THIRD ANNUAL ROOTS, ROCK, RUN 5K RETURNED TO GERMANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD IN PHILADELPHIA TO PROMOTE HEALTHY LIFESTYLES IN URBAN DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES
Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, The GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF), members of The Roots band, and hundreds of Philadelphians took to the streets of Germantown on May 30th for the 3rd Annual Roots, Rock, Run (R3) 5k community walk/run.
“We are running, walking, and talking in Germantown to show our support for healthy girls and healthy communities,” declares Trotter, co-founder and MC of the, The Roots.
Fourteen year-old Crystal Ortiz (pictured above), was this year’s winner finishing the route in 18:25. She was one of hundreds of runners and walkers that helped raise nearly $6,000. Proceeds from the race went to support GrassROOTS afterschool health programs for youth at Anna L. Lingelbach Elementary School. Primary support for R3 comes from Jimmy Jazz stores, who gifted 100 pair of Adidas sneakers and Reebok who donated 100 pairs to participating youth. Additional key support came form State Legislature Stephen Kinsey, Councilwoman Cindy Bass, State Senator Art Haywood, the Philadelphia Police Department and SEPTA.
R3 is a GrassROOTS engagement activity that raises awareness of the importance of physical activity and healthier living and seeks to reclaim impoverished neighborhood spaces. This year’s event took place once again at Lingelbach Elementary, site of the new GrassROOTS’ afterschool program for girls, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
GrassROOTS chose to remain at Lingelbach because of the economic and social challenges facing the community. More than a quarter of the residents in the targeted neighborhood live in poverty, and the income per capita is 15 percent less than the rest of Philadelphia. Equally important was the fact that Lingelbach was only awarded $160.00 for their discretionary funding for the entire school year.
City Councilwoman Cindy Bass, State Rep Steve Kinsey, State Sen Art Haywood and Aja Graydon of Kindred the Family Soul were all in attendance, along with runners from Black Girls Run, the Black Running Organization, Black Men Run and even the principal of Lingelbach. R&B groups Mprynt and Good Girl both performed.
The day also featured other acts of service and activities, including face-painting and surprise musical performances. And as tradition dictates, R3 hosted its dance contest. The Lingelbach Home and School Association was also collecting summer reading books and toys that encourage outdoor activity.
Story/Photos via Skai Blue Media
Legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff and International Music Producer Rich Medina Join Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter of The Roots and A Special Surprise Celebrity Guest for a Classic Dance Party to Raise Funds For Women and Girls Living in Economically Disadvantaged Communities
On February 21st, Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, co-founder and lead MC of the GRAMMY® Award-winning hip hop band, The Roots, will host the 5th Annual Let’s Move It: Philly! charity dance party to raise funds for the GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF). In addition to hosting, Black Thought, co- founder and Chairman of the Board for GCF, will perform alongside hip hop legend DJ Jazzy Jeff and international producer and DJ Rich Medina. New this year is a special surprise celebrity guest committed to helping young girls and women lead healthy, happy lives. Let’s Move It: Philly! will take over Trilogy, formerly The Palmer Social Club, located at 601 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. Doors open at 9pm.
To purchase tickets, visit: letsmoveitphilly5.eventbrite.com.
Video of previous Let’s Move it Philly! Events
The GrassROOTS Community Foundation—co-founded by Black Thought and Dr. Janice Johnson Dias—is committed to contributing to the health and well-being of vulnerable populations and disadvantaged communities. Using rigorous scientific research, GCF creates innovative, health and wellness-centered, community-based programming that provides educational and recreational services to girls and women.
“We want to interrupt the structural inequality that exists in our communities; food access and health disparities are much higher in the African American and Hispanic populations than the rest of the nation,” says Dr. Johnson Dias. “The GrassROOTS Community Foundation recognizes and upholds young girls and women—specifically those of color—as agents of change and creates spaces for them to thrive physically, economically and emotionally. We know it is not enough to just describe the water in which people are drowning, we have to move and do the work together to change the tide.”
This year’s beneficiary organization is the Anna L. Lingelbach Elementary School in Germantown. In August 2014, there was a national outcry after it was revealed the school received only $160 in discretionary funding for the entire 2014-2015 school year. With a total student body of 400, spending equates to just 2.5 cents per pupil. The budget was to cover the costs of everything from books and copier paper to stamps and afterschool activities. After learning of the unfortunate appropriation, GCF moved into action. The proceeds from Let’s Move It: Philly! will go toward building an afterschool program at the school and increasing the capacity of youth and adults in the Germantown neighborhood. This program, titled LEAVES, is a social action public health program for middle school aged-girls. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, LEAVES will educate and inform community members about health disparities; amplify youth and community members’ voices on local health concerns and begin a community partnership to establish community investment in girls’ well-being.
