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Connecticut Against Violence (CAV) and The City of Bridgeport sponsored by WC McBride Electrical LLC presented "A Hip Hop Expressions of Black History"

On February 24th, 2018 Connecticut Against Violence (CAV) and the City of Bridgeport Connecticut's Mayor's office celebrated the 3rd annual "Hip-Hop Expression of Black History {When it was Hip Hop}." The purpose of the event was to celebrate the history of Connecticut's Hip-Hop Music culture and use the platform to address violence in the community among the youth. Kingsley Osei Excetuve Director of CAV and the coordinator of "My Bother's Keeper" ("MBK")  along with Jennifer Edwards of the Office of Planning and Economic Development (OPED) executed this event in a manner that was more than impressive.


With over 250 plus people throughout City Hall for this event, all you felt was something good was going on. Longé found the scheduling from the awards being presented by Mayor Joseph P. Ganim and Senator Richard Blumenthal was the perfect start to the event  (Round table discussion on Gun Violence, Social Justice issues and Economical Development).  Both Senator Blumenthal and Mayor Ganim awarded many including Kool DJ Red Alert (WBLS) who received a Lifetime Achievement Award alongside Doctor Dre (Yo MTV Raps). After the award ceremony, the event was followed by lunch and a panel full of legendary guests. Guests that included;.Tyrone Smith AKA Original Clark Kent (Hercules), Ralph McDaniels (Video Music Box), MR.WAVE (New York City Breakers from Beat Street), Kyle Brinson AKA KOOL KYLE - "Original Starchild", Tyrone Williams AKA Fly Ty (Founder of Cold Chillin Records & Juice Crew), Theodore Livingston aka GRAND WIZARD THEODORE,  DJ Mark Collins of Collins Brothers, PESO ( FEARLESS 4), DJ Kevin Kev Rockwell - Fantastic 5 & Mr. Majic's Rap Attack, Debbie D (Us Girls - 1st female Mc’s & Beat Street), Coke La Rock (1st MC of Hip Hop), MC Kimba (COO JMJ FOUNDATION), Andre Brown aka Doctor.DRE (Yo MTV Raps), PETE NICE (3rd Base), VANSILK (Consultant), DJ KG (100.9 The BEAT), G Money - Moderator (WZMX 93.7) and DJ Santo WZMX 93.7 - (Event Main DJ and Providing sound systems).

Pictures by: Longe Magazine Staff, Keonte Collins & Heru Ankh Shu Rl

The teaming up of CAV, City Hall, and McBride Electrical Contractors to put together this event that celebrates African-American culture of Hip-hop, History, the Hip-hop Legends, Community leaders, Poetry, Art exhibitions, Dancing and providing free food catered by (Big L kitchen) for the attendees is exactly what the community of Bridgeport needed.

Kingsley Osei (CAV CEO) said: "This is a positive event that provides a different and encouraging light on the Hip-hop culture throughout the Tri-State area". This event was so widely spread that it was picked up by CT News12,  CT News 4 and CT News 8.

This event takes places yearly and CAV welcomes sponsorship, donations, and actions of help in any way that will allow the youth of this generation to strive for the goal of excellence.  To contribute call or text Excutive Director Kingsley Osei: 917.416.4601

Mr. Wave was the highlight of the Connecticut Against Violence Summit.

At the third annual summit Tony "MR. WAVE" Wesley moves had everyone on their feet. Impressive is an understatement for the break dancing routine he performed. All the children started to dance and adults completely in La La Land. Mr.Wave is very down to earth in every capacity, this man who has traveled the world doing what he loves, as well as performing for past President, he has been on some of the most popular Television shows that we watch today such as soul train and other.  See below for video.

Bio:

Tony Draughon (“Wesley”) was born in the Bronx NY in 1965, a leap year baby (born February 29th. Tony the first son and second of five was born at a time in Bronx history and national history. The mid-60 and 70’s represented a time of economic decline for Bronx residents. The 60’s historically were a time of civil unrest throughout the nation and New York was no different.  The event that most captures the overall climate and cultural unrest of the 60’s in New York occurred on February 21, 1965 in the borough of Manhattan; Former Nation of Islam member, leader and civil rights activist Malcolm X was assassinated at the  Audubon Theater.  The impact of this event and the numerous civil rights movement activities of the 60’s were the precursors for much of what was to happen in the socio-economic and cultural world of the Bronx and much of New York (as well as other parts of the nation).  By the 70’s much of the immigrant population of Bronx had decreased many of the older generation were retiring and moving to warmer climates. By the 70’s the Bronx had become associated with a high rate of poverty and unemployment. Property owners hoping to cash out rather through insurance claim payouts rather than waiting to try and to sell property in economically distressed areas began to commit arson on their own properties. The Bronx fire, economic blight, the migration of much of the immigrant residents left a population of largely African-American and Hispanic residents became - the borough became associated with the very essence of urban decay. Read more at: https://www.mrwavedance.com/bio

Connecticut Against Violence Welcome Kool DJ Red Alert to Hip Hop Summit 2018

It was the City Of Bridgeport and Connecticut Against Violence 3rd Annual Hip Hop Expression of Black History Month Summit. The Theme "When it was Hip-Hop".  Kool DJ Red Alert who is considered one of the founding father of Hip-Hop music was welcome to the Mayor office and City Hall with open arms. As Red Alert was welcome, He too welcomes the children with love. Giving them tips and feedback on his lifetime achievements in his career of 35 years.

The purpose of the summit was the not only to bring the community together but to show appreciation to some of the most significant artists in Hip-Hop music who pave the way for the current generation. CAV having Kool DJ Red Alert as apart of the summit is iconic, he has appeared in over fourth music videos,  Rolling Stone Magazine consider him as one of the 50 most influential people in music, and not mention he's in the Rock and Roll Hall of fame. Red Alert Fame came from 98.7 Kiss-FM and also know for the DJ who broken Dancehall into the mainstream. "CAV Found it as an honor to have "Red Alert" as apart of the event said CEO and Founder Kingsley Osei".

 

 

 

{About}

Who is Red Alert? one of the first deejays to perform with the architects of hip hop Universal Zulu Nation. He built his radio show's fan-base by shouting out to listeners within the Tri-State area. Red Alert has been noted for breaking in such acts and artists as A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah, and Black Sheep.[3] Red played a vital role in The Bridge Wars beginning in 1986. His legend grew immensely after being the first deejay to break the record South Bronx by Boogie Down Productions on his KISS-FM weekend radio show and club gigs in support of the Bronx-based hip hop group versus MC Shan, Marley Marl, and the Juice Crew.

Kool DJ Red Alert is a pioneering hip hop deejay who is heavily responsible for the emergence of rap music on the radio airwaves during the early eighties. He is a beacon of excellence among deejays worldwide, and as a radio personality who rose to fame on his legendary mix-show “Red Alert Goes Baserk” on New York’s KISS 98.7 FM (formerly WRKS), which first aired in 1983. Red is of West Indian descent by way of Antigua, and is credited as the first deejay to spin dance-hall music on his FM radio. He also holds the record for the most appearances by a deejay in over 50 rap videos throughout his career, and is widely known for his signature drop “Yeeaaaaaahh!”

*some info from Wikepedia and Kool Red Alert Website
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