultures in urban centers like Chicago and Detroit.”

Manifest:Justice is exploring the concepts of justice, human rights, power, and action. Music makes some of these unsettling yet necessary subjects more palatable; maybe it acts as a lubricant for change. For instance, the Angelenos that come to Manifest:Justice for the All-Star cast of musicians, DJs and producers curated by ArtDontSleep (Friday, May 1st) or for the RIS LABS x theLIFT for JUSTICE (Saturday, May 9th) come out to dance, but may be inspired to participate in the movement.
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As a woman who grew up in a multiracial family, I have witnessed how diversity can enrich our society. Both positive and negative personal experiences have informed my decision to be a part of Manifest:Justice. Coming together in this way, with so much thought and creative expression, can only help.

The outpouring of support from the Los Angeles DJ community has been staggering.

“Music and Art have always played a part in communicating humanity’s aspirations for a more just and equal society. I chose to be a part of Manifest:Justice,” claims DJ BENNETT SCHMID “to share my creative voice in the conversation on race, social justice and equality in our communities here in Southern California”.

DJ TESSA YOUNG, the founder of a female DJ collective called “Prism DJs” says, “I am a multi-racial female of Chinese, Mexican, and Italian decent. I myself have encountered racism and sexism having been raised in a small town. Manifest:Justice has taken a creative approach in establishing awareness, and I stand behind this project 100%. I feel that art, music, and social media are the most effective ways to connect with this generation, and I am pleased to offer a conscious and empowering DJ set.”

“It’s important to discuss equality and justice BEFORE cities burn and the media makes it all about the destruction of property, instead of what it should be…a discussion about the destruction of lives,” espouses DIALLO RIDDLE

Manifest:Justice is providing an opportunity for us as both artists and activists to come together to start identifying solutions. DJ ALLIE TEILZ proclaims, “2015 is too future sounding of a year to be seeing racism, inequality, and hatred still promoted by our society. No more soul-crushing cases of unarmed black men killed by police and denied their future. I want to align myself with Manifest:Justice and use art as a way to promote a more empathetic future, starting from my community, and work to eliminate racism entirely from this planet.”

“I believe everyday that we are getting closer to being a united society where everyone is treated equally,” says DJ KONRAD PARKER. “I have been bashed and profiled, yet still believe that there’s good in all of us.”

According to DJ MICHELLE PESCE, who just returned from giving DJ lessons to school children in Uganda, “Something about the quote “If you’re not an activist, you’re an inactivist” has always hit me in the gut. I believe in educating ourselves even when the topic is uncomfortable, I believe in speaking up even when others don’t want to listen. If you even make one person question their stance, their actions… you are creating change. We need to stand up in an intelligent and passionate way and challenge the institutions and the minds that are holding progress back.”

ANA CALDERON mused that, “As artists we all have a very real and very necessary requirement to use our various forms of art to promote positive change in the world. Whether we are visual artists, poets or even DJs we each need to use whatever platform we are given to encourage love, community, progress, equality and justice whenever possible. For that reason I am super honored to be included in the DJ roster for Manifest:Justice LA.”

This country has a rich history of artistic activism and it is electrifying to be involved with action-oriented people providing art, music, film, and a platform to communicate in the best way we know how.

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Below is a partial list of talent that will be featured during our Manifest:Justice DJ series. For a full line-up and schedule of events please visit ManifestJustice.org.

KCRW DJ JEREMY SOLE has had the honor of sharing the stage and studio with hundreds of his inspirations; Roy Ayers, Ben Harper, Tony Allen, DJ Shadow, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Seu Jorge, Antibalas, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Parliament, Quantic, Joe Bataan, and many more. He was the last DJ to open for Ray Charles, deejayed for Sly Stone’s birthday party, and was deejaying the California Democratic Party’s Election Night event, with over 10,000 people in attendance, when Obama officially became the 44th President.

