#NoBigDealSXSW Erace The Hate Recap

Traveled from Miami to Austin TX for my first SXSW experience. Connected with old partners, linked up with new ones and helped run a successful event. Here is a recap of  #NoBigDealSXSW with A3C, Erace The Hate, and Reebok. Performances featured Mick Jenkins, Nick Grant, Hefna Gwap, and more. All hosted by Virginia’s own MicxSic. Thanks to all who came out.

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Stay on the lookout for Erace The Hate content, with their #LegalizePeace campaign in full kick off, there’s about to be new gear, music and scholarship opportunities. 

Front Row Wisdom: Prometheus Brown

Had the pleasure of opening up for Prometheus Brown aka Mr. Rapper With A Camera aka 1/2 of Blue Scholars aka Geo aka Filipino George, in Madison a few months ago. Beforehand, myself and some of the other performers had the opportunity to have a small workshop/Q&A/human interaction.

Super low-key and relaxed, it was an invigorating conversation that made the evening’s performance all the more powerful. We balanced a load of topics, like what it meant to be an artist as part of the movement for social justice, as well as laugh at some of modern hip-hop’s absurd enigma’s (riff raff anyone?)

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Geo is a humble dude, a quality we seldom see into today’s hip-hop paradigm of inflated ego’s and personalities. His insight into art, organizing and the balancing act between the two resonated in such a way that it left me feeling rejuvenated and with a new found focus moving forward.

Recently he completed a three month artist-in-residence program with the Seattle Town Hall, click the visual above and you can catch his final presentation, in full, courtesy of Seattle Channel. A solid hour of rap songs, snapshots and dialogue that all come highly recommended.

 

A Passion Project

Passion, society tells us to follow ours ( though in most cases restrains us from it). It’s the reason we wake up in the morning and continue with our mediocre lives, we cling to it, hoping that one day we will be able to chase our passion with all of our time, money and heart. Well for French Biologist Stephane Pauquet, that day has come.

With the help of Quechua, a French, outdoor equipment company, Pauquet was able to present his vision, his life and his passion of Ec0-Conservation to the public. The project is called Greenvest, a company that mediates conservation donations and projects in South America by finding benefactors, and delivering the necessary products their donations provide directly to the source. The goal of the company is to create a network of ecologically minded individuals and programs to sustain and build upon projects being done in the name conservation.

The video documents Pauquet’s work, which takes him from frigid mountain top to tropical rainforest. Not only does our French philanthropist get to travel to foreign and exotic landscapes, he does so knowing he will be compensated in both pocket and karma, sounds pretty nice right?

When he speaks, he speaks with an earnestness that replicates his work and goals. We all should be so lucky to live as Pauquet does, following our passion, succeeding in it and leaving a legacy that inspires others to do the same.