Voices for Racial Justice presents
VOICES FOR RACIAL JUSTICE - 25th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, November 15th, 2018, Doors: 7:00 PM, Show: 7:30 PM
$250 Pollinator / $200 Gardener / $100 Soil Tender / $50 Germinator / $25 Seed
Pollinator ticket holders will receive the opportunity to attend a meet and greet hosted by Brother Ali and the other artists performing. The meet and greet will be from 6:00pm-7:00pm (doors open at 5:30pm). For every ticket purchased, Voices for Racial Justice will provide a ticket to a community member to attend the meet and greet. Refreshments provided.
This is a seated show. Online ticket sales have ended. Tickets are available at the door.
Join Voices for Racial Justice for their 25th Anniversary celebration! Hosted by hip hop artist and board member Brother Ali, hear from a range of artists including Chastity Brown, The Lioness, and I Self Devine.
BROTHER ALI - Host and Voices for Racial Justice Board Member
Over the past 17 years, Brother Ali has earned wide critical acclaim for his deeply personal, socially conscious, and inspiring brand of hip-hop. Under Rhymesayers Entertainment, he’s unleashed a series of lauded projects, establishing himself as one of the most respected independent voices in music. The latest chapter in that celebrated journey is All the Beauty in This Whole Life, a 15-track collection produced entirely by Atmosphere’s Anthony “Ant” Davis
“This entire album is based on the reality that beauty is the splendor of truth” says the Minneapolis MC. “Beauty in all of its forms is the outward manifestation of love and virtue. It soothes the soul and pulls it gently toward the truth it communicates. Every word and note of this album is intended to either reflect beauty, or expose the ugliness that blocks us from living lives of meaning.
All the Beauty in This Whole Life is Ali’s first official release in five years and represents the newest and most refined chapter of his life’s journey. “Each of my albums are the result of the pain, growth and eventual healing that I experience. Articulating the pain and navigating the healing allows the people who really feel my music to travel with me. It’s not only that we hurt together, we heal together as well.”
This year, Brother Ali’s debut album on Rhymesayers Entertainment, Shadows on the Sun, celebrates its 15th anniversary. To commemorate this occasion, Brother Ali will embark on a special 13-date headlining tour where he will perform the full album in its entirety each night. The Shadows on the Sun 15-Year Anniversary Tour kicks off November 1st in Washington D.C., with stops in New York, Minneapolis, Austin, Los Angeles, and more.
Based in Minnesota, but with roots in Tennessee, Chastity grew up surrounded by country and soul music. In the full gospel church of her childhood, she played saxophone and drums and found her singing voice and a passion for music. Her first show was in Knoxville, TN, and then it was on to Minneapolis. Since then, she’s been featured on NPR’s “Favorite Sessions,” CMT, American Songwriter, the London Times, Paste Magazine and others. Chastity has toured the U.S. and abroad, appearing on the U.K.’s Later…with Jools Holland. For much of 2016, she toured alongside folk icon/activist Ani Difranco.
“What I’ve realized is that the personal is political,” Brown said in a recent interview. “Just by me being a bi-racial, half-black, half-white woman living in America right now is political. Just being a person of color, a queer woman of color, for that matter, is freaking political. My focus, as far as this record, I guess it’s really been psychological. I’m really intrigued by the perseverance of the human spirit and the complexities and contradictions that we embody as human beings."
"Silhouette of Sirens is comprised of snapshots of memory, both lived and imagined. Not all of these tunes derive from this, which is why I say, ‘both lived and imagined.' Some are love/sex/relationship-inspired, which in my opinion make the pain one might experience more bearable. In James Baldwin’s essay, ‘The Artist Struggle for Integrity,' he says, 'I tell you my pain so that I might relieve you of yours.'"
Light is a central character on Silhouette of Sirens. Even the title speaks to this push and pull between danger and safety, shadows and shiny lights, and the things we can reach out and touch as opposed to the things we only hear in the distance. “What is even happening? One can only guess,” Brown sings in the opening track “Drive Slow,” embracing an uncertainty and sense of wonder from the beginning of the record. By the third track, she’s carrying us along with her on a journey inward. Like many masterful songwriters, she has the ability to make her stories feel intensely personal yet open-ended; even in “Carried Away,” it’s hard to tell whether she’s singing about a romantic rift, an abusive friendship, or the havoc that anxiety and depression can wreak on an unguarded mind. " “Don’t leave me here all alone / For so long you’ve been my light in the dark,” Brown sings on the album’s centerpiece, “My Stone,” while the sexy, Prince-channeling acoustic funk jam “Whisper” beckons the listener to come closer, to dance with her in the dark, to “whisper in my ear all that you need."
“I think it’s about different types of heartbreak, and how one deals with it,” Brown says of the album. “And not the heartbreak of a coupled relationship; just living life, and the experiences that break your heart. There are these moments on the album where it’s like, ‘this is intense.' And then hopefully, there are moments where it’s alleviated — as I feel like life is. Life is hard. Every tree, every plant, everything you see in the natural world, just through a growth process, you see how hard it is to grow and bend towards the light."
The Lioness was born and raised in Minneapolis. Following inspiration from the likes of Ms. Lauryn Hill & Queen Latifah, helped influence her artistically.
Her first Mixtape, The Most Anticipated, released in January of 2011, debuted just months after graduating from McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. The Lioness has been privileged to work alongside a host of legendary performers, such as: I Self Devine, Brother Ali, and Atmosphere. She has also built relationships with top producers & winners of the, Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle Championship, Nicademus and G Mo.
The Lioness believes it is an obligation support other beacons of positivity & truth. She has had the honor of working with community organizations such as: Occupy Homes, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, Save The Kids, Outfront Minnesota, Safe School For All Coalition, Hope Community, Voices for Racial Justice and the MN Voter ID Amendment.
The Lioness has released a series of mixtapes, Lost Tapes, Queen, and a collaboration album with Titan administration Records called The Cabinet. On June 30, 2016, The Lioness released her first full-length album Growing Pains. On May 26, 2018, she released her second full-length album Greater Vision. She is currently on tour with Atmosphere. She still resides on the Northside and is focused on spreading positivity in her community.
I Self Devine / Chaka Mkali: Voices for Racial Justice Board Member
Chaka Mkali, also known as I Self Devine is a musician, Mc, community organizer, racial justice trainer, graffiti artist, muralist, program coordinator and director of organizing and community building at Hope Community Center in Minneapolis.
As an Mc, I Self is known as an integral part of the Atlanta and Twin Cities underground Hip Hop community as ½ of the duo Micranots, ½ of Semi Official, ¼ of the Dynospectrum, and as a soloist. Over the last decade I Self has released over 10 albums of political conscious socially aware music capable of moving the crowd as well as uplift the spirit and sustain the movement.
As a graffiti artist and muralist, Chaka Mkali is recognized as one of the crucial figures in the revitalization of graffiti art in the Twin Cities using the skills developed in the streets, alleyways, walls, and store fronts of Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Atlanta.
As The Director of Organizing and Community Building Chaka has developed impressive work with very diverse largely low income teens and young adults that is impacting individual lives and collectively helping to bring change to a challenged community.