GCF is committed to the LEAVES program at Lingelbach for three years.
“We’re excited to be part of the Linglebach community and to start the LEAVES afterschool program. As a father, I always want my children to have access to activities that challenge their bodies and their minds, and make them better people,” said Black Thought. “This year’s Let’s Move It Philly concert is going to be amazing and will give people an opportunity to party for a purpose with me and my friends.”
Building on the success of First Lady Michelle Obama’s national call to action to encourage young people and family members to be active and make better food choices, Let’s Move It: Philly! is one of GCF’s 10 city initiative— which is also active in Newark—that addresses health inequality for African Americans and low- income communities.
The Let’s Move It: Philly! dance party is part of a day-long wellness event which begins with a Townhall Conversation about Health at Lingelbach School, which will happen in the morning.
Let’s Move It: Philly! is sponsored by Monami Entertainment, Skai Blue Media and Superfly Mom.
To purchase tickets, visit: letsmoveitphilly5.eventbrite.com.
Video of previous Let’s Move it Philly! Events
ABOUT GrassROOTS Community Foundation
The GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF) is an anti-poverty and wellness organization that supports, develops, and scales community-driven solutions to the health challenges facing women and girls living in poverty. For more information, visit www.grass-rootsfoundation.org.
ABOUT Skai Blue Media
Skai Blue Media is a full-service communications agency based in Philadelphia. We bring together experience from the fields of public relations, journalism, video production, retail and non-profit in addition to maintaining close relationships with media outlets, business networks influencers, entrepreneurs and decision-makers. Skai Blue Media specializes in helping businesses build their communications foundation. Whether we are helping a client prepare for a store opening or generating press opportunities in regional and national publications, our unique pitching style is secures coverage in niche and national publications. However big or small, we provide each client with an individualized approach to garnering press and creating unique collaborations. For more information, follow us online @SkaiBlueMedia or visit Facebook.com/skaibluephilly.
￼￼￼￼ABOUT Monami Entertainment
Monami Entertainment is a multi-faceted boutique entertainment company specializing in talent management, brand development and film/television production. Founded by Haitian-American philanthropist Mona Scott-Young, Monami Entertainment was created on the premise of maintaining Scott-Young’s track record for success while expanding the scope of services beyond music to encompass all areas of the entertainment business.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation Funds Public Health Social Action Program For Economically Disadvantaged Youth of Lingelbach Elementary School Community.
This Saturday, February 21st, from 9am – noon, the GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF) will kick off a day of wellness by hosting a Town Hall on Health in conjunction with its all-star 5th Annual Let’s Move It: Philly! hip hop fundraiser. The health forum is a family-friendly morning of community engagement and open dialogue at Anna L. Lingelbach Elementary School in Germantown, located at 6340 Wayne Avenue in Philadelphia, PA. This event brings together music, policy and social action for a common purpose.
Visit letsmoveitphilly5.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets.
Panelists include youth and parents from Lingelbach School along with local lawmakers PA State Senator Art Hayward, Councilwoman Cindy Bass and PA State Legislative District leader Stephen Kinsey. Joining these elected officials are entertainment mogul Mona Scott-Young, recording artist and activist Talib Kweli, as well as Philadelphia-based stars Aja Dantzler of Kindred The Family Soul and radio personality Laiya St. Clair. Each panelist will speak on health issues and challenges facing youth and economically disadvantaged communities. In addition, GrassROOTS will officially announce the launch of its LEAVES program at Lingelbach, a public health and social action program designed to improve the health and well-being of adolescent girls, their families and their neighborhood. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, LEAVES will also educate and inform community members about health disparities; amplify youth and community members’ voices on local health concerns and begin a community partnership to establish community investment in girls’ well-being.
The GrassROOTS Community Foundation—co-founded by Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, co-founder and lead MC of the GRAMMY Award winning hip hop band The Roots, and John Jay College sociologist Dr. Janice Johnson Dias—is committed to contributing to the health and wellness of vulnerable populations and disadvantage communities. Using rigorous scientific research, GCF creates and supports innovative public health and social action programs for women and girls.
In August 2014, there was a national outcry after it was revealed Lingelbach Elementary received only $160 in discretionary funding for the entire 2014-2015 school year. With a total student body of 400, spending equates to just 2.5 cents per pupil. The budget was to cover the costs of everything from books and copier paper to stamps and afterschool activities. After learning of the unfortunate appropriation, GCF moved into action. The proceeds from Let’s Move It: Philly! will go toward building an afterschool program at the school and increasing the capacity of youth and adults in the Germantown neighborhood. GCF has established a three-year commitment to the community.
