[Oakland Events] Building the Movement: A Community Conversation with Erica Garner

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 2.10.37 PMOn July 11, 2014, Eric Garner was murdered by police in Staten Island, NY. While being assaulted by officers as they utilized an illegal choke hold, Mr. Garner said 11 times “I CANT BREATHE”.

This saying has become a mantra for Black people across the country as they vocalize their experience of Amerikkka.

Join the Onyx Organizing Committee @Community Ready Corps, The BlackOut Collective Love Not Blood Campaign and others for a community conversation with Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner.

When: Thursday at 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Betti Ono (1427 Broadway, Oakland, California 94612 )

Join the Event:  Building the Movement: A Community Conversation with Erica Garner

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HGMNY teams up with newcomers Kyle Berry Productions to bring you the Concert for Justice, a benefit for the family of Eric Garner.

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 2.16.55 PMHosted by Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner.

With special guest speaker, Rev. Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar Grant.

Concert for Justice is a night to reflect on civil injustices such as the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Oscar Grant and other victims of civil injustice through the unparalleled power of music.

**100% of profits will be donated to the family of Eric Garner.**

April 9, 2015. All ages. 8pm – Midnight @ The New Parish.

Join The Event: Concert For Justice w/ Dizzy Wright, Casey Veggies, Pell & Bastiengoat – 100% of Profits Will Be Donated to the Family of Eric Garner


Dizzy Wright

Not many 23-year old rappers can say that they’ve been rapping for over a decade. Las Vegas, Nevada rapper DIZZY WRIGHT began rapping at just 8 years old in the group “DaFuture” with his brother and very close friend, his mother wrote his raps at the time. Dizzy broke through when he was discovered at the Sheikh Music “Rip the Mic” competition in 2010 and signed onto Funk Volume a few months later. In April 2012, Dizzy released his frst Funk Volume album, SmokeOut Conversations, peaking at #2 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts which he followed up with a free mixtape, Free SmokeOut Conversations, which has been downloaded over 200,000 times, and helped propel Dizzy to his own national 30-city tour. In December 2012, Dizzy went on to release the frst of four EPs, The First Agreement, which reached as high as #2 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart. In March of 2013, Dizzy gathered enough votes to be selected as the “People’s Choice” member of the XXL Freshman Class of 2013. Also in 2013, Dizzy released Te Golden Age mixtape and followed it up with Te Golden Age Tour. In 2014, Dizzy released State of Mind EP and toured the US with support from Scion AV.

Casey Veggies

Casey Jones, better known by his stage name CASEY VEGGIES, is an American rapper from Inglewood, California. While Casey was originally one of the founding members of the hip hop group OFWGKTA, appearing on the group’s frst effort Te Odd Future Tape, he decided to branch out on his own after his frst mixtape release.

Having worked with Def Jam artist YG on his 2nd mixtape, Veggies began to take rap much more seriously. Shortly after graduating high school, Veggies joined Mac Miller as an opening act on the Blue Slide Park Tour. Since then, Casey has performed with Nipsey Hussle, Dom Kennedy, and Kendrick Lamar, as well as friends in OFWGKTA including Tyler, the Creator, Hodgy Beats, and Domo Genesis. On January 22, 2013, Veggies released a solo project, a mixtape, Life Changes. In February 2013, Veggies signed a record deal with VIC and Epic Records.

Veggies has also been working on his studio debut, which will be released sometime in 2015. Casey Veggies also appeared on the Earl Sweatshirt album Doris on this single “Hive” along with Vince Staples. Casey Veggies released a mixtape with Rockie Fresh titled Fresh Veggies in December 2013. Te mixtape features vocal appreances from Overdoz, Ty Dolla $ign, Juicy J, Kirko Bangz and Hit-Boy.


2014 was a banner year for Jared Pellerin. With the independent release of Floating While Dreaming, Pell established himself as a premiere force in the music world. The first major statement of a serious artist, Floating While Dreaming garnered ecstatic press across the board, including FADER, Billboard, Complex, and many others. The album allowed Pell to flex his musical muscle while forging his own identity.

Though he hails from N’awlins, Pell’s sonics are more of an eclectic barrage of ethereal grooves than the raw bounce hallmark of the region. He seamlessly and tactfully flips from affectionate wordsmith to hook-smashing crooner on exceptional cuts like “The Never” and “Eleven:11.” Another album highlight “Runaway” captures Pell’s sense of striving, of rap as survival and profession, not purely a game of easy spoils, as he spits verses full of personal reflection.

Pell knows the importance of dreams. Hurricane Katrina forced Pell’s family to move to Jackson, Mississippi, when Pell was only fourteen. “All I was able to take with me from New Orleans was the musical culture I grew up in, not my possessions, only memories and life lessons,” he says, “creating a new life from scratch teaches you resilience.”

That same spirit of resilience is what took Pell from his day job at the Dollar Store (as chronicled in the song “Dollar Store”) to a nation-wide tour spanning over twenty-five states, including several shows at SXSW in Austin, Texas, as well as the BUKU Music + Art festival in his hometown of New Orleans. The massive amount of touring for Floating While Dreaming allowed Pell to hone his already-impressive live show, a delicate balance of laid-back singing and passionate rapping that hits both the mind and the heart with equal force.

With over three million streams on Spotify since its release, Floating While Dreaming represents the start of Pell’s career, an album about the time between dreaming and doing, the moments spent waiting for the journey to start. As a writer, rapper, and singer, Pell’s talent is formidable, and his skills are still growing. The next step of Pell’s journey comes in 2015, with an international tour and a new album in the works.

Having already landed spots on Complex’s Top 25 Rappers To Know in 2014, Pigeons & Planes Top 10 Rappers to Know Before They Blow, and Spotify’s Predicted Music Stars of 2015, Pell is poised to surpass even his wildest dreams in the year to come.




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