DetermiNation participates and organizes various community events connected to the DetermiNation youth movement (a partnership between United Roots and Urban Peace Movement) and the Boys & Men of Color Alliance convenings.
For information about a specific event please email: ContactUs@DetermiNationMedia.Org
Monthly Prosperity Movement Event Series
The Prosperity Movement is here. WolfHawkJaguar, Isoke Custom Designs and DetermiNation Media Group bring you a dazzling triad of performances dedicated to the celebration of prosperity. Their music is a fresh fusion of melodic hip-hop, reggae, rap, and sounds of Africa. Join the spiritually uplifting and powerful Prosperity Movement and attend all three amazing events:
The first installment of Prosperity Movement will be at the Oakstop at 1721 Broadway in Oakland from 8-11PM on June 13th.
The second installment is July 4that Oakland’s Imagine Affairs Art Lounge at 408 14th St., from 5-8PM.
The third and final installment of these dynamic performance events will be at SoleSpace , 1714 Telegraph, Oakland Ca on August 8 from 8-10PM.
Very Special Guests include: Steve Shankle, S.K.A.L.A, Zakiya Harris, Takiyah Suhail, Leek Summerz, Dj Djems, Band of Hunters, DetermiNation, Dr. Lynne Morrow, Dr. Ayodele “WordSlanger” Nzinga, Rashida Chase, Markese, Ms. Be and more.
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/605577369539539/
Tickets for all events on sale now on Brown Paper Tickets website: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/727020
For information about Prosperity Movement events please contact:
Khalilah Isoke MGM
From Oakland With Love EP
While the murder count in Oakland has decreased from 131 deaths in 2012 to 92 fatalities in 2013, many local youth-serving community organizations know that 92 is still too many. To address the need for both peace in the streets as well as inner peace of mind, body, and spirit, local Oakland groups organized “The Movement,” a social justice summit for Bay Area youth ages 16-24 that took place on Saturday May 24th, 2014, at Impact Hub Oakland.
The summit mobilized over 100 people to participate in a full day of activities, including guest speakers, interactive workshops, media presentations, music and dance performances, cultural activities, healing sessions, free healthy food, community networking and much more. The summit was grounded in culture and ritual, with a focus on trauma-informed healing practices, community organizing and youth-led social enterprises. Youth at the summit built networks and alliances with other youth groups and agencies, furthering the youth-led movement in the Bay Area. There was also a focus on youth-led social enterprises and how youth can use media and tech to not only address social and environmental issues, but to generate wealth for low-income communities. United Roots, a core organizer of this event, is in partnership with Impact HUB Oakland to be the location of the new Youth HUB co-working space for youth entrepreneurs, and many of the youth and staff from this initiative helped organize the summit.
The summit was organized by Urban Peace Movement, United Roots the Urban Strategies Council’s Oakland Boys & Men of Color Community Partners Table and DetermiNation Media Group. Funding for the summit came from Akonadi Foundation and The California Endowment. DetermiNation, a core organizer, is part of the Alliance for Boys & Men of Color, a project of The California Endowment and part of the “Health Happens Here For All Our Sons & Brothers” campaign.
The vision of promoting racial and cultural unity was designed by Urban Peace Movement’s Peace Ambassador program interns, the Determination Media Group, and a youth planning committee that consisted of youth leaders from various local organizations. Racial and cultural unity was identified as a very serious goal by these youth leaders. They believe that continuously promoting cultural awareness and respect amongst the many different racial groups in Oakland is necessary to sustaining real, long term solutions to urban violence.
Event organizers reached out to over 40 local and statewide youth organizations and organizers to not only participate in the event’s festivities, but also to lend their expertise by facilitating workshops and being guest presenters and performers. The summit opened up with traditional Native American singing and dancing (artists from the Intertribal Friendship House), followed by a speech from Jerry “Big G” Elster about his work doing bringing gangs together inside California prisons, and ending with a youth “All-Stars” panel, highlighting some of the young adults in the Bay Area that are currently leading community projects. In the afternoon there were a number of break-out workshops, including a training about community organizing, a theater of the oppressed activity, a workshop about sexism in hip-hop, a fatherhood panel, a media literacy training and much more.
“The Movement” closed with a segment that Urban Peace Movement’s Peace Ambassadors called “The Cultural Turn Up.” This portion of the program included live music performances by youth from the DetermiNation program (of the Boys & Men of Color Alliance), WolfHawkJaguar, Ernesto Olmos & Gera Marin, and local female dance sheroes Mix’d Ingrdnts, as well as a cultural food tasting from local restaurants Pupuseria Las Palmas, Touch of Soul, and Las Adelitas Mexican Restaurant.
DetermiNation Media Group, a young Black men’s media cohort at United Roots in partnership with Urban Peace Movement, took on many important roles throughout “The Movement”. At the summit, DetermiNation youth leaders gave out posters and CD’s, as well as screened short films, facilitated workshops and did live music performances (music from their latest music project) all in an effort to encourage youth of color to promote peace and make healthy life choices for the greater good of their communities.