Family Day Was A Huge Success At Seth Low Houses As They Prepare To Address The Dropout Crisis, Unemployment, Healthcare, Drugs, Crime, Gun And Gang Violence By Working With The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council And Their 7 E’s 4 Power Tour, Power 105.1, vitaminwater, Council Member Mealy, The AIDS HealthCare Foundation And Many Others
“Vote 4 New Hope With The Power In Public Housing”
At the 2015 Seth Low Family Day Event, we caught up with Reginald Bowman, President of the NYCHA City-Wide Council of President and one of the most credible people we have known that is actually on the ground, in the developments using his contacts and skills to make life better for NYCHA residents. We meet a lot of people in NYCHA, but for over 7 years now, this man has made many sacrifices for his NYCHA Family and their ongoing struggle to obtain the support, services, security and economic opportunities needed for residents to live a productive life.
Things are slowly improving in Public Housing thanks to committed leaders like Mr. Bowman, his team, and a host of elected officials who have been leading the charge for decades. We are looking forward to working with Reggie and bringing him the resources to make NYCHA a better place to live for all residents. Yes there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, but things are finally moving in the right direction and as a team we will get the job done. We have several new initiatives with Power 105.1, “The Shark” Daymond John, vitaminwater, RavePCS, Hip-Hop Wireless, Microsoft, the Source Magazine and celebrities from the entertainment industry that we are about to introduce to NYCHA through Mr. Bowman that will provide more opportunities for the residents, with a focus on the safety and economic empowerment of the youth and young adults in NYCHA. Let’s get into the interview.
How many years has Seth Low been doing Family Days?
Seth Low houses has been doing Family Days since the 1960’s.
What does Family Day mean to you and the community?
Family day is both a celebration and a reunion. We celebrate the meaning of Family and its bonds that go beyond just blood ties, and a reunion of the people who have lived in the Seth Low Public Housing Community and the Public Housing Community of Brownsville for decades.
What are you doing as President of the NYCHA Council of Presidents to address Crime, Poverty, Unemployment, and Gun & Gang Violence?
It is my belief that the problems of Crime, Gun and Gang Violence, are a direct result of Poverty and Unemployment. We have made efforts to launch projects such as the Brooklyn East Anti-Violence Initiative and create partnerships with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council to provide Training and Employment programs, which provide real job opportunities for residents. These initiatives work hand in hand with all stakeholders to promote resident owned business development, and concrete opportunities for alternatives to criminal activities, that are a direct result of unemployment.
How are relations with NYPD and what can be done to improve them?
As the co-creator of the Safety and Security Task force, a partnership with the NYCHA residents, NYPD and City Agencies, we proactively have worked to address and improve the relationships between Law enforcement and Public Housing residents. The efforts resulted in the changing of the NYPD Housing Patrol Guide, and established an ongoing effort to meet regularly to improve communications and active initiatives between the police and the community. The efforts have a long way to go.
Let’s talk about the Political Power in NYCHA and the role residents can play in the upcoming Presidential Elections?
I launched the “Vote 4 New Hope” and “Power in Public Housing” initiatives with The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council in 2008, to organize the more than 200,000 registered voters in Public Housing in NYC to be the deciding vote in Local, State and Federal Elections. According to a Daily News article the Public Housing vote had a very high turn out in New York and did play a role in electing President Obama to the White House. We have proven to be an effective voice as we quietly elected key politicians to office, which is evidenced by the recent investments of millions of dollars in Public Housing by State and City Governments. I hope that we can again use the “VOTE FOR NEW HOPE” power and influence as a strategy in the 2016 Presidential elections and organize with the Music Industry to be the deciding vote in the 2016 elections. We have the votes to do it. We just need to get mobilized and take over the political arena as the youth and entertainment industry has done in the past.
Why are there so many youth and young adults killing each other in Brooklyn and throughout the city? What can we do about it?
I have no real answer to this. It is my belief that this country’s culture of violence, war and conflict can be researched and blamed for some of this, and the continued mass killings and police killings, everywhere, are all related. I believe that until we realize this is a national problem, with a need for real comprehensive solutions, the violence will continue to destroy our youth and communities.
Give me your thoughts about today’s event?
This event was a total success and achieved the objective of bringing people together to celebrate and honor life and be “Reunited With Family and Friends.”
Any special shout outs for your Family Day supporters?
Special Shout Out to Power 105.1 and vitaminwater, The Seth Low Houses Board Members, the NYCHA Staff, Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, the Source Magazine, and the Seth Low Houses Family.
As you well know we are pushing to get more sponsors involved with NYCHA, this year we have Power 105.1 and vitaminwater, give me your thoughts?
The NYCHA communities generate and spend millions in purchases and it is about time that those corporations give something back to the community and we would like to thank Power 105.1 for being in the forefront of these activities and we look forward to working with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, the station, and their sponsors in the future.
Give me your thoughts about your ongoing plan to make NYCHA a better place for all residents citywide?
I believe and vision using the economic and political power of NYCHA Communities residents to restore the infrastructure of the facilities and be a force for restoring the ladder of economic and social opportunities that NYCHA is intended to be for years to come.
The Negro Family: The Case For National Action(the 1965 Moynihan Report) was written by Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a sociologist and later U.S. Senator. It focused on the deep roots of black poverty in America and concluded controversially that the relative absence of nuclear families (those having both a father and mother present) would greatly hinder further progress toward economic and political equality.