DIALLO RIDDLE is a writer, actor and DJ born in Atlanta, GA. He has been nominated for an Emmy for his work as a writer and performer on NBC’s LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON. Prior to that, he graduated from Harvard University where he was editor of the Harvard Political Review. An avid fan of many genres of music, Diallo can be seen on this season of HBO’s Silicon Valley and in his own upcoming show, BROTHERS IN ATLANTA.
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In addition to hosting duties on KCRW, RAUL CAMPOS has been billed along with some of the world’s biggest talents, including deadmau5, Kaskade, Moby, Armin Van Buuren, Louie Vega, Paul Van Dyk, and Mark Farina, to name a few. He’s also opened for some of music’s greatest artists, from Martin Gore (Depeche Mode), Stevie Wonder and Cafe Tacuba, to Booka Shade, Groove Armada and Lionel Richie.
SATURDAY MAY 2nd, 12pm

ALLIE TEILZ says “I spin only records and am very inspired by the inclusive styles of Afrika Bambaataa from the Zulu Nation and Larry Levan, the genius behind Paradise Garage, seamlessly blending together eclectic funky tunes and genres, as long as they are rooted in a good groove. Peace, unity, love, and having fun, with lots of dancing in between.” Teilz has spun records alongside M83, opened for Frank Ocean and Lorde, and amassed a loyal cult following for her knockout mixes.
SATURDAY MAY 2nd, 5pm

JUN of Umoja Hi-Fi says, “We meet people who share the same passion to listen and dance. The music can set you free from the physical and it’s great for the spirit. You remember a song that had its time and space that made everything better–music is healing, moving with the rhythm unison. As a DJ, I crave new sounds for my sonic appetite; to find that tone that you’ve never heard that changes your perception on what you see and give you a sense of space. Looking for sound that can as well be a portal: sound ignites our imagination.”
SUNDAY MAY 3rd, 1pm

KCRW’s VALIDA whose specialty is a seamless blending of a variety of music styles and her reputation for fearlessly fusing everything from disco to country and beyond is one of LA’s most in demand DJs. “It is important to me that even with this simple task, like donating my time and artistry for a cause I believe in, I am shaping the world I believe in.”
SUNDAY MAY 3rd, 5pm

SETI X is an abandonment of time, space and relativity and represents Punjab, South Asian diasporic movements within hip-hop, from the bay to Bombay. SETI X attests, “I wanted to contribute to Manifest Justice because now is the time to seize the power. From Monsanto force-feeding genetic seeds to farmers in my homeland to the police terrorism against our black brothers and sisters in Baltimore, Oakland and beyond, the people must rise to seize the power. My musical contribution is a commitment to that energy and vibration of revolutionary love.”
SUNDAY MAY 3rd, 6pm

DAN MANCINI (LADYPILLS) is a New Zealand–born Los Angeles–based music and culture director, audio producer and internationally touring DJ who was voted Best DJ of 2014 in the LA Weekly Readers Choice Awards. From Ladypills, please expect a party set of boogie edits, world beat and rare groove running a Cinco De Mayo direct homage and link between our current LA widening class and official authority gap and the continued struggles of our many Mexican family cities to become independent both from the rock of corruption in government and the hard place of reliance on cartel finances for neighborhood survival. In respects to Manifest Justice and to Cinco De Mayo my playlist & time is dedicated to ‘Sor Juana de la Cruz’ (1651-1695) A Female poet & advocate for women’s rights.
TUESDAY MAY 5th, 6pm

SUBSUELO – a collective lead by DJ GOZER and DJ CODY CANYON, has been called by Urb, “one of Los Angeles’ illest, underground parties, has garnered the reputation as the melting pot between cumbia, electro, tropical funk, moombahton, trap, hip hop, and all points in between”
TUESDAY MAY 5th, 8:30pm

KCRW DJ AARON BYRD has opened for Groove Armada, James Blake, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Little Dragon, and Jose James and says, “I see music as an extension of human emotion and the songs I am drawn to most have a subtle sense of euphoria. Something that is not overwhelmingly bold, but undeniably powerful.” WEDNESDAY MAY 6th, 7:30pm