“Collectively, we can create solutions to the health and economic challenges facing our community. The time for action is now,” says GrassROOTS President, Dr. Johnson Dias.
In addition to visiting vendors, fitness activities, healthy food sampling and a special surprise musical performance, participants of the Town Hall on Health will learn more about the needs and concerns of community stakeholders via various panels moderated by Dr. Johnson Dias. The conversations will focus on physical, mental and sexual health and cover subtopics like health disparities, childhood obesity and bullying.
The day’s events will conclude at the 5th Annual Let’s Move It: Philly! hip hop dance party where guests will party for the purpose of raising funds for Lingelbach. Headliners include GrassROOTS Chairman Black Thought, the legendary Jazzy Jeff and Philly health arts ambassador and international producer, DJ Rich Medina. Special surprise guests will also take the state to entertain the audience at Triology, formerly known as the Palmer Social Club.
Visit letsmoveitphilly5.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets.
ABOUT GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF) is a public health and social action organization that supports, develops and scales health and wellness programs for women and girls, particularly those who are economically disadvantaged. For more information, visit www.grassrootsfoundation.org or follow online @grassrootsfound.
The Roots, The Roots, The Roots are on fire! Finally the day has come to witness one of the greatest bands alive perform today at the Festival Pier, Penn’s Landing. In 1987, The Roots originated in Philadelphia with Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter while they were both attending the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA).
Their first breakthrough was back in 1999, when they released Things Fall Apart that reached no. 4 on the Billboard charts. You Got Me won a Grammy award for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group and the album was nominated for Best Rap Album. Since then The Roots has been releasing nothing but hits and are now hitting the stage every week night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The Roots Picnic would not be possible without them, I mean forreal. Catch them and all these great acts at the Roots Picnic!
The Roots Picnic is less than a month away. In preparation, I plan to do my homework and learn as much about every artist performing on that bill. For the next 1 days, everyday will be a mini celebration leading up until the grand finale on May 31st at Penn’s Landing, the 7th annual Roots Picnic. Click here for tickets and for more info.
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10 Days until the Roots Picnic ’14: Biz Markie
11 Days until the Roots Picnic ’14: Jhene Aiko
12 Days until the Roots Picnic ’14: Just Blaze
13 Days until the Roots Picnic ’14: Electric Wire Hustle
14 Days until the Roots Picnic ’14: Chill Moody
15 Days until the Roots Picnic ’14: Roman GianArther
16 Days until the Roots Picnic ’14: Emily Wells
The Roots Picnic 2014 will be back for a 7th Annual installment with a pretty impressive line up. The show will feature Snoop Dogg backed by The Roots! as well Janelle Monaé, Action Bronson, War On Drugs, A$AP Ferg, araabMUZIK, Jhené Aiko, Rudimental, Just Blaze, Bad Rabbits, Biz Markie (on the 1s and 2s), Roman Gianarthur, Chill Moody, Emily Wells, and Electric Wire Hustle.
The Roots Picnic will take place at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, on the Delaware River Waterfront (corner of Columbus Blvd & Spring Garden Streets). Check out the directions under venue detailsHERE.
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 7 at Noon and will be available at Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Box Office, TLA Box Office, Festival Pier (day of show only), Ticketmaster Outlets or by-phone at 800-745-3000. Keep in mind, the show has sold out almost every year, so make sure to get your tickets in advance! You won’t be sorry!
If you missed your chance to get tickets to the SOLD OUT Roots Picnic, you’re in luck. We’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway! All you have to do is fill out the form below with your name and email and then comment with the name of the artist that you’re dying to see at the Roots Picnic and explain why. The contest ends at 12 pm on Friday, May 31, winners will be notified via email by 5 pm.
Get pumped for the big day by listening the live stream of Okayplayer x Cosmo Baker‘s official 2013 Roots Picnic Mixtape at BitTorent. Pulling from the discographies of all the artists on the bill (which include The Roots, Solange, Trinidad Jame$, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Grimes and Gary Clark Jr to name a few), Cosmo Baker delivers a mix that will certainly make anyone who listens wish they were attending the June 1st event at Penns Landing in Philadelphia.
While you’re there, don’t forget to take a look at the BitTorrent Bundle program which helps connect artists and fans.