Come Out And Support National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Power 105.1,
the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council & NYCHA City-wide Council of Presidents and NYCHA
Where:Seth Low Houses Community Center, 137 Belmont Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
When:Saturday, February 7, 2015
This joint initiative between AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Power 105.1, the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, NYCHA City-wide Council of Presidents and the New York City Housing Authority addresses the dangers of HIV/AIDS in Housing Developments and the surrounding communities. It will be the efforts of the “Skilled Surgeons” involved with this project that we will provide HIV/AIDS Testing, Support Services, as well as the Prevention and Education needed to finally put an end to the Virus.
PRIZES TO BE DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE EVENT WILL INCLUDE:
2 Family Four packs to Hall of Science
2 Pairs of Meek Mill Best Buy Concert tix
1 Family Four to NBA House by MSG 2/11
1 Family Four to NBA House LIU 2/13
1 Pair to NBA House LIU 2/13
10 vouchers for two to the Roc City Classic with Kevin Durant/Kanye West Concert
There is “Power in Public Housing” and for further information on this and other events including “Testing Tuesdays” starting February 10th; National Condom Day on February 13th; or just to be a part of a “New Innovative Movement” to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in our schools, community and NYCHA developments, please hit us up at: RandyKFisher@gmail.com.
Posted by Charles and Randy Fisher (Twitter / Instagram / Facebook @HHSYC).
JAY Z, YOUNG JEEZY, CHRIS BROWN, TREY SONGZ, T.I, NE-YO, BOBBY SHMURDA, FRENCH MONTANA, TINASHE, KID INK, CHILDISH GAMBINO, MIGOS & J-COLE ROCK THE POWERHO– — USE CONCERT
THE HIP-HOP SUMMIT YOUTH COUNCIL AND THEIR HIP-HOP AGAINST GUN & GANG VIOLENCE PROJECT WITH SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE POWER 105.1 CONTINUE THEIR GROUNDBREAKING WORK TO END GUN & GANG VIOLENCE THROUGH THE 7 E’S 4 POWER INITIATIVE AS “RAPTIVISM” TEAM MEMBERS NE-YO, BOBBY SHMURDA, MIGOS, TINASHE, REMY MA & KID INK TAKE A STAND AGAINST GUN & GANG VIOLENCE AT NY’S MOST ELECTRIFYING CONCERT OF THE YEAR; POWERHO– — USE
Raptivism Team Members Will Receive A Plaque For Their Support And Copy of the Proclamations and Resolutions From NYS Governor Cuomo, NYS Senate & Assembly, NYC Mayor de Blasio, NYC Council, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone for the 2014 3rd Annual Hip-Hop Against Gang & Gang Violence Week with Plans for the 2015 Annual Event in the Works
By Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher @HHSYC — PIX AT THE BOTTOM
The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council (HHSYC) and Power 105.1 continue their groundbreaking work to end gun and gang violence through the Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Project and the 7 E’s 4 Power Tour at the 2014 POWERHO– — USE Concert at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY. This year’s star-studded sold out concert was simply “off the chain” as the hot & heated crowd sang, rapped and rocked to the hits performed by their favorite stars including Chris Brown, Trey Songz, T.I, Ne-Yo, Bobby Shmurda, French Montana, Tinashe, Kid Ink, Childish Gambino, J-Cole and Young Jeezy, with special guest Jay Z. As the night slowly came to a close, it was Trey Songz and Chris Brown that took the stage by storm and had the ladies chanting and screaming out one hit after another. Those two guys on stage together, with their singing and well choreographed dancing, know how to bring down the house.
But just when you thought you have seen it all, it was Jeezy’s surprise guest, Brooklyn’s hometown favorite Jay Z, who is the “Undisputed King of the Hip-Hop Game,” that got the crowd off their feet for the very last time as the Living Legends took the stage to do their hit song “I Done Seen It All.” Now let’s keep it real—you know you have Power when you can get Hov to come back to BK and close out the show. How many radio stations can take credit for such a memorable experience? It will surely go down in Hip-Hop history.
Thanks to the socially responsible Power 105.1 students from over 25 schools were rewarded with tickets for their good grades, attendance, for joining the “Raptivism Team” and providing Solutions to End Gun & Gang Violence through the 7 E’s 4 Power Tour. Both the Tour and Raptivism Movement were created to teach students and young adults how to use the positive influence of Hip-Hop to be more proactive towards ending gun and gang violence. November is Hip-Hop History Month in NYS and as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the culture we will continue to inform children, youth and young adults about the creation of the greatest international cultural phenomenon ever created. Hip-Hop transcends race, religion, culture and ethnicity and is the lifestyle of choice for billions of youth worldwide.
The culture was founded in the South Bronx to address crime, gun and gang violence, unemployment, academic failure and drug abuse. When the pioneers created Hip-Hop they did it out of love for their family and community, as well as respect for their friends and peers. It is up to us to educate our youth today about their “Civic & Social Duty to the Culture.” You can enjoy the music, but to be a part of real Hip-Hop you have to also take care of your neighborhood. “We are our Brother’s & Sister’s Keepers” and “It Does Take an Entire Village to Raise a Child.” So through the Raptivism Movement we will continue to make a change and want those that care to become “A Part of the Solution and not the Problem.”