DJ SMILES DAVIS who has played for Stevie Wonder & Erykah Badu and alongside the likes of Z-Trip & Mayer Hawthorne brings a huge catalog of Soul, Latin, Afrobeat, Brazilian, Dub, Reggae, & other deep-rooted funk.
THURSDAY MAY 7th, 5pm

MICHELLE PESCE is the only DJ to ever spin 4x at music’s biggest night – the Recording Academy’s Official Grammy After-Party. Pesce mixes the flavor of hip hop with rock, electro, funk and pop while always keeping an old school vibe.
THURSDAY MAY 7th, 6pm

THE SINGULARITY says “I am very inspired to provide music that highlights the connections between us all, and contributes to the cause of love in all mankind. I am producer, songwriter and DJ “The Singularity” I like my music like I like my humans with a disregard for all boundaries.”
FRIDAY MAY 8th, 5pm

RIS LABS is an innovative collaboration as a Los Angeles based music label, design house and producer of well-crafted events. Their artist roster includes ERIC SHARP, BYSTANDER, GIVE IN, LES PROFESSIONNELS, WHITNEY FIERCE, HERNENE, AND WILD & FREE. Mr. Sharp and Sean Patrick lead this collective.
SATURDAY MAY 9th, 6pm

theLIFT for JUSTICE JEREMY SOLE with fellow LIFT co-founder DJ WISEACRE.
SATURDAY MAY 9th, 10p – the final night of Manifest:Justice.

Los Angeles producer DAN T is one half of COSMIC KIDS. He is an active contributor to the Chit Chat Records label and he has a forthcoming release on Young Adults. With Cosmic Kids, he has released original productions and remixes for Throne of Blood and Let’s Play House.
SUNDAY MAY 10th, 1pm

GigCave Teams Up with Little Kids Rock to Help Tomorrow’s Budding Musicians

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GigCave are teaming up with Little Kids Rock, a national non-profit dedicated to unlocking students’ inner music makers by expanding music education in disadvantaged public schools nationwide. GigCave has pledged to donate a portion of its proceeds to Little Kids Rock to support its programs, which include training public school teachers and donating instruments, curricular resources, and other support to ensure kids have access to varied musical experiences.

GigCave is a free, cloud-based platform that allows musicians to create, manage, and host electronic press kits (EPKs). GigCave gives musicians the power to control their brands, manage their careers, present their best images to potential hirers, and focus on getting paid to play music.

GigCave CEO and creator Anthony Tedesco said, “Our mission is to enable aspiring musicians to do what they love – make a career out of making music. As musicians ourselves, we realize that this love and appreciation needs to be nurtured from an early age. We see this partnership as a way to give back to everyone who helped us along the way, by helping the next generation of musicians.”

“Little Kids Rock is grateful and excited to receive Gig Cave’s support and commitment to empowering young music makers,” says Little Kids Rock CEO and Founder David Wish. “It is our hope that our students will be inspired by music and live rich, purposeful lives. GigCave is doing its part to ensure they have the chance to explore the world of music now, and that there’s a vibrant music industry for them in the future.”

Both organizations share a commitment to mentorship. GigCave, as part of its unique, premium membership program, provides musicians with the ability to communicate one-on-one with industry professionals who can provide advice ranging from making live performances better to songwriting tips.

Accessible online at www.gigcave.com, GigCave is an easy-to-use platform where musicians can create and manage their EPKs free of charge and tap into a mentoring program that allows them one-on-one access to knowledgeable industry professionals.

For more information about GigCave, visit www.GigCave.com.

