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NAAME Speaker’s Bureau

NAAME’s Speakers Board is a service we provide on behalf of other socially conscious filmmakers, musicians, authors, and other media makers to book speaking engagements, workshops and trainings at universities and community centers in the Northwest and West Coast. We can book one off events or short tours in multiple cities.

We do the grunt work of contacting institutions, corresponding with hosts and depending on the circumstance can provide transportation to the events. In exchange we keep a percentage of the total money raised. If you are a socially conscious media maker who is interested in putting together a tour, or are a student or community group who would like to bring someone out to the West Coast, contact us and we can discuss what might be possible.

Recent events organized through the Speakers Bureau:
Screenings of Reed Lindsey’s film Charlie vs Goliath about a progressive candidate running for Senate.
A four city tour for the subMedia.tv anarchist video collective.
Community workshops for the Outside the Frame video non-profit serving homeless youth.
Keys Beats Bars popular education series featuring discussions about youth incarceration and the power of arts.

Media Tools for Social Change- Multimedia presentation aimed at making media for social change.

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Youth Incarceration & Music Event: PSU Sunday May 20th 1-3 p.m.

RADICAL EDUCATION PSU & NORTHWEST ALLIANCE FOR ALTERNATIVE MEDIA PRESENTS

Keys, Beats, Bars:  Youth Incarceration & Music Empowerment​

​Performances and ​community round table discussion about youth incarceration​

​and the power of the arts.

Sunday May 20th 2018 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Free, all ages, open to the public and disability affirmative

Portland State University

​Native American Student Center (Room 110)

Facebook Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/444336412667852/?active_tab=about

​Participants

Bla​que Butterfly, ​Mic Crenshaw, Carlos Chavez, Quincy Davis, Libretto, Swiggle Mandela, Talilo Marfil

​, Paul Henry Grice III​, staff from the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (Oregon Youth Authority)

Summary

It has become common knowledge that there are over two million incarcerated persons in the United States.  However it is way less that the rate of incarcerated youth in the U.S.  is also about two million.  This panel will feature speakers, presentations and performances by highly regarded Hip Hop artists based in the Pacific Northwest working with incarcerated youth in Oregon.  Presenters will discuss the scope and importance of music programming and how music can transform lives and communities.

​Blac​que Butterfly

Blacque Butterfly is a spoken word artist, singer, songwriter, entertainer and activist. Her love for the arts has allowed her to explore several layers of her calling. Be it spoken word, motivational speaking, singing, theater, event planning or promoting she has allowed the Creator to use her ministry to inspire others to follow their calling. Her art crosses and closes cultural boundaries as she has shared stages with national recording artists from Dead Prez to Peter Yarrow. Her mission is to make good music and to elevate her audience to a higher level of consciousness.. She performs a’capella, acoustic or with a full band. Blacque Butterfly is a native Oregonian, born and raised in NE Portland. She is the author of “Black girl can I comb your hair” and selected poetry. Butterfly mentors troubled youth and single mothers and facilitates a youth based theatre troupe, where she allows youth at risk to use the arts as a tool for social justice. She is also a member of Up and Over Tour a mentoring team of artists that share their experiences and performances to youth via the educational system. She is also a Right Brain Initiative teaching artist. Butterfly has a passion for people and has motivated and mentored women and men of domestic violence. Blacque Butterfly believes in the philosophy that you can be the change that you want to see in the world.

https://www.reverbnation.com/BlacqueButterfly

Carlos Chavez

Carlos Chavez is the co-founder and Director of Morpheus Youth Project. He’s been working as a youth advocate since 2007 providing creative, historical and cultural workshops, events and programs in the Portland community and in youth detention centers in the area. He also presents regularly at Portland State University through their Criminal and Juvenile Justice Capstone courses and has co-facilitated a number of PSU’s Inside/Out courses at MacLaren Youth Corrections. Before pursuing his passion as a youth advocate, he spent 13 years in the financial world as a Project Manager and Consultant. He has also been a radio producer and journalist at KBOO Community Radio since 2001.

www.morpheusyouth.org

Mic Crenshaw

Chicago-born poet and emcee Michael (Mic) Crenshaw fell in love with music at a young age while living in Minneapolis. His teenage years were challenging as he actively confronted white supremacist gangs that were a growing part of the hard-core music scene. He eventually chose to escape the violence and moved to Portland, where he quickly became one of the most respected artists in the Northwest, and his community efforts have had both local and international impact. Mic is Currently the Lead U.S. Organizer for the Afrikan Hiphop Caravan and tours annually throughout Africa with African Hip Hop collectives.

Other links: Link to Tedx talk on the Afrikan hip Hop Caravan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQNQGPoFyI8

Link to Superheroes video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcfLSMupzus

Link to Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan video:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=afrikan+hip+hop+caravan

Link to Free My Mind video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M16-XjuVXNA

Link to website for Mic:

http://miccrenshaw.com

Quincy Davis

Quincy Davis is an independent hip-hop emcee / producer, documentary filmmaker and educator who has travelled the world, spreading his message of inspiration and empowerment, from the center of downtown Portland, to the Oregon State Penitentiary, to Indonesia. He works with high-school students throughout the Portland area as a guest speaker and workshop leader. Quincy’s life story is one of redemption, after a struggle from rock-bottom to make his way out of a negative lifestyle, Quincy committed to sobriety, and found the teachings of indigenous wisdom-keepers and earth-based ceremonies that profoundly influenced and transformed his life. He translates these understandings and experiences through the art-form of music and video, with the intention to inspire, empower and be a spark for the younger generation of visionaries.

