We Never Put the Fists Down
Kiwi, Bao, and I never thought to really mention this to anyone, but I thought we should let folks know though, that from the moment we came up with the idea to hit the road together as Beats Rhymes & Rice, we knew we’d be donating a portion of our revenue to grassroots organizations of our choosing. It would never have felt right to funnel all of our revenue straight into our pockets, and so we’re doing it like this.
With the help of Daren Mooko from One Of Agency, we’ve created a system by which we can make sure that some of the money from our fee from every single show is donated to folks we support who are doing the work in the streets, all of which happen to be API community groups in our homebase cities. This was always our intention, and a percentage of all monies we’ve collected so far and hope to receive in the future will be going back into our communities.
I’m including the names of our designated recipient organizations below. Please feel free to ask any of us about our choices, and if you’d like to know more about any of them, or want to go ahead and donate to them as well – whether money, time, supplies, positive energy – we strongly encourage that. All three of us are strongly connected to our communities, and moving a portion of our honorarium into these groups is just an extension of how we try to operate in our day-to-day lives.
Read on and check out the groups we support. Illustrations are the first pictures to come up on Google Image Search when you enter our first names. Yeah why not?
Filipino Community Center - ALAY Program
(Active Leadership to Advance the Youth)
San Francisco, CA
Center for Hmong Arts and Talent - ICE Open Mic
(Innovative Community Elevation)
St. Paul, MN
Coalition for Asian Pacific American Youth
c/o Asian American Studies, UMass-Boston