by Jesse Muhammad
With Wyclef Jean already leading the charge, Hip-Hop is about to take a unified stand for our suffering people in Haiti.
The devastating earthquake two weeks ago has left over 200,000 dead and over one million displaced.
Hip-Hop 4 Haiti is going to be a National Day on January 30, 2010 where each city youth & hip hop community will host an event to collect donations for Haiti. The idea for Hip-Hop 4 Haiti was conceived by Queen Yonasda, the granddaughter of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and is also a powerful Hip-Hop artist. The idea has now erupted into the participation of over 32 U.S. cities and also Costa Rica.
So with the help of Xpoz Magazine, BEA inc, Peace Fest, Dominion Harvest Christian Church,and Veterans Hospital’s Black Employment Program,Millions More Movement and the Institute of the Black World this has become a national day of service.
“In this time of need we must join together within the Hip-Hop community to help re-build and save a nation. The Hip-Hop Help Haiti organization is already in place and geared towards building Haiti to the beautiful nation it is destined to be,” says Queen Yonasda, who will be headlining the event in Phoenix.
According to their website, the staff of AllHipHop.com will be joined by Styles P, Naughty By Nature, Saigon, and NY Oil for the New York event.
In Houston we will be hosting an event at the headquarters of The Black Cross Relief Initiative (2417 Riverside) starting at 2:00pm. Performances will be made by Houston Hip-Hop artists such as K-Rino, 144 Elite, Willie D, The Screwed Up Click, Real Thoughts, and more. Free Haitian food will be served. Most importantly we will be collecting medical supplies, toiletries, tents and funds as well to support the relief efforts of The Black Cross as well as The Haitian American Ministries headed by Sister Mawaiyah.
Supporters of the Houston event include Congressional candidate Jarvis Johnson, music artist Trouble Sum, South Park Coalition and more.
Other cities observing Hip-Hop 4 Haiti Day include: Chicago, Il, Miami, FL, Atlanta, GA, St.Louis, MO, S.Carolina, Grand Rapids, MI, Albuquerque, NM, Providence,RI, Baltimore,MD, Pittsburgh, PA, Fort Wayne, IN, Washington DC, Newark, NJ, and Minnesota.
Join the movement, support your local event and spread the word! For more information go to: www.hiphop4haiti.ning.org