Hip Hop in Germany
L.A.’s youth have all the fun these days. Set aside sex, drugs, and violence, there are several organizations that allow them to have a blast. The Boys and Girls Club may be nice and all, but one program stands aside as one of the most unique.
The local organization Justice by Uniting In Creative Energy (J.U.I.C.E.) formed in 2001, with a mission to help fight juvenile crime through the hip hop culture – word, music, dance, and art. J.U.I.C.E is opened to anyone, of any age, and free of charge every Thursday from 4pm to 9pm, and offers open turntables, DJ sessions, Emcee workshops, Graffiti and Mural Art classes, Music Recording classes, and a dance floor.
That is not even the best part. J.U.I.C.E. was selected to be a part of the Youth Urban Arts Exchange in Stuttgart, Germany from August 15-28. This program enables some of L.A.’s youth to visit Germany and explore how the hip hop culture lives abroad, by way of joint workshops, performances and roundtable discussions facilitated by local scholars and artists.
"The main premise of the exchange goes beyond sharing our two cities. We will be creating and documenting an international dialogue around Hip Hop, Youth, Media and Violence as it is perceived and experienced in our distinct countries and communities", said Monica X. Delgado, Executive Director of J.U.I.C.E. "We are proud to celebrate and share the diverse talents of Los Angeles' Bboys and Bgirls, Graffiti Artists, Deejays and Emcees with like minded youth in Germany."
This entire experience will be documented and presented in a live forum both here and in Stuttgart. To learn more about J.U.I.C.E. and the Youth Urban Arts Exchange, visit http://www.rampartjuice.com
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