What we also liked about this concert is that all though everyone was there to have fun, Power 105.1 flashed Public Service Announcements on the big screen all night long to enlighten the young audience about the dangers of HIV/AIDS courtesy of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, an organization committed to work with Power 105.1 and the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council to address the spike of new HIV infections with young Blacks aged 16-26; Black Women; and Black Men Having Sex With Men. In the US, the AIDS epidemic is on the decline except in the African-American Community and now something creative is being done using the influence of Hip-Hop to address this silent killer.
The word to remember is “Show Business” and as artists worked their “Show” on stage, the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council handled their “Business” backstage and was poppin’ with the help of Power 105.1 soliciting support for the “Raptivism Team.”Slack-tivism is no longer an option as we move forward to empower young citizens and the communities they reside. By using the power and influence of celebrities the HHSYC can build on a successful 2014 summer where they produced 105 events over 105 days with Power 105.1 to end Gun & Gang Violence.
In 2014 the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council received “Proclamations and Resolutions”from NYS Governor Cuomo, NYC Mayor de Blasio, the New York City Council, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone, the NYS Senate and the NYS Assembly.It is the group’s intent to share their success with select artists, on-air personalities, executives and community leaders that attended Powerhouse, as they move forward with their plans for the 4th annual “Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Week” in May of 2015. The week long celebration is on track to be the most talked about socially responsible week in Hip-Hop History.
Thanks to Power 105.1 the organization is in a unique position to finally get artists, producers, managers, promoters, venues, radio, TV and record companies to be more socially responsible and use their influence and celebrity status to address Poverty, illiteracy, Substance Abuse, HIV/AIDS, Gun & Gang Violence.Hip-Hop is so often depicted by the media as a violent culture, but this is a rare opportunity for the art form to show the world, especially our children, that we know how to entertain and also be socially responsible to our family, friends and community.
“I want to thank Thea Mitchem, Gee Spin, Joe De Angelis, Jill Shellhorse, the Breakfast Club, and a host of on-air personalities for supporting our 7 E’s 4 Power Tour and the “Raptivism Movement.” Even though I would have loved to see the concert, our work backstage was more important as we continue to build a team committed to the needs of the people like the pioneers that created Hip-Hop 40 years ago. It’s been a year since we hooked up with Power 105.1 and the partnership is growing stronger every day so we appreciate the station’s help addressing gun and gang violence, as well as HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, Poverty, Illiteracy, unemployment and academic failure. What they are doing with us goes way beyond the scope of what most companies do for community groups on the front line in the ‘hood,” stated Randy Fisher, Executive Director, HHSYC.
“Last year we said we wanted to take this to take this project to another level; with all these Proclamations and support from artists and Power’s on air personalities I think we have accomplished our goal. I’m looking forward to 2015 so we can do even more to end gun & gang violence using the positive influence of Hip-Hop to make a difference in our communities,” ended Gee Spin, Music Director, Power 105.1.
“Standing here in front of these Proclamations and looking at the fruits from all of our hard work is a good feeling. All the way from City Hall with the Mayor and the City Council, to Albany with the Governor, Senate and Assembly, as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties, we have had a great summer in our work to make our streets safe. Doing 105 events over 105 days was not an easy task but we all knew that working to end gun and gang violence was not going to be a cake walk, but we have achieved our goal. Now I’m looking forward to doing even more next year with you guys,” ended Joe De Angelis, Director of Promotions, Clear Channel Media.
“I’m here to support this movement and do what I can to help stop the violence. I support the Hip-Hop Against Gun and Gang Violence project because we must do something about all the young and innocent youth that die every day from gun violence,” stated Columbia recording artist Tinashe.
“We have to put an end to all this shooting that goes on in our schools and community, whatever role I can play you can count me in because I want to help make a difference,” stated RCA recording artist Kid Ink.
“As a family man it is important for me to join the cause so we can protect our children from all this madness that plagues our communities. We have the collective power to turn things around and I’m ready to do what is necessary to end the violence,” stated Def Jam recording artist Ne-Yo.
“You guys were here last year and I see you once again and I know just how serious you are about ending gun and gang violence, just as I am. You know I’m with the cause because the youth today need help now more than ever. Let’s continue the journey and make an even bigger impact next year,” said DJ Envy, Breakfast Club on air personality, Power 105.1.
“In 2015 the “Raptivism Team” will be ready to fulfill the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King. Thanks to Power 105.1, as well as the Source Magazine, elected officials, Video Music Box, metroPCS, the Daymond John Academy and a lot of other partners we are in a unique position to use the “7 E’s 4 Power (Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Entertainment, Equality and Empowerment) and the “Raptivism Movement” to end gun and gang violence, as well as address a host of problems that plague poor and disadvantaged communities. Hip-Hop was created to improve social conditions in the South Bronx 40 years ago and now we are ready to take our movement throughout the US and abroad,” ended Charles Fisher, Founder, HHSYC.
“I’m here today for the concert of course, but also to support the Hip-Hop Against Gun and Gang Violence project because too many of our young people are shooting without thinking of the consequences, joining gangs and going to prison at a young age. We have to take a new approach to address the problem and I know that Hip-Hop has the power and influence to help put an end to all this violence,” Angie Martinez, on air personality, Power 105.1.