DJ Premier “Young Gifted & Black Intro”
Gang Starr “Full Clip”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Thrift Shop”
The Roots “Dynamite”
How To Dress Well “Running Back”
Sonnymoon feat. Melo-X “Htlv (Houstatlantavegas) (Melo-X Remix)”
Naughty By Nature “Hip-Hop (DJ Scene 2013 Remix)”
Trinidad James “All Gold Everything (Emynd NOLA Bounce Remix)”
Robert Glasper “Black Radio feat. Yasin Bey (Pete Rock Remix)”
The Gaslamp Killer “Anything Worse”
The Roots “The Seed 2.0″
Solange “Losing You”
Jennah Bell “Monster Killer”
Solange “Sandcastle Disco”
The Roots “How I Got Over”
Duck Sauce “Grand Steppin”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Can’t Hold Us feat. Ray Dalton”
Grimes “Oblivion” A-Trak “Tuna Melt feat. Tommy Trash (Grandtheft Remix)”
Jay-Z & Kanye “Niggas In Paris”
Trinidad James “Females Welcome”
AraabMuzik “The Prince Is Coming”
The Gaslamp Killer “Impulse feat. Daedelus”
Kendrick Lamar “Backseat Freestyle”
A$AP Rocky “Goldie”
Gang Starr “Above The Clouds feat. Inspectah Deck”
Robert Glasper “Twice feat. Solange (?uestlove’s Twice Baked Remix)”
Gary Clark Jr. “The Life”
Joey Bada$$ “Waves”
Naughty By Nature “Jamboree feat. Zhane”
Smoke DZA “Gotham City feat. Joey Bada$$”
AraabMuzik “Hammer Dance”
The Roots “Act Too… The Love Of My Life feat. Common”
Shlohmo “Don’t Say No feat. How To Dress Well”
“At the 11th Hour it seemed like a good idea to write some sort of introduction to this mix and I gave it some thought as to what I was going to touch upon, but understand this is harder than it may seem. It’s difficult enough to capture everything that this collection of artists is about in the futile medium that’s one single mixtape. In the same regard, much like their entire career it’s almost impossible to pin down what The Roots, and Okayplayer are all about with just words. And that right there just may be the point.
I could take it back to 1992 or 93 when I first met these two dudes Ahmir and Tariq and this could be the story of “Philly dudes done well” or I could talk about the parallels of all or our respective career arcs and all that jazz. Or I could talk about how just some local musicans and DJs from South and West Philly have transformed into global music and cultural ambassadors.
But to me it comes down to one thing – love. The love that one has that makes one do what they do. It’s not for the money of the fame, but for the love of music that is the single reason why we’re in this game. That’s the greatest commonality that we all share, and one of the reasons why Okayplayer is what it is today in 2013. Perhaps it’s something in our mutual Philly history, and its collective cultural fiber; from being in that one time at that one place. I don’t know, but I do know one thing: I grew up with all this, and so when I was asked to contribute this mix, it was more than an honor. It felt like I was coming back home.”
– Cosmo Baker, 2013
The album came together after Elvis Costello appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, in March 2012.
“It was really love at first sight,” Questlove said of Costello in an interview with Billboard. “The second time he came on, we surpassed the first one. So by the third time, he was like, ‘Let’s stop messing around and do something together.’”
The original plan was to cut just a few tracks, but those sessions proved fruitful enough for the artists to keep going. Says Thompson, “we had 13 or 14 songs, but then we said, ‘Ooh! Wait a minute! Let’s replace four of these songs with four better songs! And now we have the tightest 12-14 song collection out of about 20 songs that we made.” The project is also super engineered by longtime Roots Engineer Steve Mandel.
In addition to the Costello album, the Roots are planning to release their own new LP, “& Then You Shoot Your Cousin,” either in late 2013 or early 2014. “We’re in the genesis of that right now,” says Thompson of the follow-up to 2011’s Grammy-nominated “Undun.”
According to a press release, most of the recording sessions took place in secret at Feliz Habitat Studios, though they also recorded “in plain sight” at Costello’s Hookery Crookery Studios. The album was produced by longtime Roots associate, Steven Mandel together with Costello and Questlove. La Marisoul, lead singer of the Los Angeles group La Santa Cecilia, also appears as a guest vocalist.
Watch Elvis Costello discuss the album in a recent interview with Fuse:
Philadelphia legend DJ Jazzy Jeff joined the Roots last night to spin a few tracks on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. This follows the 25th Anniversary of his album with Fresh Prince’s He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper. Their debut LP, 1987’s Rock the House, included the mild hit single, “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble,” but it was the duo’s sophomore effort, which eventually sold enough to be certified triple platinum, that ranks among the most successful hip-hop records ever—and certainly the most successful out of Philadelphia.
He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper made Jeffrey Townes and Will Smith household names throughout their beloved hometown, while subsequently putting Philly on the map and the global stage in ways that still resonate a quarter-century later. Townes remains one of the most respected spinmasters in the world, and Smith has become one of the highest grossing actors in Hollywood and part owner of the 76ers.
Read more about the 25th Anniversary of the album on Philly Weekly and watch the DJ Jazzy Jeff’s performance on Jimmy Fallon below: