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What we do:
Hip Hop is Green provides cultural and educational events and programs,
empowering community leadership, and connecting communities to health and wellness resources.
Hip Hop is Green supports holistic health and the transformation of urban communities
Vision: Our vision is to be the world’s resource for everything Hip Hop and green. We empower people to lead healthy lives.
Hip Hop is Green (HHIG) is a pioneering movement led by a team of artists and performers that use the power and influence of Hip Hop to speak to youth and spark positive changes in their lives.
HHIG provides powerful, life changing programs for undeserved, low income urban youth and their families in areas of health and wellness through creative media and live events.
The Hip Hop Green Dinner is our most successful project and it is the first and only event in the world combining Hip Hop and serving full vegan meals to youth and families and over the last couple of years we produced the first ever plant based Hip Hop tours in history - the Hip Hop is Green tour and the 10th Element of Hip Hop Health & Wellness Tour.
For the past eight years Hip Hop is Green (HHIG) has lead & created a healthy living movement that has generated a buzz through the many events we have produced around the country and we have assembled the largest team of vegan Hip Hop artists, chefs, authors, naturopathic doctors and health speakers. To date we have served almost 5000 vegan meals to youth and families.
We are on the vanguard of the new trend of people open to health, wellness and discovering new products.
We are the pioneers in this new Green Age of Hip Hop and we make being healthy cool to youth people and families.
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Our Oakland Hip Hop is Green chapter is rolling out our 10th Element of Hip Hop Health & Wellness program. This year we are collaborating with The North American Permaculture Convergence (NAPC), for an overnight camping event which connects youth to the environment and gives them hands on training in interactive workshops with live Hip Hop performances, camping, hiking and fun.
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LAST YEAR EVENTS
2016 Oakland - Ready to Live
10TH ELEMENT OF HIP HOP TOUR
Hip Hop is Green along with many local and national sponsors held the Oakland Ready to Live Weekend. We were very excited to bring this experience to the people of Oakland so join us at our events starting on September 22nd-23rd -2016.
SEPTEMBER 22nd- 2016
Our event was held at Aspire Berkeley Maynard Academy on Thursday September 22nd at 6:00 for the Oakland Hip Hop Green dinner.
The Hip Hop Green Dinners are a National Health Initiative set in urban communities and designed to introduce new people, especially youth, to delicious, healthy vegan food. The FREE Green Dinners are most attendees' first introduction to a vegan meal and are a perfect combination of information and entertainment. Over the last seven years we have served over 5000 healthy plant based meals to youth and families around the country.
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The first 10th Element of Hip hop health & Wellness Symposium was held on September 23rd at the East Bay Church of Religious Science - Hip Hop culture Speaks about Health & Wellness at the 10th Element of Hip Hop Speakers Symposium
Last year we helped to move Hip Hop culture forward by adding a new 10th Element, which is Health & Wellness. As part of the 2016 tour in each city we held our 10th Element speakers series events and panel groups all around the country.
The Roots: Intersection of Racism, Food Justice, Food Security and the Transformative Powers of Urban Gardening and Group Healing Through Reclaiming Outdoor Space
Reframing Fitness and Health and Wellness through Hip Hop Culture
Practicing Indigenous Foodways by Incorporating More Whole Foods Into Your Diet
How Plant Based Eating effects your health, community, and hip-hop culture?
Kale and hip-hop, can you dig it? Cultivating Culture
What does it mean to be vegan from a hip-hop perspective?
Vegan World Star: The Science behind the future
Animal Rights and Racism
Each form of the 10th Element "Health & Wellness" will be discussed in-depth such as plant based foods, organic gardening, fitness, meditation, animal rights activism and food justice.
Oakland Participants include:
Keith Tucker - Stic of Dead Prez - Afya Ibomu - Sa Roc - Sol Messiah
Ashel Seasunz - Lauren Ornelas - Tobaji Stewart - Binta Ayofemi
Wanda Stewart - Dr Gail Myers - Kevin Tillman - Breeze Harper
Oakland - Are you Ready to Live?
September 23rd – 8:00pm – 10th Element of Hip Hop Health & Wellness concert
Note: Dead Prez will take the stage promptly at 8:45pm so get there early!!!
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AshEl Seasunz Eldridge-
AshEl Seasunz Eldridge, a native of Chicago, is currently an Oakland, California based artist, educator, organizer and spiritualist. He was Outreach Associate and a Cultural Director of Green For All's Public launch called Dream Reborn and Spotlight Events Coordinator for Green Jobs Now: A National Campaign to Build the New Green Economy.
He performs spoken word, rap and sings nationally with conscious Hip Hop, Dub, Reggae and Electronica bands including Wisdom and Bassnectar. He has shared stages with Steel Pulse, KRS-One, STS9, Michael Franti, Midnite, Ozomatli and more. In addition to being a music, poetry, and meditation facilitator with Art in Action, where he works to empower low-income youth from urban communities, AshEL also combines the world of art, music and community healing with ecological sustainability within the CommuniTree Movement.
His work aims to cultivate the links between both local and global movements for social justice, spiritual awakening and ecological healing through "edutainment" and other compelling ways to captivate youth and hard to reach populations.
Gail McGuire graduated from Dartmouth College and University of Wisconsin Madison
MBA program. While attending both schools she was extensively involved with student
programming and community events including organizing concerts, speaker series,
entrepreneur dinners, networking events, workshops and annual fundraising galas.
Gail is a skilled professional with over 10 years of business experience including 7 years of
practical experience as Project Manager for nonprofit Real Estate Development organizations in California and Hawaii.
As a producer of Health & Wellness events, Gail uses her years of business and planning
experience to ensure that events run smoothly from start to finish. Gail manages all aspects of
events including site selection, contract negotiation, budget management, creative aspects,
registration/ticket sales, marketing, entertainment bookings, vendor arrangements and
volunteer coordination. Gail finds great joy in starting with an idea and turning it into an
Coordinator and Board Member
lauren Ornelas is the Food Empowerment Project's founder and serves as the group's volunteer executive director. She is also the former executive director of Viva!USA, a national nonprofit vegan advocacy organization. lauren has been active in the animal rights movement for over 20 years. After spending four years as National Campaign Coordinator for In Defense of Animals, lauren was asked by Viva!UK to start and run Viva!USA in 1999. In cooperation with activists across the country, she worked and achieved corporate changes within Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe's, and Pier 1 Imports, among others. She currently serves as Campaign Director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition.
A. Breeze Harper
A. Breeze Harper is a PhD candidate at University of California, Davis in the graduate group of geography. Focusing on critical geographies of race and food, her dissertation engages in critical race and critical whiteness theoretical applications to analyzing vegan consciousness in the USA. She is also the creator and editor of the anthology Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health and Society (Lantern 2010).
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