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LIFE IS LIVING is a free celebration of urban life through hip hop, intergenerational health, and environmental action. LIFE IS LIVING establishes a new model for partnerships between diverse and under-resourced communities, green action agencies, and the contemporary arts world.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
@ DeFremery Park | 1651 Adeline St (btw 16th & 18th)
Oakland, CA
10am – 8pm | *FREE*

Volunteer Sign Up

Life Is Living Kickoff Event

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10th, 7:00pm

Hip Hop Education and Social Transformation

Friday, October 11 | Impact Hub Oakland (2323 Broadway) | 7-9:30pm
$5 Suggested Donation | Free 19 & Under

Hosted by Dr. Susie Lundy, Program Director Youth Speaks

A Conversation between Dr. Christopher Emdin and Hodari B. Davis
Moderated by Dave ‘Davey D’ Cook

Join us for this powerful exchange on the role of Hip Hop in fostering social movements, and the impact of Hip Hop education on future strategies for teaching resistance and social justice as we kick off Life Is Living 2014.

It is our great pleasure to share the inspired work of Dr. Chris Emdin with our community and to provide pedagogical and organizational insight into the guiding frameworks behind Life Is Living. We hope to see everyone at Impact Hub Oakland on Friday, October 10th. Bring a friend and make a new one.

Life Is Living 2014 Festival Schedule

SATURDAY, October 11, 10:00am

The Peoples Kitchen Free Breakfast Program

In the tradition of the Black Panther Party, each year at the Life is Living Festival we serve free breakfast to those folks who show up early. With support from The People’s Kitchen, People’s Grocery, and other Oakland based Food Justice advocates we expect to feed over 500 people in the morning. Featured guests include poets from The Bigger Picture a project of Youth Speaks aimed at ending type II diabetes in young people in California, DJ CAVEM, Hip Hop artists and food justice advocate from Denver, and other special guests.

Thank you to our partners: People’s Kitchen, People’s Grocery, The Ecology Center, City Slicker Farms, DJ Cavem.

Kids Zone

Life is Living is a family friendly intergenerational festival aimed at engaging the lives of participants at all stages of development.  The Festival features events for adults, but also specializes in youth centered programming, including science fairs, kids stages, teen open mics and poetry exhibitions, and even a read in for kids under 5. The Kids Zone is the area focused on engaging youth under 14 in art, performance, and play.

On the Kids Zone stage there will be youth performances beginning with an under 12 open mic and continuing with performers designed specifically for kids under 12 years old. This stage is active from 10 – 2:30pm and includes a performance from Young Gifted and Black. This zone will run from 10 – 5pm.

Naked Beauty Zone

Life Is Living is a Festival committed to highlighting the beauty and diversity of community. Each zone is organized by a community leader and healer, whose life work is reflected in the activities they curate in the park. This year the Festival will feature a zone dedicated to natural beauty and self-love organized by community activist and artist Antique. The Naked Beauty Zone will include hair and skin care demonstrations, Natural beauty vendors, drumming and dancing, Art Making, other activities, and the YBCA Away Home Away from Home Exhibition..

Thank you to our partners: Antique Edutainment, YBCA Away, Iyoba Body Essentials, Curly Therapy, Malik & Karen Seneferu, I Love Being Black, Concept 47, Elizabeth in Pearls, Big Chop Accessories, Dance Fitness, Aurielle’s Imaging Studio, Tres Mercedes

Reflections of Healing

Reflections of Healing will open including 10 murals placed in pods around the park with inviting and interactive questions to be answered by Festival Participants. Many of the murals are coupled with white boards and chalk boards for folks to write their responses to the questions.

Life Is Living has incubated many projects in collaboration with many of the amazing artists and activists of Oakland. The most significant project to date is Brett Cook’s Reflections of Healing Project. What began as a mural project at Life is Living in 2009, has become a multifaceted collaborative campaign involving waves of murals, city wide exhibitions, community events, and a huge interdisciplinary collaboration involving Arts Curators, Health and Wellness Professionals, Community Activists and the Life is Living Festival. This year along with the 8 new murals of healers from the broader Oakland community, ROH will also feature health professionals facilitating screenings, consultations and providing in some cases direct health services to festival participants. Including testing for Diabetes, and HIV, as well as massage therapy, acupuncture.

Thank you to our partners: Brett Cook, The Oakland Museum, A Blade of Grass, Conscious Construction, Oakland Public Library, Ancestral Apothecary , and other wellness vendors.

SATURDAY – 11:00am

STEMPOSIUM + East Bay “Micro” Maker Fair

The STEMposium / East Bay “Micro” Maker Fair is a live science and technology fair that features Drone Camera workshops, Solar Panel workshops, a Bicycle Museum, live media lab, web and coding demos, and other activities. Featuring Dr. Chris Emdin, professor of Math and Science, at Columbia Teachers College and Hip Hop Fellow from Harvard University, Gregory Gavin’s Riveropolis, and other great makers from American Steel Studios and the upcoming East Bay Mini Maker Fair.

Thank you to our partners: The HIVE Bay Area, California Academy of Sciences, Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design, Ankh Marketing, The Office of African American Male Achievement, The Mitchell Kapor Foundation, Impact Hub Oakland, Oakland Public Library, Zakiya Harris, American Steel Studios and the East Bay Mini Maker Fair.