“Hip-Hop is a powerful force and it’s time for us to step up to the plate and take back our communities from those that don’t think twice about who they pull the trigger on and where they pull the trigger, so we’re ready to help the cause,” stated Atlantic recording artists Migos.
“It has been great working with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council all year to address gun and gang violence, as well as HIV/AIDS through the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Our youth need guidance and role models that can help keep them on a positive path. Whatever I can do to enlighten the youth, especially the young ladies out there, you can count on me and the entire Breakfast Club for continued support. Hip-Hop is a powerful tool and if used properly can make a difference in the lives of our children,” Angela Yee, Breakfast Club on air personality, Power 105.1.
“Right now I’m in Brooklyn, this is where I grew up, everyday someone is getting killed in this town, I’m ready to play a role to stop all this crazy violence that has taken the lives a lot of people I know, so I’m ready to join the team and help any way I can baby,” said Epic recording artist Bobby Shmurda.
“As a culture, Hip-Hop is slowly returning to its roots and as we get more support from the artists you will see major changes in the way our students, youth and young adults handle their business in school and on the streets. It’s been a long 13 year process but thanks to Power 105.1 we are in a unique position to use the power of Hip-Hop to improve the lives of our children and make our communities safe,” ended Randy Fisher, Executive Director, HHSYC.
“Working to end gun and gang violence and HIV through the AIDS Healthcare Foundation is a priority for us at Power 105.1 because it is important for us to take care of our listeners and the communities they reside. I will continue to give my support towards this worthwhile cause and help to get the word out about the great work you guys are doing at the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council to keep our communities safe,” stated Jill Shelhorse, Senior Account Executive, Clear Channel.
“All this violence has to stop if we are going to save the next generation. Whatever you need me to do I’m all in because regardless of all that negative talk about Hip-Hop there are a lot of brothers out there that are doing the right thing in their ‘hood and I’m here to support your great work to end gun and gang violence,” stated DJ Clue, on air personality, Power 105.1.
“I’m here today with my son once again and I love what you guys are doing to save our children and help to put an end to gun and gang violence. I know it’s not easy but there are a lot of positive people in the game that I know will help and now that you have the full support of the station there is nothing we can’t do to end the violence. So just holla at me and I will do what I can to support your work,” stated DJ Self, on air personality, Power 105.1.
“We have too many guns out there and if we don’t come up with some type of plan to stop the violence we are in a lot of trouble, I have to give the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council a lot of credit for pushing this project because we really need to do something to keep the peace and Power 105.1 is on board,” said DJ Prostyle, on air personality, Power 105.1.
“There is so much talent and power within the culture that once we join forces there is no social issue that we can’t solve. It’s been 40 years now since the birth of the culture and the number has some very spiritual and mystical significance: it rained 40 days and 40 nights during the time of Noah; Jesus fasted and was tempted for 40 days; and Moses wandered with the Jews in wilderness for 40 years. It has always been my belief that the final and most important frontier for Hip-Hop to explore is “Spiritual Empowerment” and with the support of Power 105.1 we will be able to use the same energy that started the “Raptivism Movement”, which lead to creation of Hip-Hop to make our communities a better place to live. We are up for the challenge, just like the pioneers were 40 years ago and will need all the support we can get from those that want to save the next generation just as much as we do,” ended Charles Fisher, Founder, HHSYC.
“I’m back out here and really excited about joining the team and being a part of a moment to stop the violence. I hope I can have some type of affect on all the sisters out there that may be involved with a lifestyle that has a negative impact on their future. Our youth need help and I am prepared to give you guys all the support I can to end gun and gang violence. Just give me a call and I’m ready to use my experience to help others avoid a life of crime and violence,” Universal recording artist Remy Ma.
“It was great having you guys on the show this year and I applaud all the great work that you are doing. All these Proclamations are great and I’m glad that we could be of some assistance to help you on your mission to end gun and gang violence. The Breakfast Club will continue to support your work and I’m looking forward to working with you guys again next year because we have to do something to help out our youth and keep our neighborhoods safe from all this crazy violence,” Charlamagne Tha God, Breakfast Club, on air personality, Power 105.1.
“I think this is a great project, long over due and I give you guys a lot of props, so with that being said I’m ready to role up my sleeves and do what needs to be done to save our young people from all this senseless violence that takes the lives of so many talented young people,” said Em Ez, on air personality, Power 105.1.
If you are looking for a way to “Increase Your Spiritual Bank Account” and join the “Raptivism Team” Hip Hop’s Most Powerful, Recognized and Respected Movement to end Gun & Gang Violence hit us up at: RandykFisher@gmail.com.
PICTURES OF BANNER AND PROCLAMATIONS
PICTURES OF “RAPTIVISM TEAM” AND SUPPORTERS
ABOUT THE HHSYC
The HHSYC was founded in July 2001 by Charles Fisher (also known as the former manager of LL Cool J, the Lost Boyz and co-discoverer of R. Kelly). The organization was created to help implement commitments made by record companies, artists, community leaders and elected officials at the historic 2001 Hip-Hop Summit in New York City. Participants are taught how to constructively use their time, talent and the Hip-Hop culture to improve social, political and economic conditions in their school, home and community. Randy Fisher is the organization’s Executive Director. For additional information, visit www.HHSYC.org.
