Category Archives: African American

We All Fall Up (Documentary)

It started in Houston, Texas…A brainstorming session created a crew called K.O.R.O., Knights of Rhythm Odyssey. Mario and Blas speak it into reality.

Usual suspects on suspect streets introduced others, a scrapper named Sergio, an innovator named Ricky and Shadow, a guy whose feet I have yet to see touch the ground. The foundation was Hip Hop, House and Jazz.

Jazz men where jazz lived in no ones vocabulary. Music was the movement, expression was the goal. Not knowing words like legacy, tradition, longevity they danced because that is all they had.
Words by Marlon Lizama

This is e.E. Charlton-Trujillo (co-founder) of NCO on today’s blog, and I am PUMPED! I sifted through the morning email Inbox to click on a smokin’ Vimeo link from filmmaker Andrew Benavidas out of Houston.

Let me get a shout out for Houston, please!

A’right, a’right, a’right.

Now, Andrew sent me a trailer link for the documentary We All Fall Up. The film chronicles how a group of Houston at-risk kids chose to embrace breakdancing and hip-hop to make it out of a trouble situation. From the streets of Texas to India, Asia, Europe, Mexico and more, the Havikoro Crew serves as pop-snapping, hip-whipping, body collapsing, shake-it-like your-mamma-wants-to proof that anyone can raise the roof on their dreams. These youth on the fringe found an out using the art of street dance!

Word to the move!

It is important to note that Havikoro’s journey has also been about paying art forward. Teaching workshops all over the globe and inspiring other young people who have sometimes never met an artist.

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Image by Andrew Benavidas

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Selfie post-workshop in India Image by Andrew Benavidas

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Sharing that young women can dance, get an education and be strong. Image by Andrew Benavidas

These at-risk kids chose dance instead of guns. Chose empowerment instead of crime. And they’ve done their time in freedom and art and made this world more powerful. For a bunch of kids who didn’t even know they were allowed to dream, they’ve made the last two decades evidence that art can inspire.

Check the trailer because the images and the spoken word is slam-brilliant.

And as always, welcome to the Creative Revolution!

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Free MP3 Download of Malcolm X’s Teen Years

An Extraordinary Literacy Opportunity for
Reluctant Readers and At-Risk Youth!

Who was Malcolm X before he was X?  His daughter Ilyasah Shabazz and author Kekla Magoon tell the riveting tale of Malcolm’s teenage years in X: A Novel.

“Shabazz and Magoon expertly guide the reader by presenting loaded scene after loaded scene, often making us watch young Malcolm choose the wrong path or opt for the buzz of the street over the pull of family and principle…X is a powerful, honest look at the early years of one of our country’s most important civil rights leaders. Most exciting of all is the prospect that his story will awaken a new generation of young activists, inspiring them to step into what remains a vital fight.”
—Matt de la Peña for The New York Times Book Review

The book, performed as a spoken word audiobook by narrator Dion Graham, will be free during the days surrounding Malcolm X’s 90th birthday.

When you text the word xnovel to 25827, you will receive a text reminder to grab the MP3 (and the app to listen to it on) starting 5/21/15.  While the file will only be available until 5/27/15, once the MP3 is downloaded, it does not expire.

Share this news “to awaken new generation of young activists, inspiring them to step into what remains a vital fight” with Malcolm X’s story.

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