Artivist Entertainment & #CultureFix Host a Community Forum All Things Connected: Building Solidarity Between Communities of Color

CharLA 3 - All Things Connected: Building Solidarity Between Communities Of Color

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veronica@artivistentertainment.com

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Artivist Entertainment & #CultureFix Host a Community Forum

All Things Connected: Building Solidarity Between Communities of Color

Special Guest Speakers Include Gina Belafonte, Dr. Melina Abdullah, Nobuko Miyamoto and Meymuna Hussein-Cattan

Moderated by Nora Rahimian with a special performance by Omar Offendum

Artivist Entertainment’s Third CharLA Community Forum Series Event Takes Place at Community Coalition in South Los Angeles on Sunday May 21st

 

Los Angeles, CA (May 18, 2017): For the past three years, Los Angeles-based organization Artivist Entertainment has hosted community forums called CharLAs as a form of bringing people together to discuss social issues, art as a tool for positive social change and community organizing.

Charla is the Spanish word for chat, and while there is generally a performance aspect to the events, the focus is to discuss the topic at hand with local leaders. On May 21st, Artivist Entertainment together with #CultureFix, will present its third CharLA event titled All Things Connected: Building Solidarity Between Communities of Color at the Community Coalition in South Los Angeles. Special guest speakers include Gina Belafonte, co-founder of Sankofa; Dr. Melina Abdullah, Professor & Chair of Pan African Studies at CalState LA and Black Lives Matter LA Organizer; Nobuko Miyamoto, Artistic Director of Great Leap, Inc.; Meymuna Hussein-Cattan, Co-Founder of Tiyya Foundation; and moderated by Nora Rahimian, Cultural Curator and Co-Founder of #CultureFix. Syrian-American hip-hop artist Omar Offendum will perform.

All Things Connected will be a dialogue about the interconnectedness of the struggles of people of Color. The discussion will go into the topics of solidarity, healing, resistance, fighting against divide-and-conquer tactics and the power of diversity.

EVENT DETAILS:

All Things Connected: Building Solidarity Between Communities of Color

Sunday, May 21st at 2pm

Community Coalition

8101 S. Vermont Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90044

$5.00 suggested donation – a community, alcohol free, family friendly event

About Artivist Entertainment

Artivist Entertainment is a Los Angeles based organization founded by Aloe Blacc, Maya Jupiter, Quetzal Flores, Veronica Gonzalez and Alberto Lopez; dedicated to supporting and creating music and art that inspires positive social change. For more information on Artivist Entertainment, please visit www.artivistentertainment.com.

About #CultureFix

#CultureFix is a global collaborative network of artivists, cultural producers and change makers who use the arts and culture to effect social change in their communities.

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QUETZAL ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT FOR “THE ETERNAL GETDOWN” TONIGHT

THE ETERNAL GETDOWN album cover. Cover art by Jose Ramirez.
THE ETERNAL GETDOWN album cover image - cover art by Jose Ramirez

THE ETERNAL GETDOWN album cover image. Cover art by Jose Ramirez.

GRAMMY Award® winning band Quetzal celebrates the release of its seventh studio album The Eternal Getdown at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Special guest performers include Aloe Blacc, Ramón Gutiérrez, Rocío Marrón, César Castro, and Joey De Léon.

 

For more than 20 years, the East L.A. Chican@ rock group has been fighting oppression with their unique, culturally diverse soundscapes. The Eternal Getdown (available on March 25th) is Quetzal’s second Tradiciones/Traditions series release under Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Based in artivism (art + activism), feminist ideals, and the relentless belief that making music together has the profound potential for positive social change, The Eternal Getdown is hailing us to make some noise, to speak up, and to stomp forward in a time that is all too critical. Quetzal’s previous Folkways Recordings album titled Imaginaries, was recognized by The Recording Academy® with a GRAMMY Award® for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album in 2012.

 

Founding band member Quetzal Flores, and partner Martha González, have been creating music that speaks to the responsibility of bearing witness to one’s community and acting as agents of transformation. Having grown up in East L.A., they internalized the unique overlap of diverse cultures, sounds, and struggles, and The Eternal Getdown is a continuation of their artivist efforts. Quetzal’s music incorporates traditional son jarocho, Cuban batá, funk, Chicano rock, soul, and rhythm and blues, which encourages listeners to recognize the fluidity of the varying sounds, and the historical and ancestral relationship between them.Quetzal has long served as a mirror that reflects back affirmations of belonging and thriving in the face of brutality.  This album and concert is a call to humanity to re-member the fabric that binds us and nurtures us, community,” said Martha.
“JACCC is so excited to present the album release concert for Quetzal’s The Eternal Getdown,” said Alison De La Cruz, Director of Performing Arts & Community Engagement. “This album is musical medicine and fortifies our communities for the current struggles to create meaningful human connections and change in a time of growing fear and isolation. We are excited to welcome not only the 9 members of Quetzal to our stage, but the over 16 guest artists who will truly make this show a night that will be talked about for years to come.”