ABOUT THE HIP-HOP AGAINST GUN & GANG VIOLENCE PROJECT
The Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence project is an innovative 10-prong proactive approach that educates and trains students and young adults on how to end gun and gang violence in their school and community. The project works with celebrities, students, elected officials, community and business leaders, clergy, gang leaders, seniors and formerly incarcerated citizens to improve public safety. The annual Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Week initiative launches a 105-day campaign and tour a week prior to Memorial Day Weekend and ends Labor Day. The holiday represents the unofficial start of summer, a period when gun violence spikes. Activities offered include our: 7 E’s 4 Power Tour; Raptivism Movement; Community Ambassadors for Peace initiative; Rap 2 Bridge the Gap; Time 2 Shine Talent Showcase; Solution Summits; Shark-A-Nomics; Daymond John Academy 101; Hip-Hop Book Club; School & Community Center Adoption Program; in addition to films; gun buy-back programs; trips; Celebrity PSAs; prize give-a-ways; essay contests; sports and entertainment events.
ABOUT THE 7 E’S 4 POWER & THE RAPTIVISM MOVEMENT
The purpose of this initiative is to show individuals how to use the “7 E’s 4 Power” (Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Entertainment, Equality and Empowerment) along with the “Raptivism Movement”, to help students graduate from school, prepare for the world of work and improve public safety in their school, home and community. The “social and spiritual conscience” of the pioneers who created the “Raptivism Movement”, lead to the birth of Hip-Hop in the South Bronx over 40 years ago to address; crime, unemployment, gun and gang violence, substance abuse and other issues plaguing poor communities. Both initiatives also allow us to adopt schools through our “School & Community Center Adoption Project” (SCCAP) so that we can bring resources, services, perks, prizes and other incentives to help reduce the dropout rates; address gun & gang violence, poverty; illiteracy; unemployment; substance abuse and HIV/AIDS; and garner support for the overall program.
HOT ATLANTIC RECORDING ARTISTS DIGGY SIMMONS & TREVOR JACKSON, WITH POWER 105.1 & DJ SUSS-ONE SUPPORT THE 7 E’S 4 POWER TOUR
SUPER HOT ATLANTIC RECORDING ARTISTS
DIGGY SIMMONS & TREVOR JACKSON
MAKE A GUEST APPEARANCE ON THE
7 E’S 4 POWER TOUR TO SUPPORT THE
HIP-HOP AGAINST GUN & GANG VIOLENCE PROJECT
AND POWER 105.1 IN THEIR EFFORTS TO HELP
INCREASE GRADUATION RATES, PROVIDE JOBS
AND REDUCE GUN & GANG VIOLENCE IN
SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES
As the “Raptivism Movement” continues to pick up steam through the 7 E’s 4 Power Tour the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council (HHSYC) and their Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Project completed their 100th event at PS/MS 42 in Far Rockaway, Queens with a surprise ground-shaking performance by “Sizzling Hot” Atlantic Recording artists Diggy Simmons and Trevor Jackson. The special guests rocked the auditorium with their hot new single “My Girl” as a surprise treat for over 300 screaming fans. Some females rushed the stage hoping to touch their favorite star. After the performance the group talked to the crowd about their struggles as young celebrities and how they persevered to achieve their success. They also encouraged the audience to stay focused on their education, stay away from gun and gang violence, and never give up on their dreams. Both artists took several questions from their fans then held a private Meet & Greet for 40 lucky participants.
DJ Suss-One of Power 105.1 was in the building taking charge of the music with DJ Bam Bam providing the hot tunes to keep the crowd jumping from start to finish. With the overwhelming success of this event we are sure that the 7 E’s 4 Power tour will have a positive influence on students during the school year, as we promote the importance of education, employment and public safety.
Stated Charles Fisher, Founder, HHSYC, “This was a major event for the students and community residents who attended. We want to thank Kevin Holiday of Atlantic Records, Joe De Angelis and DJ Suss-One of Power 105.1, Diggy Simmons and Trevor Jackson for blessing us with their time, a great performance, and support for our continued efforts to promote the importance of education, while reducing gun and gang violence. In May we made a commitment to produce 105 events over 105 days with Power 105. This was event number 100 and will go down in history as one of the best over the entire summer.”
“This was a great treat for the many students in attendance as the summer vacation comes to a close. Our School & Community Center Adoption Program (SCCAP) is now in a much better position to have a real impact this school year as we establish more partnerships with artists, entertainment companies, Parent Association Groups and the private sector. At the end of the day schools and community centers in poor and disadvantaged communities have a desperate need for more resources to be competitive and through this initiative we will be able to accomplish this task. We will be working very closely with Principal Finn, PA President Kevin Brown, Title 1 Coordinator Ms. Lynn, and NYS Parent Advocate Queen Makkada throughout the 2014-15 school year to improve school safety and academic success,” ended Randy Fisher, executive director, HHSYC.
“I want to thank Charles and Randy Fisher for bringing us out to PS/MS 42 and being a part of this awesome event to promote the importance of education and safety in our communities. My fans are more important to me than anything. I just love to connect with my audience. They go to the site just to see what I do on a day-to-day basis, my thoughts, and what I’m feeling. It lets them know where I am, whether I’m on the road, in the studio, or at home with the family. We share that. They write me about their lives, and they can see mine,” stated Atlantic Recording artist Diggy Simmons.
