IN THE HEART OF MAYA’S ANCIENT CIVILIZATION
Thanks to my boy Iz at Guerrilla Republik, I was brought out to Guatemala through an organization called HIP HOP 4 PEACE which was founded by a dedicated and passionate educator from Switzerland named Shew Fleur. Hip Hop 4 Peace’s goal was to utilize Hip Hop in educating, raising awareness and empowering youth living in a marginalized and violent context. While there, I got to facilitate workshops with youth ranging from 7-13 years old. In only one week of workshops, we got the youth to write, dance, paint, sing, rap, DJ and play a wide variety of games. I had such a fun time with the youth and although I was a lead facilitator, I found them being the ones teaching me very strong lessons which I think have already made me a better educator, listener, and overall human being. 
During my time in Guatemala, I got to visit Tikal which is the heart of the ancient Mayan civilization. I got to see pyramids and some of the most beautiful sacred sites I have ever seen. After so much hard work, sweat, and perseverance…HIP HOP 4 PEACE's community center was forced to close down. Unfortunately, the organization was unable to garner the support and funds needed to keep it running. My last day in Guatemala was probably the most difficult for us. A sadness set in moments before the community center's last event ended and left many of the youth in tears. In only one week, I grew an unexplainable attachment to the youth and couldn't believe how many memories were created in such a short period of time. Talk about a life changing journey. Hasta la proxima vez!! 
(Posted 9/11/2011 C.E.)

IN THE HEART OF MAYA’S ANCIENT CIVILIZATION

Thanks to my boy Iz at Guerrilla Republik, I was brought out to Guatemala through an organization called HIP HOP 4 PEACE which was founded by a dedicated and passionate educator from Switzerland named Shew Fleur. Hip Hop 4 Peace’s goal was to utilize Hip Hop in educating, raising awareness and empowering youth living in a marginalized and violent context. While there, I got to facilitate workshops with youth ranging from 7-13 years old. In only one week of workshops, we got the youth to write, dance, paint, sing, rap, DJ and play a wide variety of games. I had such a fun time with the youth and although I was a lead facilitator, I found them being the ones teaching me very strong lessons which I think have already made me a better educator, listener, and overall human being. 

During my time in Guatemala, I got to visit Tikal which is the heart of the ancient Mayan civilization. I got to see pyramids and some of the most beautiful sacred sites I have ever seen. After so much hard work, sweat, and perseverance…HIP HOP 4 PEACE's community center was forced to close down. Unfortunately, the organization was unable to garner the support and funds needed to keep it running. My last day in Guatemala was probably the most difficult for us. A sadness set in moments before the community center's last event ended and left many of the youth in tears. In only one week, I grew an unexplainable attachment to the youth and couldn't believe how many memories were created in such a short period of time. Talk about a life changing journey. Hasta la proxima vez!! 

(Posted 9/11/2011 C.E.)

(Photo by Camila)
FIRST TIME EVER TOURING CANADA
Canada was amazing!!! Got to work with several 7-12 years olds in Toronto. So much passion and energy! We played games, spoke about Hip Hop, wrote poems, drew pictures, and had lots of fun! I also featured at the BAM! Youth Slam in Toronto where I covered a 13 minute poem by Gil Scott Heron entitled “The Ghetto Code (Dot Dot Dit Dit Dot Dot Dash).” The venue was packed with youth predominately from Asia and Africa. Such a beautiful exchange of history, culture, and art. 
Had another show in Hamilton that was organized in a youth center unfortunately on the verge of closing down. Roughly 50 people showed up ranging from 7-8 years olds to teenagers, young adults in their 20s, to men and women in their 50s & 60s. I have to admit that I was super flattered when the youth in Hamilton wanted me to sign autographs. Not even just a few either! I was signing cds, posters, belts, sneakers, pieces of paper, arms, and elbows! Many of the youth were refugees from Northern Africa. Humbling beyond words. The entire tour was a bundle of powerful moments, inspiring conversations, and dope performances. So blessed. So thankful.
Special shouts and thanks to Aiden, Redge, and Barrio Nuevo!!!
(Posted 8/14/2011 C.E.)

(Photo by Camila)

FIRST TIME EVER TOURING CANADA

Canada was amazing!!! Got to work with several 7-12 years olds in Toronto. So much passion and energy! We played games, spoke about Hip Hop, wrote poems, drew pictures, and had lots of fun! I also featured at the BAM! Youth Slam in Toronto where I covered a 13 minute poem by Gil Scott Heron entitled “The Ghetto Code (Dot Dot Dit Dit Dot Dot Dash).” The venue was packed with youth predominately from Asia and Africa. Such a beautiful exchange of history, culture, and art. 

