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Hip-Hop 4 Haiti: A national day of observance on Saturday

4/12/2011, 5:27 p.m.

As young people nationwide gear up for Hip-Hop 4 Haiti, a national day of observance on Saturday, Queen YoNasda, granddaughter of the Nation of Islam's Minister Louis Farrakhan, has enlisted the help of controversial artist and activist NYOIL, along with Brothers Care Inc, AllHipHop.com, HoodlifeMovement.com, the Institute of the Black World, and a whole host of others.

HH4H has been set as a national fundraising event throughout the hip-hop community on Saturday, January 30, when the youth and hip-hop communities of 32 major cities will host events to raise money, relief and awareness for the loss and suffering in Haiti. This event is targeted at galvanizing the hip-hop community to action as a full body, minus the divisions that have plagued it over recent years.

"Hip-hop is a family. We don't always see eye to eye and we are always arguing, like most families, but don't mistake that familiarity as breeding contempt. Understand that we bicker, fuss and fight because we are family, and at our essence, we have immense love for one another and what we are all a part of," said NYOIL, who is also the ambassador to hip-hop for the IBW (Institute of the Black World).

"Now Haiti is about to see what that love, that power can do when focused and applied toward a singular goal!"

Dr. Ron Daniels (president of IBW) has endorsed this event on behalf of its nationally recognized Haiti Relief Fund, and all proceeds from the event will go to benefit Haiti survivors via this committed fund.

In New York, the event will be hosted by NYOIL and will be held at the National Black Theater in Harlem from 5 p.m. to11 p.m. EST. Sponsors are suggesting a donation of $20, but "everyone who wants to help in any amount should feel welcome; this is a difficult time for all of us and everyone's help is a blessing we cannot afford to dismiss," said NYOIL. "Our goal is to raise spirits and funds of at least $10,000. We are urging the entire community to come together and open their hearts and wallets for those who need our help. And, of course, this is hip-hop, so we're going in with both feet! Beats, rhymes, b-boys, DJs and plenty of knowledge for self."

Scheduled Performances by Styles P, Supa Nova Slom, CNN, NYOIL, Poison Pen, Black Ice, Black Dot, Narubi Selah, General Steele (Bootcamp click), Sadat X, Afrika Bambaataa, the Bartendaz, Siagon, and many more. For more information, contact NYOIL at (347) 291-3094 or via e-mail at nyoil01@gmail.com or visit our websites, http://www.hh4hnyc.info and http://www.ibw21.org.

In Newark, N.J., concert organizers are activists, with Beautiful SeeAsia and Jessica "Jayda" Jacques, and the "Got Love? 4 Haiti" movement (which came from the alumni of the International Youth Organization). Artists set to perform include Newark's own Do-It-All Dupree (Lords of the Underground), KRS-One's "Temple of Hip-Hop" artists, Loose Cannon, Divine Allah of the New Black Panther Party and the Maroon Society, Stop, and poet Peter Rainmaker. The centerpiece of the day will be the "Solidarity and Bridging Ceremony," hosted by Fugees Refugee All-Star member and Haitian American Sam Jean, who will do a brief presentation on Haitian history and a moment of solidarity between Haitian and African-American students. The HH4H concert will be streamed live on its website www.hiphop4haiti.ning.com via ustream.tv. The event will be held at Central High School from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Newark with a suggested $10 minimum donation. However, in today's economy, people can bring a donation they can afford. For information and directions, contact Denise Toney at denisetoney@iyonewark.org or call (973) 621-1100, ext. 252.