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Newly-elected mayor Cory Booker makes premiere keynote address at 1st Annual Newark Hip Hop Appreciation Week celebration.
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5/19/2006 8:09:32 AM

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The City of Newark is in dire need of redemption from crime, violence, illicit drug use, promiscuous sexual behavior, and the gang crisis that permeates throughout.  On Friday, May 19, 2006, Hiphop Edutainment Group (HHEG) will kickoff its First Annual Hiphop Appreciation Week-end celebration and run until Sunday, May 21, 2006—promoting POSITIVE ACTION in Newark Hiphoppas.

Friday, May 19 will kickoff Hiphop Edutainment Group’s second Hiphop Appreciation celebration with a historical Hiphop film screening, live entertainment, and lectures at the City Without Walls Gallery (CWOW), 6 Crawford Street, Downtown Newark.  To commemorate this special flagship celebration, HHEG has secured Hiphop legends Jerry Gant of Newark, Larry Love of NYC, and the brother of international Hiphop pioneer Jam Master Jay of Run DMC to speak on the appreciation of Hiphop’s positive influence on world culture.

Jerry Gant, Hiphop Pioneer/Legend in the Aerosol Artistry genre, will discuss Hiphop history in the City of Newark from the 80’s and 90’s; Larry Love, legendary Hiphop MC will offer historical perspective on the growth and presence of the Hiphop MC; and Jam Master Jay’s brother will represent the Jam Master Jay Foundation—a non-profit arts association providing arts education for inner city youth.

In addition, Hip-hop MC Choir Boy ( of Newark will exhibit an exclusive performance and Newark’s Black 45 will host a one-hour Hiphop artist showcase beginning at 9:00 pm in the City With Out Walls art gallery.  Kenya Pope of the Hiphop Edutainment Group will moderate the community discussion on Hiphop and its international history.  JahJah Shakur, America’s Emerging Hiphop Journalist and Temple of Hiphop affiliate will offer the keynote address for the First Annual Hiphop Appreciation Week Celebration and maintain Hiphop’s original tenets of love, unity, peace, order, and safely having fun.

Saturday, May 20 between the hours of 12:00 Noon and 6:00 PM, HHEG’s Hiphop Appreciation celebration will continue with a youth-oriented Hiphop symposium at Barringer High School, 90 Parker Street, Newark, NJ.  The first panel “Get Rich and Live Tryin’” will host entrepreneurs of varied organizations, particularly Newark Youth Build and Newark Illustrated, to offer financial empowerment resources to the youth in attendance. Laurence Hamm (People’s Organization for Progress) and Linda Jumah, 2006 Newark Board of Education candidate, will be among the panelists seated on the “From 40 Acres to 50 Cent” panel—bridging the gap in community activism.

Keynote Speaker Mayor-elect Cory Booker will speak on youth empowerment in the advancement of the Newark Renaissance.  His inspirational address on Saturday, May 20 will initiate the “Hiphop Power-tics” panel discussion where Oscar James II, Councilmember-At-Large Ras Baraka and North Ward Councilmember-elect Aníbal Ramos will represent the Hiphop voice in Newark electoral politics.

In addition, Newark Hiphop head DJ Max Jerome (, Newark spoken word artist Krosswordz, Newark public school honor student Miss Nana ( and Jersey City Break crew leader Katlogik will represent on the “Hiphop International” panel—where the global reach of Hiphop culture is explored. The final panel discussion “Get Healthy Hiphop” will encompass emotional, physical, spiritual, and moral health of those involved in Hiphop culture.

Saturday’s Hiphop Empowerment conference will conclude with motivational Hiphop performances by positive artists throughout the greater Newark area and headline performances by Newark’s native daughter Miss Nana (

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