“I truly enjoyed the day and the fans were great. I want to thank the Fishers for setting all this up for us because there is nothing more important than supporting a project that promotes the importance of graduating from school and reducing violence. Through my work I’ve learned that if I love it, whether it’s music, acting or any type of entertainment, I can overcome any of the obstacles that come my way. There are so many people telling you no, but if you love what you do, no one can stop you,” ended Atlantic Recording artist Trevor Jackson.
DJ Suss-One of Power 105.1 stated, “Diggy and Trevor have a lot of talent and soon they will be big stars, you can believe that. It is always a good look when you can give back to the community and support a project like the 7 E’s 4 Power Tour, whose mission is to end gun and gang violence, help students graduate from school and find jobs for those that want to work. At the end of the day this is what Power 105.1 is all about.”
“Today’s event was a great way for our students to end the summer. Diggy and Trevor are very nice and talented young men and I hope they will return during the school year and talk to our students about the importance of graduating from school and fulfilling their dreams. I wish them both a lot of luck and hope they are successful in the entertainment business,” ended Principal Finn of PS/MS 42.
For more info on Diggy Simmons check out www.DiggyWorld.com and check out Trevor Jackson at www.OfficialTrevorJackson.com.
For more info on Diggy Simmons, Trevor Jackson or DJ Suss-One hit us up at RandyKFisher@gmail.com.
Posted by Charles and Randy Fisher (Twitter @HHSYC).
Apparently Funkmaster Flex doesn’t take to cease and desist letters very well. In response to years of Flex and others at Hot 97 making slanderous remarks and jokes about Power 105’s DJ Envy, a cease and desist letter was sent over to Flex. And you guessed it, Flex went off. If you’re a music fan or have been alive and well on this earth for the past ten years, then you’re more than aware of the competition between NYC’s Hot 97 and Power 105 . It seems that just after Angie Martinez took her talents to Hot 97’s rival station, things heated up even more between the DJ’s. Flex took to Instagram to let Envy know how he really felt and of course, Envy responded. Since then all posts have been removed but take a look at the exchange that took place between the two.
The Official DJ for the 7 E’s 4 Power Tour is Committed To Public Safety and Empowering Young Citizens With The Tools To Succeed
Recently we caught up with DJ Bam Bam, one of the most talented, professional, hardest working DJ’s in New York City. His commitment to his craft and love for the safety of communities citywide make him #1 in the game. He is the official DJ for the Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Project’s 7 E’s 4 Power Tour, which is sponsored by the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, Power 105.1, the Source Magazine, Metro PCS, Microsoft, “The Shark” Daymond John, and a host of elected officials including Governor Andrew Cuomo, the NYS Senate, the NYS Assembly, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, the NYC Council, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, and Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone.
We have seen a lot of DJ’s throughout the years and Bam Bam is truly a rising star, with an overselling love to help young citizens acquire the skills and resources to achieve their personal, educational and business goals. His team is tight and the price is right.
Where were you born and now reside?
A— I was born in SouthSide Jamaica, Queens. Baisley to be exact, I been residing here ever since I was born.
How old are you?
A— I’m Currently 21 Soon to be 22 in August so I’m still a youngin’ lol.
When and how did you get started in the Music industry?
A— I began to gain an interest for the music industry ever since I was about 13-14 years old. I started trying to produce music in my room and make beats for up and coming artists but things changed as soon as I attended high school because everyone was a so called producer at the time or a so called rapper so I just wanted to be different and be in my own lane.
Tell us the projects you are working on?
A— The current projects I am working on at this very moment is finishing my first Mixtape EP called “Reign”. It’s a collaborative album featuring up and coming artists in Queens such as Frames, Deezy Finesse, St. Lou, RiQ, Tysa Rose, Ozzy Oz Da Vyrus, like the list goes on. It’s a real classic Hip-Hop New York Album. And I am also teaching DJ classes at youth centers with Taylor-Made Productions all through the 5 boroughs.
Who is down with your crew?
A— My crew is called Club Bully DJ’s and my team consists of 8 DJ’s aside from myself and that is DJ Jay-Money, DJ Hell Rell, DJ Big B, DJ Madic , DJ Iriee G, DJ Suave The General, DJ Kid Phenomenal and DJ J-Smoove, and my promoters $crillz and Trey. We all are family and we are the forefront of our generation of young up and coming DJ’s.
Which artists or executives inspired you to get in the game?
A— This is a tough one but I would have to say DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Marley Marl, DJ Clark Kent, or even local DJ’s Such as DJ Preme, Grandmaster Vic, like just watching them work and perform just inspired me to continue keeping this art alive in my generation.
Who is hot in the game right now?
A— I would have to say in my opinion lyrically I haven’t heard anyone better than Drake or Kendrick Lamar but if I had to choose between the two I would go with Kendrick any day.
Who do you think has an outstanding future?
A— Kendrick Lamar to me is the leader of the new school and he is creating a lane just for himself, not just with hip-hop but also with his personal decisions such as not smoking or drinking and things of that nature which are the complete opposite of what is being rapped about in today’s music so I will say he has the best future for our culture moving forward.
Who is the “Quiet Storm” that everyone is sleeping on in the game?
A— A lot of people are sleeping on numerous artists but one I would have to say that does not get much credit is J. Cole. That man is a beast lyrically and some artists fail to realize that but trust me sooner or later they will.