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ABOUT LITTLE KIDS ROCK

Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to unlocking children’s inner music-makers by revitalizing music education programming in public schools. The organization partners with school districts to train public school teachers to run its innovative Modern Band curriculum and donates all of the accompanying instruments and resources necessary to teach popular music. Little Kids Rock started as a schoolteacher’s vision to give his students access to music education that is relevant to them while diminishing budgets for the arts made that more and more difficult to do. What began as a single after-school guitar class has since exploded into a national movement that is bringing free, weekly music lessons to more than 135,000 public school children due to the efforts of nearly 1,200 teachers nationwide. To date, Little Kids Rock has served over 325,000 students. More info at www.littlekidsrock.org

ABOUT GIGCAVE

GigCave has created a unique two-fold way for musicians to take control of and advance their careers. First, GigCave has created a web-based, easy-to-use, centralized environment for musicians to create press kits in a format that is readily accessible to agents and managers to review. Secondly, GigCave’s mentoring program allows musicians unprecedented one-on-one access to industry professionals. More information is available at www.GigCave.com.

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John Legend Spotlights Fight Against Youth Incarceration

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Youth First and Advocates to End Youth Incarceration Welcome Grammy®-Award Winner John Legend to DC as part of #FREE AMERICA Listening Tour

Youth First!, a newly launched national advocacy campaign to end youth incarceration, welcomed Oscar, Golden Globe, and nine-time Grammy® Award winner John Legend to Washington, DC late Friday afternoon, April 24th, for the first stop on his #FREEAMERICA tour to focus on youth incarceration.

Youth First’s live tweeting of the event can be seen here: https://twitter.com/KidsNotPrisons

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At The Achievment Center, a juvenile justice facility that is a part of the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, Youth First’s CEO Liz Ryan briefed the group on the fight to end youth incarceration and what comes next. After, John joined a tour of the facility and spoke with kids who have served sentences in youth jails or are currently on probation, and took time to hear music created by kids at the facility.

“All around the country, I hear stories of children who look like me being labeled as criminals for doing the kinds of things that children do,” said John Legend to the room of advocates and young people. “The fight for educational equality is deeply tied to the system of incarceration– which all too often begins in our schools. Kids who act out in even minor ways, which once would result in a visit to the principal, now results in a trip with the cops and time in cages. That’s why we launched the #FREEAMERICA campaign.”

“The US is the world’s largest incarcerator of children, and we have to stop it,” said Liz Ryan in her briefing for John Legend. Ryan is CEO of Youth First, a new national initiative to end youth incarceration and redirect resources towards effective community programs for youth. “Rather than rehabilitating young people, we simply set them on a pipeline to prison when we incarcerate them. We won’t stop fighting until it ends.”

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On any given night, approximately 60,000 young people are confined in youth prisons or other out-of-home placements, most of whom are there because of social service needs. Youth First wants to change that by closing all youth prisons and redirecting those resources to community services that helps young people who would otherwise end up behind bars succeed.

Just last week, John Legend launched #FREEAMERICA, a multi-year culture campaign to amplify the growing movement to end mass incarceration. As part of the #FREEAMERICA initiative, which will expand to include other artists and high-profile individuals committed to justice reform, John Legend will lead a listening and learning tour across the country visiting with incarcerated individuals, law enforcement, legislators, and experts who’ve been thinking critically about America’s prison problem.

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Youth First is a new national initiative to end youth incarceration and redirect resources towards effective community programs for youth. Find out more at EndYouthIncarceration.org.

GET A FREE PASS! Digital Hollywood Spring MusicNEXT Forum April 27 – 30, 2015

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MusicNEXT Forum + Welcome Dinner

 

April 27 – 30, 2015 at the Ritz Carlton in Marina del Rey

 

Check out Fusicology Founder Asya Shein on Tuesday:

3:50 PM – 5:00 PM at The MusicNext Forum Track: Salon III

Women in Music – The Power Players – Artists – Executives – Managers – Journalists

 

Email Victor Harwood for your free pass

 

Act now, limited to 25 passes, first come, first serve.