Had another show in Hamilton that was organized in a youth center unfortunately on the verge of closing down. Roughly 50 people showed up ranging from 7-8 years olds to teenagers, young adults in their 20s, to men and women in their 50s & 60s. I have to admit that I was super flattered when the youth in Hamilton wanted me to sign autographs. Not even just a few either! I was signing cds, posters, belts, sneakers, pieces of paper, arms, and elbows! Many of the youth were refugees from Northern Africa. Humbling beyond words. The entire tour was a bundle of powerful moments, inspiring conversations, and dope performances. So blessed. So thankful.

Special shouts and thanks to Aiden, Redge, and Barrio Nuevo!!!

(Posted 8/14/2011 C.E.)

(Photo by MC Natra)
TOURING AND RECORDING IN BORIKEN (PUERTO RICO)
This past June, I successfully managed to tour the entire island of Boriken [Puerto Rico] from Aguadilla to San Juan as well as Biejo San Juan, Loiza, Fajardo, Vieques [Bieke], Ponce, Adjuntas, Utuado, Cabo Rojo, and back to Aguadilla. Phew!!! For those of you who have never been, that equates to going in a more or less complete circle around the island. What a monumental journey in my life. Growing up, I used to visit my grandparents in Cabo Rojo for the summer but never had I seen the island like this before.During my trip, I saw the ancient Taino ruins in Caguanas and even the Pre-Taino ruins at El Centro Indigena. I got into the craziest adventures, met all kinds of people, enjoyed some of the hardest laughs my stomach has ever had to endure, played chess, received acupuncture, learned more about my history, was interviewed live on Vieques Radio, and got my music played on UPR (University of Puerto Rico) Radio’s Hip Hop Vox FM (hosted by Velcro). So many stories. I even got to record 2 new songs at Phantom Studios in Bieke (Vieques) with Lady M and MC Natra. One of the songs will definitely be featured on “LIMPIA LIMPIA.” : )
Special thanks to Ramon Serrano, Yasmin Hernandez & Robert Rabin!!!
(Posted 7/1/2011 C.E.)

(Photo by MC Natra)

TOURING AND RECORDING IN BORIKEN (PUERTO RICO)

This past June, I successfully managed to tour the entire island of Boriken [Puerto Rico] from Aguadilla to San Juan as well as Biejo San Juan, Loiza, Fajardo, Vieques [Bieke], Ponce, Adjuntas, Utuado, Cabo Rojo, and back to Aguadilla. Phew!!! For those of you who have never been, that equates to going in a more or less complete circle around the island. What a monumental journey in my life. Growing up, I used to visit my grandparents in Cabo Rojo for the summer but never had I seen the island like this before.

During my trip, I saw the ancient Taino ruins in Caguanas and even the Pre-Taino ruins at El Centro Indigena. I got into the craziest adventures, met all kinds of people, enjoyed some of the hardest laughs my stomach has ever had to endure, played chess, received acupuncture, learned more about my history, was interviewed live on Vieques Radio, and got my music played on UPR (University of Puerto Rico) Radio’s Hip Hop Vox FM (hosted by Velcro). So many stories. I even got to record 2 new songs
 at Phantom Studios in Bieke (Viequeswith Lady M and MC Natra. One of the songs will definitely be featured on “LIMPIA LIMPIA.” : )

Special thanks to Ramon Serrano, Yasmin Hernandez & Robert Rabin!!!

(Posted 7/1/2011 C.E.)

MUSIC VIDEO: “AMISTAD” (Edited by Stampede Fireflies)

After an UNFORGETTABLE trip in Cuba, I present to you the debut music video for “Master Cleanse.” There are so many memories embedded in each moment. I am so grateful to have experienced this journey. I truly hope you enjoy!!! : )

(Posted 4/13/2011 C.E.)

LIVE ON BRONXNET (Edited by Stampede Fireflies

Through the Bronx Council on the Arts, I was offered an interview by WBLS host Bob Lee on Bronxnet’s “OPEN.” Conversations ranged from discussing the meaning of my name, breaking down “Master Cleanse,” history on The Bronx & early Hip Hop, youth & activism, and much more!

(Posted 5/5/2011 C.E.)