 

THE ETERNAL GETDOWN CONCERT DETAILS

Aratani Theatre

244 South San Pedro Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 628-2725

TICKETS: $25-$35, available at JACCC.org

 

MAYA JUPITER’S NEW VIDEO “MADRE TIERRA” HONORS WOMEN IN BEAUTY, STRENGTH AND THE POWER OF HER WRATH

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JUPITER EXPRESSES THE POWER OF WOMEN AND REFERENCES BLACK LIVES MATTER IN HER CALL TO “SAY HER NAME” IN THE SONG’S POWERFUL LYRICS

Los Angeles, CA (August 19, 2016): Artivist, MC and youth mentor Maya Jupiter releases her new music video “Madre Tierra” (Mother Earth) today, a song that demonstrates how women mirror the Earth in beauty and strength but also in the power of her wrath. “Madre Tierra” interrogates women’s varied roles in the home, the public sphere, on political levels and all the ways we shape social political culture, drawing on various historical references of women who have had significant impact on the world and in critical thought. The video both in imagery and lyrical content reminds the viewer of the important work women do on a daily basis.

The video’s director Kimberly Bautista, filmmaker and crusader against violence towards women, incorporates the work of Mexican animator Diego Vargas to create visually powerful imagery to compliment the strong lyrics that make up the song.

The video releases today via Maya Jupiter’s YouTube page at www.youtube.com/mayajupiter where Maya will also host a live stream discussion event at 8:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time), Friday, August 19th. The discussion will include special guest Jollene Levid of Af3irm, director Kimberly Bautista, choreographer Kara Mack, Tongan vocalist SistaNative and Dr. Martha Gonzalez of Quetzal.

“’Madre Tierra’” is my way of showing the power of women as Mother Earth. I wanted to express all the ways we love, nurture, care, fight and struggle,” said Maya Jupiter. The lyrics also reference the Black Lives Matter movement through a call to “Say Her Name” which addresses all the black women’s lives that have been lost to police brutality and other forms of violence against women of color throughout the world. Maya adds, “It is important to honor the women we have lost to violence and hold space for them. I also wanted to show how we are all connected globally and generationally in our various struggles. My Mother sent me a very special scarf to wear in the video; it comes from my Great-Grandmother’s village Çamlıhemşin, in Turkey. I wore it to honor my ancestors and to remind myself of the long line of women who fought for me.”

Keeping with Artivist tradition, especially in light of the state sanctioned violence against brown and black lives, Maya Jupiter’s intention is to instigate thought and discussion and to create generative moments that inspire people in the struggle.

 

About Artivist Entertainment

Artivist Entertainment is a Los Angeles based organization founded by Aloe Blacc, Maya Jupiter, Quetzal Flores, Veronica Gonzalez and Alberto Lopez; dedicated to supporting and creating music and art that inspires positive social change. For more information on Artivist Entertainment, please visit www.artivistentertainment.com.

Please contact Veronica Gonzalez at veronica@theelementmarketing.com for interview and video asset requests.

Video link goes live today at 7pm (PST):  https://youtu.be/7WMTvpoqOR8

 

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Aloe Blacc, Maya Jupiter & Quetzal Perform with the Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra – An Afternoon of Music That Inspires Positive Social Change: A Benefit Fundraising Concert Sponsored by Phillips Lerner’s Adopt-A-Center Program, November 15th

Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra
Contact:
Veronica Gonzalez
The Element Marketing & Publicity
veronica@theelementmarketing.com
(323) 236-2309
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Platinum Recording Artist Aloe Blacc, Maya Jupiter, & Grammy® Winning Band Quetzal Perform with the Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra at An Afternoon of Music That Inspires Positive Social Change

A Benefit Fundraising Concert Sponsored by Phillips Lerner’s Adopt-A-Center Program On Sunday, November 15th

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Artivist Entertainment Newsletter No. 6

Africa In America Magazine Event - Sept 11, 2015 - Woman Rise Up!/Balance
Artivist Entertainment Founders

Artivist Entertainment Founders (Alberto Lopez, Veronica Gonzalez, Quetzal Flores, Maya Jupiter, and Aloe Blacc)

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Movement. Community. Inspiration. Positive social change through music and art.

E-MAIL NEWSLETTER POSTED SEPTEMBER 11, 2015

 


 MAYA JUPITER

MAYA JUPITER TO PERFORM AT THE AFRICA IN AMERICA MAGAZINE 2ND ANNUAL ORIGINAL WORKS SHOWCASE FOR AFRICAN DIASPORA MUSIC & DANCE

THE WOMAN RISE-UP/BALANCE EVENT WILL BE TONIGHT, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH AT 8:00 PM

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Africa In America Magazine Event – Sept 11, 2015 – Woman Rise Up!/Balance Flyer

Africa In America Magazine (AIA) Presents the 2nd Annual Original Works Showcase for African Diaspora Music and Dance entitled Woman Rise Up!/Balance. This year’s showcase will be choreographed by the Founder/Creator of AIA, Kara Mack. The theme this year is to show the power of the roles of woman, and the harmony and “balance” that’s created with both the feminine and masculine…in short, we need each other. Read more

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