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COACHELLA 2015: Highlights from music to food to Leafly in the desert

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A BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE IN THE DESERT.  The annual pilgrimage of namely-hipsters featured hour highlights including The Weeknd, Flying Lotus, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Drake, Glass Animals and a visually & sonically outstanding set from The Gaslamp Killer Experience plus an amazing Coachella debut from Stromae

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Some of our favorite sets by DJs like Carl Craig, Doc Martin, DJ Harvey, Marques Wyatt plus the Do-Lab & Heineken Tents which featured the likes we witnessed like TOKiMONSTA & Peanut Butter Wolf. 

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Special s/o to Reserve, personal dining concierge app. Reserve enables a more seamless experience, “from getting the table you want to paying effortlessly at the end of the meal” save $20 on your first meal with code LKHIJA.  Reserve hosted us at Scratch|Bar by Chef Philip Frankland Lee – stunning meal! @reserve | reserve.com

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 Massive gratitude to LEAFLY & helloMD’s for hosting their GREEN CONCIERGE @ The Do-Over in Palm Springs @ The Ace Hotel.  The medical marijuana revolution continues to evolve with these services providing streamlined information – download the Leafly app & get a 10% discount for helloMD.com to apply to get your medical marijuana card.

“looking for the perfect strain” @leafly | #greenconcierge | #leafly

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THANK YOU COACHELLA 2015! It was truly magical.

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No Scandal Here, These Gladiators Are Ruling The Empire: “Let’s Do It Again”

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Toronto based duo 80 Empire releases “Let’s Do It Again (This Night), the debut release from their label Gladiator Entertainment

The global release date for “Let’s Do It Again (This Night)” by Toronto based duo 80 Empire, the debut release from their Gladiator Entertainment imprint. The hi-NRG track, described as “a new house anthem”, has been receiving strong reviews from a broad range of globally recognized party starters. From Toronto to New York, London to LA – DJs have been sharing their enthusiasm for the 80 Empire debut, with DJ Tedd Patterson fresh from spinning at London’s at Ministry of Sound sharing “this is a great pop tune – the singer is amazing!”, DJ Spinna offering “this is Cool!”, while LA’s DJ Grade A exclaims “this joint goes HARD!”

 

80 Empire’s blast on the scene is fuelled by Toronto’s Adrian and Lucas Rezza, known in music circles as The Rezza Brothers. With 80 Empire, “80″ being the phonetic of “A-D”, an abbreviation for “Analog/Digital”, the brothers become the rulers of their own Analog/Digital universe, deftly combining Lucas’ love for all things hi-tech with Adrian’s penchant for things that harken back to earlier times. “Let’s Do It Again (This Night)” perfectly represents these sensibilities, marrying the energy of a “house” track with undeniably soulful vocals.

 

“Our main objective behind 80 Empire was to create a musical escape for people with soulful undertones, elements of classic house and a warm blend of analog meets digital. We want people to feel good and inspired…. the same type of goodness and inspiration that we feel when listening to the Masters at Work Nuyorican Soul album.”

 

With the April 21st global release of “Let’s Do It Again”, 80 Empire are turning up the heat on the dance floor. “The Empire wants you join us and be a Gladiator! Drop what you’re doing, grab someone and dance and let the song be the soundtrack to a night of crazy fun.”

 

 

“Let’s Do It Again (This Night)” (Gladiator Entertainment/FULLCC) is now available for purchase worldwide on iTunes, Amazon and all other online music marketplaces.

 

To be serviced the “Let’s Do It Again” DJ pack, please contact: wil@fullcc.com

 

 

Links:

Twitter – @80_Empire_AD

Facebook – 80Empire

Instagram – @80empire

 

 

Media Contact:
Alyse Feldman, On the Fly Public Relations, 416-802-3592; alyse@ontheflypr.com

Local Artist’s Apparel Line to Benefit Struggling SoCal Musicians

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Deedub Records Launches Apparel Line; Portion of Proceeds to Benefit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

 

Award-Winning Record Label to Give Back to Struggling Musicians

 

ARCADIA, California – March 24, 2015 – Deedub Records, an award-winning world/reggae band and record label, today announced the launch of its first apparel line. Deedub, a talented musician and lyricist inspired to share positivity and good feelings with people, will be donating a portion of Deedub Records merchandise sales to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund from Tuesday, March 24, to Thursday, April 30. Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Fans are encouraged to show their support for this inspiring organization by purchasing Deedub Records Apparel, which was designed for individuals to seamlessly transition from the studio to the streets of “anytown USA.”

