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International Hip-hop documentarian launches Sankofa Tour 2005

Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, director/producer of the films Inventos: Hip Hop Cubano and Homegrown: Hip Life In Ghana has decided to broaden the reach of his groundbreaking documentaries, by using the film's popularity to inspire support for progressive Hip-hop communities around the world.

Eli recently completed one year of touring with Inventos: Hip Hop Cubano nationally, and internationally, holding screenings in theaters, community centers, universities, high schools, and group homes. The Inventos Sankofa Tour will launch this July in Colombia, making its way to Venezuela, Santo Domingo and other islands in the Caribbean. With your support we will be able to travel in order to donate much needed equipment and resources to artists who inspire and uplift the international Hip Hop community.

Global Hip Hop is often faced with the challenge of having to create without proper technological tools and media resources. The Inventos Sankofa Tour hopes to mobilize our communities outstanding network of audiences, aficionados, and supporters, to donate the tools and equipment needed to keep the spirit of perseverance, innovation, and free flowing creativity alive in Hip Hop communities worldwide.

Around the U.S., individuals and organizations have signed on to this effort, but your support is needed to make this a reality!


We are asking you to contribute in any way you can. The list below is in order of importance for having the most resounding impact. We need:

1. Financial donations to make the trip a reality, as well as to purchase what does not get donated (see list below). Donate online at: https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?aid=5599

2. Computer laptops (PC Pentium 2 or higher). These will be equipped with the latest music software

3. CD turn tables (since around 95% of the DJing in these communities is from CD to CD, it would be great to get them CDJ's so they will be able to scratch and mix and create there own new style).

4. Video cameras/ digital cameras.

5. CD disk men and Mini-Disk rec/players.


Sharing the resources we have with those who have the skills, but not the technology, is the way we do it!!

About Inventos
Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi is a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Eli's first full-length film documentary,Inventos: Hip Hop Cubano, premiered in Havana, Cuba and has toured successfully across the U.S. Cuban Hip Hop provides a unique insight into the realities and politics of contemporary Cuba. Experience this as Inventos follows some of the pioneers of this musical movement to their homes, the stage and as they travel abroad for the first time. Inventos embodies the true spirit of Hip Hop, which is to build something that is powerful and useful out of what is seemingly impossible. Just as Hip Hop in the U.S. began as a form of creative self _expression bringing awareness to oppressive social conditions, Cuban Hip Hop demonstrates the innovative and indestructible spirit born from a people suppressed by the U.S. embargo on Cuba. Inventos, serves as a reminder of the political consciousness through which this music was created. Thirty years after its conception, and in spite of commercialization, Hip Hop culture continues to give voice to people who refuse to be silenced, ignored and cut off from the larger society. The film shows how both cultures reflect similar social struggles and if brought together, could transcend cultural barriers and build a collective community dedicated to spreading messages of truth and empowerment globally. Jacobs-Fantauzzi's film rekindles an essence of the old school, which will inspire and reawaken the eyes of our present generations.

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About The Hip-Hop Association
The mission of the Hip-Hop Association [H2A] is to utilize Hip-Hop culture as a tool to effectively encourage critical thinking, social change and unity, while empowering communities through educational and cultural initiatives. This is accomplished through our media & education programs: H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] & H2Ed [Hip-Hop Education]. H2A has quickly become a leader in creating events that focus on the use of imagery in media to educate about Hip-Hop culture and social issues. The founders, advisory board, & staff of H2A have a collective experience within the Hip-Hop community as pioneers, filmmakers, educators, activists, writers, and executives.
www.hiphopassociation.org info@hiphopassociation.org

About The International Hip Hop Exchange (IHX)
The International Hip Hop Exchange (IHX) is a non-profit arts organization founded in 2000 to promote and nurture the development of Hip-hop culture and activism, globally, by facilitating exchange between Hip-hop artists, activists, and youth communities worldwide. The International Hip Hop Exchange (IHX) works to strengthen the capacity of artists, cultural workers, arts institutions and global youth communities to create and produce hip hop art and culture. To this end, IHX produces cross-cultural concerts, organizes educational and cultural tours, disseminates artist development and technical support opportunities, and promotes artist-to-artist contact and collaboration across international borders. IHX is devoted to supporting youth everywhere as they express themselves through hip hops full range of visual and performance art forms, including dance, music, theater, multimedia painting and sculpture, poetry and rhyming. While certainly attentive to the explosion of hip hop culture in the U.S., Europe and Japan, IHX is particularly committed to bringing outstanding hip hop artists to and from less celebrated communities in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa.
www.ihx-worldcipher.org IHXChange@aol.com

Libertad is a collective of artists, musicians, activists and educators who use their artistic projects as tools for cultural preservation, social justice and peace. Libertad has organized several cultural exchange tours, leading over 100 participants through the U.S. and Caribbean. Participants share their cultural exchange experiences in their respective communities through multimedia presentations.
arT * cULtUre* aCtiVisM WWW.LIBERTADJOURNAL.ORG pAz jUsticIa y LIberTad!

Rolando Brown, Director of Brand Development
[e] rolando@hiphopassociation.org

The Hip-Hop Association
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