In The Black Market Place

Organized by the community that brings us the Umoja Festival every year in West Oakland, this year Life is Living will feature the largest Vendor market to date. Vendors include a diverse group of artisans selling everything from clothing to gourmet food. Included in this array of goods, is Barter to the People, an experimental trading village designed by Cowrie Village to encourage the Life is Living community to consider alternative and sustainable economies built without a dependence on money.

Additional Activities

The Life is Living Panther Project, In the Black Marketplace, and the Cowrie Village Barter Town area.

SATURDAY – 12:00pm

The Main Stage

Theater and poetry featuring The Live City Review (Sean San Jose), The Universes, the BNV Slam Team, and a few additional poets.

The Town Park Stage

DJ workshops for kids, as well as additional skate related and bike related activities. The Dunkers will begin dunking around 12:30pm, and Ride SFO will be doing Bicycle Tricks around 1pm.

The Reggae Stage begins

Featuring conscious reggae and dancehall performances form local Reggae artists.

SATURDAY – 1:00pm


The Front Porch

Youth Cipher featuring youth and adult MC’s for an hour, free styling and playing with lyrics.

The Town Park Stage

Live performances near the skate park with activities.

SATURDAY – 2:00pm

Main Stage

Bamuthi, Chinaka and Town Futurist.

The Front Porch

Raised in Seattle & living in Oakland, MADlines is a West Coast girl with West Indian roots. She’s a talented lyricist with feminine finesse and a distinct, laid back flow. Her debut Mixtape ‘MAD Habits’ shows of her nerdy by nature tendencies while her latest EP ‘Love Child’–a collaboration with producer, BeanOne features Reggae/Hip Hop tracks that pay homage to the noises in her blood!

MADlines and the Queens at 2:30pm:
Hazel Rose
Shy’An G
Coco Peila
Hunny Tinted

SATURDAY – 2:45pm

Africa in Oakland Dance Classes

Life Is Living is committed to highlighting some of the most beautiful and transformative art in the city, including the rich cultural legacies of Africans who have immigrated into the fabric of Oakland. This year, the dance cipher and special classes will feature performers and drummers from West Africa, East Africa and South Africa.

The Front Porch

Feature presentations including PE2.0, DJ Cavem and special guests.

YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK (YGB) is a cultural arts and education repertory group sponsored by 100 Black Men of Oakland and Youth Speaks Inc. The focus is the history, poetry and culture of African American people, and serves a select group of 20 -25 elementary and Middle School youth.

The purpose of Young, Gifted and Black is to study intensely African-American history and culture through poetry, music, writings, art, and movement. The focus of the presentations will be the result of the studies completed.

The Main Stage

AMIR SULAIMAN is a poet, recording artist, and intellect born in Rochester, New York. He was featured for two seasons on Russell Simmons HBO Def Poetry Jam. Since then Sulaiman has been touring the US and worldwide performing in countries including England, Belgium, Senegal, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sweden, Australia, and the Netherlands and more. Sulaiman recently published his first book of poetry, titled “Love, Gnosis & Other Suicide Attempts” and his newest album “The Opening” which has been met with critical acclaim.

SATURDAY – 4:00pm

The Main Stage

DJ RASHIDA has established herself as one of the most sought-after DJs in the world. She has played her signature fusion of hip-hop, funk, soul, dancehall and house around the globe in cities like London, New York, Tokyo, Geneva, Antwerp, Sydney and Paris.

A native of Los Angeles, her love affair with the mix started at the tender age of 18 with the purchase of her first pair of turntables. Rashida has opened for artists such as Kanye West, The Roots and John Legend. One night after playing what would be the first of many parties for The Artist, Prince approached her about collaborating. Soon after, she began touring the world with the superstar, spinning at all of his private parties, special events and performing live with him on shows such as The Tonight Show and The BET Awards.

Rashida has also crossed the globe with grammy nominated artists Kelis, Cee-Lo and Pharrell Williams, spinning in such cities as Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Ibiza and Berlin to name a few. Acclaimed not only for her deejay skills, but also as an cultural influencer, personality and fashionista, DJ Rashida has been featured in Vogue Italia, People, Us Weekly, Essence, 944, Vibe, Flaunt, Remix, and Dazed & Confused.

The Front Porch

DJ CAVEM is an International recording artist and 2014 Music Educator Award Grammy Nominee DJ Cavem Moetivation is an O.G. (Organic Gardener), emcee, DJ, midwife, vegan chef, educator, founder of Going Green Living Bling, founder of Eco-HipHop and award winning activist

SATURDAY – 5:30pm

The Main Stage

Live performance from The Kev Choice All Star band.

SATURDAY – 7:00pm

The Main Stage Headliner

Shock G from Digital Underground

Who better to headline Life Is Living than Oakland’s own Shock G of Digital Underground? Come ready to dance & enjoy a local legend for free in Little Bobby Hutton Park at 7pm *this* Saturday, October 11th.

Catch him on the mainstage alongside DJ Rashida, Amir Sulaiman, Young Gifted and Black, Kev Choice, Humpy Hump, DJ NuStylez & Peewee.

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