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September 22, 2018 'The 4th Annual Motherland Block Party' was about to make history once again on the Red Lake Nation reservation. When we arrived to the Humanities Center the lines were so deep at the front side and back of the center and the DJ AO was unloading his car, my daughter and I helped grab his equipment and barreled our way through the crowd. The wind was blowing, and the temperature was dropping quick, but these people didn’t seem to mind waiting. They were so psyched to get into the center to watch, listen, and be a part of history in the making!
“We have bestowed dignity on the children of Adam (laqad karramna bani Adama) …and conferred upon them special favours above the greater part of Our creation” (Q.17:)
Twin Cities Minnesota, The Day of Dignity is and has become a staple of community events that focuses on the dignity and worth of all people, to bring together the Twin Cities community on the basis of self-respect, service to our fellow human beings and to create a harmony we all strive for and to nurture our collective sense of peace, love, integrity and work.
This years’ Day of Dignity will see its 8th annual year in which the Twin Cities joins other cities across the nation for the same purpose of service. People from all over the Twin Cities are encouraged to attend, come by in the best of spirits, smile, hug, build, have intellectual conversations, heal, enjoy the company of others, eat, dance, help others by volunteering or simply just be present in a welcoming space.
I-BE along with Minneapolis/Nigerian artist and producer Afrokeys, have released the EP titled 'All Figured Out'. This project was supposed to come out May 3rd when I-BE started having some health problems in January 2018. These health problems would consist of coordination loss on the right side of his body and loss of speech for 30 second spells.. every five minutes.
Saturday started with great anticipation. From running to Pub 500 to get their pulled turkey sandwiches which they donated, to picking up pizzas from Little Caesar’s for the kids to have. Dj AO (Austin Owen) and Dj CNDRM were ready to set-up and get things rolling before everyone started to show up.
There was also water donated from Cub Foods that was chilled and ready to be served along with watermelon donated from Hy-Vee that were cut up and ready to be devoured on this hot summer day! Also vendors such as ACLU, CADA House, and The Dance Dream
Hip Hop Culture, what can I say, the most beautifullest thing in the world is just like that, Hip Hop has touched every corner of the globe, has changed hearts, saved lives and has inspired millions of kids, young adults and even the elderly to be the best they can be in any given moment, from generation to generation, Hip Hop creates stories and experiences in folks that are so immense.
Born in the one of the most impoverished and underserved places in the U.S. at the time, the south Bronx made something out of nothing and sparked a movement that would change the world forever. Hip Hop is more than just a genre of music, it is a way of life, a mode of thinking, how one perceives their environment, it is empowering, invigorating and brings out the best in us.
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