http://quincydavismusic.com

Libretto

Libretto reaps elements from both coasts, and knowledge from his life experiences. His father, an ex-Black Panther, came from New York; Libretto grew up in Watts. They both moved here in the mid-’90s, a history he tells on “Slum Funk”: “Ain’t no civilians livin’ inside these buildings/ everybody’s ready, willing to leave your blood spillin’/’95 came/and pops wanted to switch lanes/and move me to the 503… bomb threat: cassettes I spread throughout the projects” and throughout his debut album. “I do what I do,” he explains. “I can come complicated, or I can come for you smart-dumb cats.  On the album, it’s all comin’ out.  They can’t put me in no box. Only thing I haven’t done yet is make some booty-shaking music… which is part of me I can’t do,” Libretto laughs.

www.slumfunk.com

Swiggle Mandela

Swiggle Mandela is one of the most prominent rappers in Portland Oregon.  Born and raised in Portland he began recording in 2002 at the age of 12.  Since then he has recorded hundreds of songs, shot over 50 music videos and performed hundreds of times.  In 2017 he released 15 music videos.  He has a huge local as well as international following that continues to grow. In 2017 he released 15 music videos.  His style is very versatile lyrical and sometimes simplistic flow, relating to a large audience and many different cultures.  His music is fun, deep, consicous, political and radical.  He has something for everyone.

Swiggle Mandela -40 Acres And A New Car (Official Music Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZxmMGZm9oc

Swiggle Mandela Ft. Mic Crenshaw -Kings & Queens Prod. K.Prynce(MUSIC VIDEO): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZBWfGUhlSc

Swiggle Mandela -Locals Only Prod.SunnyTheRapper (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50LHmMOxI7U

Talilo Marfil

Talilo is a Filipino-American hip hop recording artist known for his quick lyrical delivery and spiritual inspiring lyrics he continues to pursue his dreams of being a world wide known recording and performing artist. Most people relate his quick style to “Bizzy Bone” from “Bone Thugs&Harmony”. After being released from a two year sentence at the age of 21, he came out as a different person influenced by spiritual values that carry him until this day. He has done what he said that he would do once he got out of prison, “Go to school for Music, Start his own Record Label, and find a job”. Talilo has a heart for people who have been through similar things as his self, people that have experienced death, drug abuse, homelessness, imprisonment, abandonment, loss, and regrets he continues to inspire others with his music knowing that his purpose in this life is to help people find their own purpose in life.

“Dedicated” – Talilo Marfil featuring Avian (OFFICIAL VIDEO):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5gVnSlLHz0

CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FT. LUCK-ONE (MUSIC VIDEO):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSFqnKEeMgc

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Ascending the flow for youth advocacy!

NAAME is proud to partner up with the Ascending Flow Youth Organization.

The goal of this new project is to make a difference in our youth’s lives by advocating for them in their personal and academic achievements. We serve by connecting them to resources in the community, guiding them in finding their talents and passions, supporting them with their ambitions, and providing a positive outlet of expression. Our team helps the youth in dealing with personal trauma or addictions to prepare them with becoming self-sufficient by developing essential life skills to evolve into future leaders.

https://www.facebook.com/AscendingFlow/

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Space is the place!

NAAME is stoked to partner up with the Social Justice Action Center (SJAC) in Portland Oregon (www.sjacpdx.org)!

SJAC is run by and for grassroots organizations – especially those of people of color and marginalized communities – as a place to gather, organize, and build culture.  Through this work, these groups will also build relationships with each other and gain experience working across differences towards mutual understanding and solidarity.

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Welcome new member from down under!

NAAME would like to welcome a new dynamic member to our advisory committee!

Originally from Tasmania, Australia, Lilia has been working in conservation non-profit communications and outreach since the early 2000’s. She has been involved with a number of different publishing projects, from radical street press news, to zine projects with current and former Political Prisoners, and green anarchist publications. More recently Lilia has been harnessing grant writing skills to help source funding for causes important to her heart – namely wolves and decarceration – and working as the Project Coordinator for Agency, an anarchist PR project. She lives in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon and is passionate about the power of alternative media to inspire people to fight for justice for each other, other animals, and the earth.

 

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Making the W(orld)hirled of BEATs!

Whirled BEAT (Beats, Earth, Art & Theater) NW is a project promoting world music and culture focusing on events, workshops and performances that help to spread awareness about the rich diversity of the world’s music and culture.   Performances and workshops are the mainstay of this project featuring master musicians from West Africa and other parts of the world.

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Check out our newest music projects!

NAAME has an interest in music as alternative media and education. That’s why we are happy to launch two projects in recent months that we have been working on for a long time. We also recently took on a fiscally sponsored project that is music oriented and fits right in. Together these three projects use music as a medium for different results in empowering people and communities.

Keys, Beats, Bars

http://www.keysbeatsbars.com/

About Us

Keys, Beats, Bars is a music program for incarcerated youth.

The project piloted under the name “Global Beats”  in 2016 at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon.  This project started with a partnership with Oregon Youth Authorities Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations as a result of the Global Perspectives curriculum.  This curriculum are considered Multicultural Educational Group Support Sessions (MEGSS).

Shvvvr Music Project

Shvvvr Music Project is the first solo project led by multi-instrumentalist Adam Carpinelli to be released in early 2018.

Official Website: www.shvvvr.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/shvvvr/

Twitter: @shvvvr
Press/Booking: shvvvr@gmail.com
Instagram: @Shvvvr_Music

Quest of Life Media & Broadcast

QoLMB’s mission is to work with LGBT artists in the pursuit of their
passion by centralizing fundraising and partnering with organizations
to ease the challenges associated with production of albums,
marketing, touring, and video production.

Executive Director:
Stephen Sims
Quest of Life Media & Broadcast
An LGBT Media Services Group
Not Weird, Queer radio show
-Tabor Studios
Wild Planet Radio