 

Deedub Records is proud to be the latest supporter of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund joining the likes of artists that include: Beyonce, Calvin Harris and Ed Sheeran. Deedub Record’s donation from the month-long fundraiser will directly benefit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund in its mission to support career musicians who face seemingly insurmountable challenges.

 

“The concept behind Deedub Records Apparel was to create classic designs that work on a daily basis with the simple message, ‘Sing the song of the Soul,’” said Deedub, founder of Deedub Records. “We’re honored to partner with Sweet Relief Musicians Fund for this fundraiser as music is not only my career, but also my passion.”

 

With notable accomplishments such as opening for legends like Snoop Dogg and Eek-A-Mouse, Deedub is a talented musician and lyricist who is taking the music industry by storm. With over 500,000 online fans, a #1 ranking on the Reverbnation independent chart for World Music in Long Beach, Calif., and music videos that have aired on DirecTV’s new music station, Deedub Records has gained a worldwide following and set the music scene a-buzz since 2008.

 

For more information on Deedub Records Apparel, visit www.deedubrecords.com. To learn more about Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, visit www.sweetrelief.org.

 

About Deedub

Deedub is an award-winning world/reggae band and record label creating modern works according to the trademark gobbledy gook. Deedub and singer KLB, have a history of bringing down the house at venues throughout the Western states. Deedub is a talented musician and lyricist who is taking the music industry by storm with notable accomplishments such as opening for legends like Snoop Dogg and Eek-A-Mouse. With over 500,000 online fans, a #1 ranking on the Reverbnation independent chart for World Music in Long Beach, CA and having music videos aired on DirecTV’s new music station, Deedub Records has gained a worldwide following and set the music scene a-buzz since 2008. For more information, visit www.deedubrecords.com.

 

About Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Since 1994, Sweet Relief has given grants to musicians, singers, composers and arrangers of all music genres throughout the U.S. and Canada. During her tour with Neil Young, singer-songwriter Victoria Williams was suddenly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and to help pay for her exponentially growing medical expenses, a community of friends produced an album of her work. The proceeds of the CD helped diminish her medical bills and in turn, she started the nonprofit organization to help other musicians going through similar situations. Sweet Relief throws events and benefits all over the Orange County, Los Angeles areas and beyond. For more information, visit www.sweetrelief.org.

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Jessica Alba, Zoe Kravitz, Seal, Erykah Badu | Studio 189 x Opening Ceremony Party [LA]

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Rosario Dawson, Abrima Erwiah And Opening Ceremony 

Host a launch party and private dinner to celebrate Studio One Eighty Nine for Opening Ceremony “Fashion Rising” Collection Powered by Lexus

WHAT: Rosario Dawson, Abrima Erwiah and Opening hosted a friends & family shopping party to celebrate the launch of Studio One Eighty Nine for Opening Ceremony with music by DJ Uproot Andy and libations by Absolut Elyx.

Guests enjoyed some shopping, dancing and photo booth fun at Opening Ceremony alongside Studio One Eighty Nine co-founders, Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah. The designers were tirelessly available from start to finish to not only welcome guests, but also speak about their mission and importance of ethical fashion. The shopping party received special visits by friends Jessica Alba, Seal, Ramon Rodriguez, Shaun Ross, Alfe Woodard, Zara Martin, Emily Ratajkowski, Esthero, Katherine McNamara, Erykah Badu, Zoe Kravitz, Jesse Williams, Amy Smart, Dawn Richard, Res, DJ Uproot Andy, James Poyser and Arden Cho.

