Approximately 150 people turned out for the day long hybrid hip hop fest, community rally/summit which promises to be the first of many at the UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center, a new youth focused cultural center in the heart of Seattle’s Central District.  The day’s activities kicked off with Green Organizers Mixer & Brunch attended by representatives of over 15 organizations doing work around sustainable living, environmental stewardship and green jobs.

The outdoor show featured opened with acapella and spoken word performances by hip hop soul wordsmiths Jamil Suleman, KHMET, Korvus Blackbird followed by M. Famous setting off the hip-hop. Highlights included area natives Suntonio Bandanaz and Yirim Seck both who grew up within two blocks of the center located at 24th & Spring in the Central District.  Razpy and his Vigilantes took it to another level with live band followed by an unannounced but firewater set by bay area native and Hip-Hop Congress Executive Director Shamako Noble.  Other special guest appearances by LaRue, Rajnii Eddins freestyling a whole song over the Mtume Juicy beat, Sean Good and Young Sic.  Music was provided by Zecheriah The Barber (All City Chop/Mint Factory Clothing) and DJ Kuhnex.

Participating organizations included Mothers Outreach Movement, Hip-Hop Congress, Life Enrichment Group, Got Green, African American Longshoreman Coalition, Seattle Pea Patch, Sustainable South & Central District, Association for Africentric Development, Nation of Gods & Earths, Bikery, Really Free Market, BikeWorks, Pursuit of A Green Planet, King County Department of Health, Community Coalition for Environmental Justice, African American Clergy and others.

The next event  at the UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center will be the Malcom X Day Hip-Hop Fest  scheduled for  Sunday, May 17th. The event will feature workshops based on the philosophies of the late human rights leader Malcolm X, live performances and a keynote speech by former congresswoman and 2008 Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney who will be in Seattle to participate. For more information contact Wyking@gmail.com or 206.941.2527.

For more information on the Green Light Initiative for Eco Justice & Equity contact Amber Croyle at green@umojafestpeacecenter.com.




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