On October 1st, community leaders along with local and national Hip Hop artist will meet in Phoenix to discuss racial profiling, police brutality, SB1070 laws, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This will take place at a premier screening of a short film “#Bars4Justice” (view or download media kit) Presented by Nation19 and Directed by award winning filmmakers Hakeem Khaaliq and Queen Muhammad Ali. “We believe this is the perfect time to use different approaches to activism especially in the state of our society today, and encouraging advocacy through hip hop can help educate and position today’s youth locally and nationally” said Queen. The film includes cameo appearances by Academy Award® winner artist Common (Selma) along with Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, M1 from Dead Prez, Jasiri X, Cornell West, Bree Newsome, and activists from all over the country. “This film documents the new generation of civil right activists who don’t sing We shall overcome they chant… Fight the Power” said Hakeem. “Bars4Justice” was filmed in Ferguson in the midst of yet another officer involved shooting during the anniversary of Michael Browns death who was killed by officer Darren Wilson on the same day a year prior.
With the growing epidemic of police deadly force against people of color, community activism has become a necessity. While community activism is progressing, there is another revolution on the rise that has not yet been televised. The revolution of HipHop advocacy and the rise of MC’s rapping about social issues.
Subsequent screenings of the film #Bars4Justice are being scheduled in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, New York, Honolulu, and Ferguson. To find out more about screening the film in your area contact 909.380.2138 or email get[at]nation19.com.
- Since the 2014 killings of unarmed 17 year old Mike brown in Ferguson, and unarmed 34-year-old father of four Rumain Brisbon in Phoenix, 1100+ people were killed at the hands of police.
- Arizona ranks among the highest in nation for deaths by Cops
- No FM or AM radio station currently play conscious Hip Hop in Phoenix
- Officer Mark Rine was not charged for the killing of unarmed father Rumain Brisbon.
- Since then Arizona passed a law in 2015 that will shield names of police in ‘deadly force’ killings.
The Public Enemy music video for “By the Time I Get to Arizona” aired on MTV only one time in 1991. However, PE’s message spread:The NFL pulled the 1993 Super Bowl from Tempe, Arizona, and thousands of conventions and tourists followed suit. It’s estimated the state lost $350 million in revenue before voters reconsidered the referendum in a 1993 vote, re-instating the King holiday.
What does “bars” 4justice mean?
The most popular time signature in music is the 4/4 measure and 4 bars is usually 1/4th of a rap verse (16 bars).
Bars4Justice is a documentary film shot on location in St Louis and Ferguson. The film follows Emcee / Community activist Jasiri X who was invited to perform at a benefit concert on August 9th 2015 along with Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Cornell West, and Bree Newsome. The screening and live Q&A discussion with Jasiri X on Hip Hop’s roll in activism locally and nationally will take place on October 1st 2015 at:
6:30PM to 9:00PM
All ages welcomed
In order of appearance
Fubar St Louis
Tory Russell (Hands up United)
Kayla Reed (OBS)
The Ferguson Poet
Bun B (UGK)
M1 (Dead Prez)
Family of Mike Brown
Rev. Renita Lamkin
Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou
Rev Traci Blackmon
Rahiel Tesfamariam (Urban Cusp)
Rabbi Susan Talve ( Reform Congregation)
Rev Michael McBride
Deray Mckesson (We The Protesters)
Andre Anderson, Chief of Police Ferguson