The celebrations continued to Petit Ermitage as guests were offered Lexus powered transportation from Opening Ceremony to the boutique hotel for an intimate soiree hosted by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah. Guests were treated to a private dinner on Petit Ermitage’s rooftop fire deck and enjoyed an acoustic performance by singer, Res. The music didn’t stop there as Seal surprised guests with an impromptu performance alongside emerging artist, Dorothy (Dorothy Band). Notable soiree guests included the likes of Seal, Erykah Badu, Zoe Kravitz, Jesse Williams, Amy Smart, Ramon Rodriguez, Shaun Ross, Zara Martin, and Dawn Richard. 

PHOTOS: [Courtesy of Studio One Eight Nine/Christine Chang]

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Abrima Erwiah, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson.

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Rosario Dawson & Zoe Kravitz

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Erykah Badu, Rosario Dawson, Shaun Ross.

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STUDIO ONE EIGHTY NINE 

Studio One Eighty Nine is a social enterprise that consist of creatives that seeks to provide a platform to help promote and curate African and African inspired content through an ecommerce site and an artisan-produced collection launched in support of V-Day’s One Billion Rising Campaign. We focus on empowerment, creating jobs and supporting education and skills training. The first collection launched on February 14th 2013 in honor of One Billion Rising. Created by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, the mission of Studio One Eighty Nine and the idea for Fashion Rising took shape following a trip with V-Day in February 2011, through Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda to Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the opening of the City of Joy.

Hieroglyphics Launch CREATIVES Capsule Series

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The Capsule Series:
The iconic Hieroglyphics third eye logo, created by Del the Funkee Homosapien, is being reintroduced in the group’s new “CREATIVES” capsule series, featuring work from renowned California artists Aaron De La Cruz and Sam Rodriguez. The Hieroglyphics crew wrote the blueprint for the indie rap game, with a big focus on selling merchandise and have been consistently selling out their limited edition pieces and making their third eye logo recognizable around the world for over 20 years. The CREATIVES capsule series aims to reintroduce the Hieroglyphics brand in a distinct streetwear spotlight with detailed, intricate looks for both longtime supporters and new fans.

The capsule series, which includes hoodies, jerseys, t-shirts, and zip-ups, was guided by Fresno native, San Francisco transplant Aaron De La Cruz and lifetime San Jose resident Sam Rodriguez. The artists have been featured on HYPEBEASTComplex, and more, with collaborative projects with companies such as Levi’sPumaand G-shock, just to name a few. “The two artists are both Mexican-American and this fact alone was instrumental in our collaboration,” said Hiero team member Chris Chandler. “It was important for the Hieroglyphics crew to team up with artists that had the Northern Cali flavor but may not have necessarily been from Oakland. Both artists have completely different styles but cover a large spectrum within the art realm.”

 

With the launch of the capsule, music remains as the foundation for Hiero’s endeavors. Their music conveys a message that coincides with the imagery of the third eye logo, which represents the human brain, but also showcases all that they have accomplished as a musical collective and independent record label. The Hieroglyphics logo, designed by Del the Funky Homosapien, is a symbol of quality, originality, and longevity in regards to progressive, experimental hip-hop that has been heralded for generations.

 

Shop the CREATIVES Capsule Series: http://hieroglyphicsemporium.bigcartel.com/

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The Background:
Founded in 1997 in Oakland, California, Hiero Imperium Records was founded by artists Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, and the group Souls of Mischief, consisting of members A-Plus, Opio, Phesto and Tajai. After releasing albums on several major labels, the collective established their own independent Hieroglyphics Imperium label, website, and merch company in 1997, and are credited as creating the blueprint for independent rap labels. Few other rap collectives have withstood the test of time and are still considered as vibrant, respected, and talented as when they first stepped on the scene 20+ years ago. They are also credited as being one of the first hip hop groups to work with skate, snow, and surf companies . Created by Del the Funky Homosapien, their “third eye logo” is considered the third most recognized music logo according to Rolling Stone Magazine, and has been seen tattooed on dozens of fans all over the world.

 

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