What are your goals in the entertainment industry and in your personal life?
A— I have many goals but my most important goal in this industry is to continue be one of the youngest most influential leaders of my generation in this culture of hip-hop. I wanna inspire younger youths and tell them that whatever their dreams are they can achieve it. I want to be that positive role model wherever I go that kids can look up to and say if he can do it I can do it. There is no such thing as impossible, you control your destiny.
How hard is it to make it in the game today?
A— It is very hard to make it in this industry. Especially with everyone just thinking it’s easy to be a Rapper or a DJ. My Generation simply thinks this is easy and don’t want to put in the time or the hard work nor dedication to this art. I don’t think people understand the passion and love I have for this culture but everything takes time in the industry.
Do you have any advice for those looking to succeed in the music industry?
A— Continue to work extremely hard. If this is what you really want to do dedicate yourself to your craft. Also with our generation social media has become a big movement so use this to your advantage and promote yourself, promote your music, there are lots of people out there looking. You just have to make your name known and relevant and also pray and count your blessings as God continues to bless you on your journey.
We have a serious problem in America, every day on average 140 people are treated for a gun assault in an emergency room, 86 die from gun shots, and 8 children and teens under the age of 20 are killed by guns. So, what are your thoughts about the senseless murders that take place in our communities?
A— I feel the war on gun violence is one of the biggest ongoing wars within our nation and it is killing our young generation. Let’s not only look at the people we lost to gun violence in New York but look at Chicago, look at Detroit, look at Philadelphia. Gun violence has extremely gotten out of hand and we as a nation need to take a stand against this.
You are the official DJ for the Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Project, why are you supporting the initiative?
A— I am a true supporter of this project because I want to help come with solutions to end this gun violence crisis and show kids the true essence of hip-hop and other alternatives to just hanging out on the corner, fighting and joining gangs. Kids need a role model and I want to be that role model who they can look up to. Just because you are from a certain environment does not mean you have to become a product of it.
Are you involved with any other projects that address the needs of the youth and community?
A— I work with local youth centers such as the P.A.L and YMCA helping kids stay off the streets and out of trouble with DJ programs, Games and Basketball Tournaments.
How does someone get in touch with you if they want to know more about your company or your many projects?
A— They can reach me on any social media site my facebook website is facebook.com/thisisdjbambam and my website is www.iamdjbambam.com which is being updated.
For more information on DJ Bam Bam and other DJ’s hit us up at RandyKFisher@gmail.com.
Posted by Charles and Randy Fisher (Twitter @HHSYC).
Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council and Power 105.1 Launch Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Project with support from the NY Mets and 50 Cent Concert Tickets.
7 E’s 4 Power Tour will visit 70 NYCHA Community Centers, Schools and Prisons to Address Gun & Gang Violence.
We are one week away from the official start of summer, June 21, 2014, and we have to be ready to take a proactive approach to end gun and gang violence. June has been declared “Gun Violence Awareness Month” in NYC and throughout the State of New York (http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/K1268-2013). There has been a host of stabbings and shootings that has caused much grief to many, but we can’t give up on our fight to put an end to gun and gang violence. To make this happen we need everyone’s support. You can sign our petition (http://hhsyc.org/haggv2014/haggvpetition.html), attend our events, or submit your ideas on how we can improve public safety. Below is a press release reporting on some of the events and activities that took place during the first 4 weeks of the Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Project with much more to come. Also check out http://www.power1051fm.com/pages/events/hhsyc.
THE HIP-HOP AGAINST GUN & GANG VIOLENCE PROJECT (HAGGV), POWER 105.1, THE DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, NYC HOUSING AUTHORITY (NYCHA), MICROSOFT, “THE SHARK” DAYMOND JOHN FROM THE ABC HIT TV SHOW “SHARK TANK”, AND METRO PCS LAUNCH THE 7E’S 4 POWER TOUR AT EASTCHESTER COMMUNITY CENTER TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY AT 70 NYCHA CENTERS
Groundbreaking Tour Will Also Visit Schools, Youth Programs, and Prisons offering Solution Summits to End Gun & Gang Violence, “Rap 2 Bride the Gap” Sessions, the “Time 2 Shine” Talent Search, Community Ambassadors 4 Peace Training, and Economic Opportunities with the Daymond John Academy
Tickets to the Mets vs. Padres Baseball Game, followed by a hot 50 Cent Concert, were offered to participants at Eastchester Community Center and Roosevelt High School thanks to Power 105.1, the NY Mets and Rap Star 50 Cent
New York, NY June 14, 2014—In an effort to reduce gun and gang violence in New York City Public Housing Developments and throughout the State of New York the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council (HHSYC) and their Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Project, with Power 105.1, the Department of Youth & Community Development, NYCHA, Microsoft, “The Shark” Daymond John, Metro PCS, and the Source Magazine joined forces to launch the 7 E’s 4 Power Tour created to improve public safety in schools, NYCHA Developments and High Crime Districts throughout the state of New York with a host of initiatives lead by the Solution Summits to End Gun & Gang Violence Series.
May 16-22, 2014 was declared Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Week throughout the state of New York with Proclamations and Resolutions being presented to the HHSYC from Governor Cuomo, the NYS Senate and Assembly, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC Council, Nassau and Suffolk County Executives Edward Mangano and Steve Bellone. The 7 E’s 4 Power Tour will offer 105 Power Events over 105 Power days ending Labor Day 2014. Through the support of Power 105.1 there will be media and artist support, prizes, tickets to sports and entertainment events, perks, street team support, and other opportunities to help ensure the success of the tour.
