One Common Unity and A NU VIEW
A NU VIEW, 2008 "I may not get there with you: STUDENTS Taking MLK's Dream to MLK
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A NU VIEW, 2008 "I
may not get there with you:
MLK's Dream to MLK"
When hip-hop sounds off to the likes of Jesse
Jackson or Al Sharpton it is often met with blanket
statements of criticism that don't speak to the culture
that is the kissing cousin of the Civil Rights
movement. I May Not Get There With You, the
second annual A Nu View Project, will reflect on
the 40th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination by
taking talented DC urban teens on an
unforgettable tour of the MLK boulevards of
America. A common joke among the African-
American community is that, although Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. stood for nonviolence, streets named
after the civil rights martyr throughout the country are
oftentimes marred by crime, vandalism, declining
black businesses (if any), and yes, violence.
One Common Unity,a community-based 501
(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to innovative
education through the arts and media, will collaborate
with Straight, No Chaser Productions to develop a
documentary that explores the juxtaposition of this
phenomenon. At the center of the documentary film
will be 15 youth from Washington, DC public and
charter high schools. They will be involved by
personally relating the progress of Dr. King's dream in
a hip- hop generation, all the while learning the
fundamentals of filmmaking and positive community
Starting and focusing on MLK Boulevard in
Anacostia, A NU View youth traveled north on the 1-
95 corridor visiting Boston, New York, Philadelphia
and Baltimore and then headed south to Atlanta,
Birmingham, Memphis and New Orleans. This
documentary will put this topic in the minds of
teenagers and give the stage to create art and answer
the hard questions that separates the civil rights
movement from hip-hop culture. The program pairs
the youth with professionals in the industry from pre-
production to post-production, allowing them to learn
how to communicate a vision and their unique
perspective to those watching.
The NU View
program, created in partnership with Straight, No
Chaser Productions has been awarded a grant from
the DC Humanities Council. This recent award has
matched an important grant award received from the
DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities.
still short of meeting the fundraising goals and needs
to make sure The NU VIEW program this summer is a
success. OCU is IN NEED of equipment for the kids
to film and edit with this summer.
*3 Desktop Computers/ Monitors and Keyboards
*4 HD Video Cameras (Production Level)
*2 (1 TB) External Hard drives
*3 Digital Cameras
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YOUR DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED!
To read more about the fantastic work of these
students and to see some awesome pictures, visit
their blog at http://anuview08mlk.wordpress.com/
What happens when a pawn becomes a king or queen?
Bum Rush the Boards!~May 17,2008
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Words Beats & Life presents the 3rd annual Hip-
Hop Chess Tournament, Bum Rush the Boards
happening May 17th 2008 at Lincoln Middle School at
3101 16th Street NW Washington DC 20010 11am-
Bum Rush the Boards is open to
players of all ages 5 and above. There is a $5
registration fee to be paid the day of for all individual
players and members of teams. The $5 covers food
and prizes for players. Bum Rush the Boards is
however free and open to the public for people who
want to attend as observers of the days
Bum Rush the Boards, the World's first hip-hop chess
tournament, was created to promote the idea of
strategic struggle to the hip-hop generation. The
name of the event was inspired by Public Enemy's
album, "Yo! Bum Rush the Show" released in the
January 1st 1987.
There was a logical connection between Chess and
Hip-Hop considering the fact that hip-hop as a culture
is highly competitive. It is replete with opportunities to
battle and compete to win over crowds, crews and
sponsors. By connecting hip-hop to chess, we
have created a chess tournament that exposes youth
to a culture (hip-hop) and a science (chess) that
requires them to think ahead, manage talent and size
up their adversary. These skills are useful in hip-
hop, chess, business and in life.
This is especially important for a generation of youth
who have been made to believe that playing
the "pawn" in life is cool. They have only been taught
to move in one direction and many adults see them as
dispensable players. Bum Rush the Boards
dares to ask, "What happens when a pawn becomes
a king or a queen?" What happens when a pawn
knows that he or she can be more and sees for the
first time that they can ultimately be the most powerful
player in the game? Bum Rush the Boards
harnesses the power of hip-hop culture and the
science of chess to open the minds of a generation to
a host of new options the world has available to
Social & Networking Event
A Cultural Grass Roots & Non Profit Collective
LET'S GET TOGETHER
A Cultural Grassroots & Non Profit Collective
May 21, 2008
You are cordially invited to
the "Let's Get
Together" Grass Roots & Cultural Non Profits
Collective (Monthly Gathering)
The Topic for MAY is
"Options for setting up your charitable
organization", facilitated by a round table
Where: ECAC - 733 Euclid St. NW
When: May 21
Time: 6:00 pm -8:00pm
Cost: FREE (donations are appreciated to
venue & other costs)
This event is sponsored by Sylvia Robinson of the
ECAC www.ecacollective.org and Candace J. Mickens
of Ubuntu Village www.ubvillage.org.
contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Without Beautiful Mothers... There would be no fine brothers..
Happy Mothers Day & Happy Fine Brothers Day!
Ubuntu Village wishes all the MOTHERS reading this
a HAPPY MOTHERS DAY, TODAY & EVERY DAY.
MAY 14 is the 4th Annual Fine Brother's Day.
What? Never heard about it? You will.
Stay Tuned for May 14
What Do You Think About Africa?
What do YOU think about AFRICA?
This professional quality DVD is a collection of
hundreds of photos, video footage, interviews, music
and commentary that highlight images which the
mainstream media doesn't portray about Africa in a
effort to educate, inspire and evoke dialogue about
some misperceptions related to Africa.
LIONS, JUNGLE, WAR, CORRUPTION, AIDS &
is that "What YOU Think About Africa?"
Join in the movement to present a positive, balanced
image of Africa.
$25 or more
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