Entries in New York City (5)
New York City was nearing bankruptcy, gang violence was more and more present everyday. From 1968-1975 the city needed an answer, as levels of 'rage and frustration' rose. Kids growing up with their hope deflated, found little else but the gangs.
Shan Nicholson's film 'Rubble Kings' traces a city's transition from a borderline warzone to the birthplace of hip hop culture. Ultimately the film will demonstrate how young people transformed a culture of gang violence into a global culture of art, music, and dance, known as hip hop. The film is mostly completed, and the donations are still very much necessary.
If you love hip hop like we do, offer up whatever cash you can to help fund the necessary clearances for archival footage and music used in the film. This is your chance to be a part of history, because you're helping history see the light of day.
This is a very inspiring story of determination, even in the harshest of circumstances. It can easily inspire the youth of today, but they need to hear this story first. That's where we come in:
The aftermath of hurricane Sandy is every bit as fearsome as the storm itself. Especially for those right in the middle of the mayhem. The city of New York is a frightening, but inspiring reminder of how people will do anything and everything they can to help their neighbours in times of peril.
For so many people throughout the world, the feeling is one of relieved compassion. We are thankful, and we will do what we can to help. A good example is the 'text to donate' campaign by the American Red Cross, made prominent by everyone from celebrities on twitter, to the NFL during their broadcasts this weekend.
One thing we discovered recently was that some of the areas surrounding New York City are in dire need of supplies, and media coverage. We found this story on Truth-Out.Org, pointing out how many people's homes have been destroyed or heavily damaged in Staten Island and things even more terrifying and gruesome than that.
Rarely in the news, but faced with devastation many people are without homes. In some cases, the houses are still standing, but need extensive repairs. Some have even been lifted from their foundation. (See above photo)
Many people feel abandoned by anyone outside of the area as the community reaches out to help each other. The island already feels remote, and with a gas shortage and limited cellphone reception that feeling is amplified. There's no imagining what living through this would be like. There's only gratitude for who and what we have and whatever we can do to help.
REDCROSS to 90999 to support the American Red Cross
STORM to 80888 to give to the Salvation Army
HUMANE to 80888 for the American Humane Association
UWHC to 52000 to the United Way of Hudson County, N.J.
each message sent to these organizations will be a $10 donation, and can be repeated up to five times.
In the United States, Verizon customers will see their donations matched up to 1 million dollars. The NFL reached out to it's fans, encouraging text donations to the American Red Cross and to assist in anyway possible. After much discussion with the Governor of New Jersey, the NFL decided to proceed with Sunday afternoon's game in East Rutherford New Jersey.
It was inspiring to see people who have lost nearly everything still find something to celebrate. The New York Giants' Martellus Bennett had this to say "You always want to win and it was great as to how many people showed up with what was going on in the city and it was a hard-fought game. I don't think they were let down. We did the same thing the city has been doing, which is fighting, fighting, fighting. Everybody has come back and we have to continue to fight. People in the city are continuing to fight and you can't win every battle, but you live to fight again."
Let's not forget anyone who is out there, fighting for their lives and those who need help. Please mark your donations 'Disaster Relief' so that the money goes directly to where it is needed most. As it gets colder, it will not get easier and our help is needed more and more.
For more information on the situation in Staten Island, check out this post on truth-out.org.
'Don't Look Back' is out on Vicious and is the newest release from the unstoppable team of Tommie Sunshine and The Disco Fries. Directed by Nick Cucci, the video includes cameos from both Tommie Sunshine and the Disco Fries, and beautifully showcases New York City.
The song is currently available on Beatport and iTunes (only for those living in Australia/New Zealand at the moment). The attention to detail is what takes this video to the next level. Watch out for the alarm clock in the beginning, you'll see what I mean.