Microsoft and Metro PCS will help bridge the “Digital Divide” by providing software and training to housing resident participants. “The Shark” Daymond John will provide training and opportunities for those that are looking to start their own business and/or learn how to become a successful entrepreneur. You can’t ask criminals, gang members, and/or drug dealers to give up a life of crime without offering them an alternative if you are serious about solving the problem.
To improve public safety in the state of New York and throughout NYCHA it will take new and innovative ideas that can grab the attention of the youth and help them better understand what they need to do to take back responsibility and become more proactive towards ending gun and gang violence in their school, home and community. For today’s youth and young adults Hip-Hop is a lifestyle they respect and if used like the pioneers who founded the culture over 40 years ago will give us a platform to motivate young citizens to help make this a safer state.
Said Charles Fisher, Founder of the HHSYC, “As we approach another hot summer, a period when gun and gang violence spikes, it is important that we teach our youth and young adults how to take back their community. I’m not afraid to admit we failed generations Y & Z, but we now have an opportunity to empower them with the skills and resources that will help them succeed in life. I am looking forward to working with all the elected officials that presented us with a Proclamation or Resolution, as well as Power 105.1, who has showed us an unbelievable level of support to improve public safety that sets them apart from the rest of corporate America. After 36 years in the social service business I have seen it all and I have to take my hat off to Power 105.1 for being a shining example of how real business leaders go beyond the call of duty to end gun and gang violence.”
“At Power 105.1 we are committed to using our resources to play a more socially responsible role when it comes to ending gun and gang violence. It gives us great joy to work with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council and be a sponsor of their Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence initiative because we are here to make a difference in the lives of our children and will do whatever it takes to keep our communities safe,” ended GeeSpin, Assistant Program Director/Music Director, Power 105.1 FM.
“At Power 105.1 we have an obligation to work with community groups who are focused on ending the violence and through this project we are committed to make this a safer summer because it’s the right thing to do and we have the influence to make a difference when it comes to protecting the lives of our youth,” stated Joe De Angelis, Director of Promotions, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, NYC.
“Making NYCHA safer is a priority and working with the Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Project gives us a way and opportunity to use the influence of Hip-Hop to inspire young residents to be a part of the solution and not the problem,” ended Assistant Commissioner Darryl Rattray, Dept. of Youth and Community Development.
Stated “The Shark” Daymond John, “Education and economic empowerment are the essential tools that our young people need to lift themselves out of crime and poverty. I’m looking forward to working with NYCHA residents and citizens living in poor and disadvantaged communities who are looking for economic opportunities to achieve the American Dream because this is how we truly end gun and gang violence.”
“We are looking forward to working with elected officials who have NYCHA Developments in their community. It is our intent to bring resources from the private sector to help each of the 70 centers we will partner with better service the needs of the citizens with a focus on the youth and young adult population who are more prone to gun and gang violence. I want to especially thank Power 105.1, GeeSpin, and Joe De Angelis for stepping up to the plate as socially responsible citizens and using their resources and influence to help end gun and gang violence in a major way,” ended Randy Fisher, Executive Director, HHSYC.
“Thank you so much for the wonderful program presentation for the students of Roosevelt High School. They loved all of the positive words of expression and appreciated the books and tickets to the Mets game and 50 Cent concert. Your organization truly represents Youth Empowerment and we would love to continue to promote your cause and be a part of this initiative to end gun and gang violence,” stated Natalie Gary, Director, National Events Organization.
The kick off of the NYCHA segment of the tour just happened to be in the Bronx, the Borough where Hip-Hop was founded. “The event went really well and was truly enjoyed by all the young people in attendance. With so many shootings taking place in these developments this is exactly what our youth need to stay off the street corners and out of trouble. I’m excited about this partnership and look forward to doing more events to keep our community free from gun violence and crime,” ended Keimisa Larrier, Director, Eastchester Community Center.
Thanks to the 7 E’s 4 Power Tour, Power 105.1, the NY Mets and 50 Cent, winning participants from the Eastchester Housing Development, Roosevelt High School, and other sites will see 50 Cent rock the house right after the Mets vs. Padres game. This will be a historic day as Baseball and Hip-Hop join forces to provide a “Power Packing Double Header” offering a memorable experience for those in attendance. To date some of the other schools visited by the tour include: MS 42, PS 246, PS 18 and PS 74. For project and tour information as well as a chance to win tickets to the game, concert on 6/14/14 and other events hit us up at: RandyKFisher@gmail.com.
For more info on what we’re doing in the ‘Hood with Power 105.1 hit us up at RandyKFisher@gmail.com.
Posted by Charles and Randy Fisher (Twitter @HHSYC).
Raekwon the Chef stopped by Power 105 to chat with The Breakfast Club regarding the current stance of the highly anticipated Wu-Tang reunion album. The album was first talked about over a year ago and, according to RZA, was just waiting on Raekwon to come into the studio to wrap it up. Has anything happened since then, and what is Raekwon’s take on the comments? Watch the video below and find out! Rae also speaks on Ghostface’s Couple’s Therapy happenings as well as a few other topics.