Oakland- Ready to Live Weekend







Hip Hop is Green along with many local and national sponsors bring you Oakland Ready to Live Weekend. We are excited to bring this experience to the people of Oakland so join us at our events starting on September 22nd-23rd.


Join us 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.





Oakland - Are you Ready to Live? Hip Hop Speaks about Health & Wellness at the 10th Element of Hip Hop Speakers Symposium

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This year we helped to move Hip Hop culture forward by adding a new 10th Element, which is Health & Wellness. As part of the tour in each city we will be holding our 10th Element speakers series events and panel groups all around the country in various cities and at colleges and universities.

Our latest city is Oakland. Join us for an evening of moving the culture forward.. CLICK ON FLYER IMAGE TO RSVP



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!!!



Click if you are a local business, city agency, college or university and organization and would like to support.








AshEl Seasunz Eldridge-

 National Coordinator 

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.

Check out a special interview with AshEl here:


Gail McGuire

Coordinator and Board Member

970429_687669761258529_356168659_nGail 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
exceptional event.


Lauren Ornelas

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).

"POAGP is timely. Finally, a green and alternative health conscious film that speaks to and for the hip hop generation in a language that we can embrace"