This is a page of artist, visionaries, organizations, and movements that we have either worked with or have influenced Earth Amplified in the past couple of years. We forward their works by endorsing and promoting their activity.
Artivistas & Visionaries
Amma’ as she is known all over the world today, has inspired and started innumerable humanitarian services. She has earned international recognition for her outstanding contributions to the world community. She is recognized as an extraordinary spiritual leader by the United Nations and by the people all over the world.
Though Amma makes no claims herself, those who watch her closely notice that she is the greatest example of her teaching. Her disciples and believers imbibe her teachings by just watching her.
For the past 35 years Amma has dedicated her life to the uplifting of suffering humanity through the simplest of gestures – an embrace. In this intimate manner Amma had blessed and consoled more than 25 million people throughout the world.
When someone asked Amma why she receives every person who comes to her in a loving embrace Amma replied, “ If you ask the river,’ why do you flow?’ what can it say?” www.amma.org
Bassnectar is the brainchild of Lorin Ashton, and it exists as an open-sourced musical project that is as diverse as it is heavy, as raw as it is meticulous, and as fierce as it is imaginary. Spanning the spectrum of sonic style, the music covers every genre imaginable and smashes it all into a synthesis of intense, wobbling basslines and hypnotic soundscapes.
Whether remixing, collaborating, writing, DJing, performing live, or working on constant social networking, Bassnectar’s music is the lure and social impact is the sincere intention. According to Ashton, “We are so blessed, and so deeply fortunate to be alive and awake right now…it’s a basic truth, but it’s very powerful. I think privilege confers responsibility, and Bassnectar is a reflection of that opportunity to give back; the motion of my cells bouncing back at the world.”
Ben Zolno is a storyteller for NewMessageMedia.com, using various styles of writing, filmmaking and social media to help organizations hone their message and connect with the audience that can help them reach their goals. He makes ecological and environmental films for organizations like Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, Post Carbon Institute and Transition Sebastopol. www.NewMessageMedia.com
BRWN BFLO (Brown Buffalo)Proud U.S.-born descendants of Mexican immigrants and Chicano activists, they are high caliber Hip Hopstorytellers, song-writers, public school educators AND they know how to rock a party! GIANT, BIGDAN and SOMOS ONE, each born in vastly different regions of California and into distinct circumstances, represent for their rebellious ancestors, for youth on the streets, as well as those who overcome odds to earn college degrees and fight for their place in academia. Though from distinct cohorts, these three Hip Hop emcees all graduated from UC Berkeley and earned reputations for turning parties into unforgettable musical experiences. http://www.brwnbflo.com/
Climbing PoeTree has blazed stages from Oakland to Atlanta, South Africa to Cuba with artists such as Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, Dani Glover, Amiri Baraka, Vandana Shiva, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Mary Robinson (First female president of Ireland), The Last Poets, Me’Shell Ndegecello, Angela Davis, Toshi Reagon (Sweet Honey in The Rock) and Dead Prez. They have led workshops in institutions from Cornell University to Riker’s Island. And they have painted murals on walls from the Bronx, to Santiago, to Jamaica. Climbing PoeTree’s uses their art to expose injustice, heal from violence, and generate vision to help us all imagine a more just and compassionate world: http://www.climbingpoetree.com/
Davey D is a nationally recognized journalist, adjunct professor, Hip Hop historian, syndicated talk show host, radio programmer, producer, deejay, media and community activist graduated from UC Berkeley. Davey D is the co-founder and host of several of the most cited Hip Hop radio and online news journalism projects of all time like Hard Knock Radio (HKR) is an award-winning daily syndicated prime time afternoon show focusing on Hip Hop culture and politics. http://www.daveyd.com/
Dead Prez is a conscious hip hop duo/political activists, composed of stic.man and M-1, formed in 1996 in New York City, New York. They are known for their confrontational style, combined with socialist lyrics focused on both militant social justice and Pan-Africanism. The duo maintains an ethical stance against corporate control over the media, especially hip hop record labels. http://www.deadprez.com/
DJ Sol Rising
DJ Sol Rising (formerly DJ Skwint) is a reputable DJ, with his set’s being an eclectic mix of world, electronica, hip-hop, funk, soul, reggae, house, and turntablism. For Sol Rising, the purpose of making music is to uplift humanity’s vibration, transcending mind and emotions to create the remembrance of the ultimate truth of who we are. He is infusing urban music with spiritual principles and bridging worlds by bringing underground hip-hop artists like Rasco and Vedic wisdom together on one album. http://djsolrising.com/
Drew Dellinger (Ph.D. candidate) is an internationally sought-after speaker, poet, writer, and teacher who has inspired minds and hearts around the world, performing poetry and keynoting on justice, ecology, cosmology, and compassion. He is also a consultant, publisher, and founder of Planetize the Movement.
Dellinger has presented at over 1000 events across the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia. He has spoken and performed at numerous conferences–including Bioneers, the Green Festival, the Dream Reborn, and the Parliament of the World’s Religions–as well as colleges and universities, poetry venues, protests, and places of worship. He has shared podiums and stages with luminaries such as Alice Walker, Cornel West, Thomas Berry, Danny Glover, Julia Butterfly Hill, Brian Swimme, Paul Hawken, Ani Difranco, Chuck D, Eve Ensler, and many others. http://drewdellinger.org/
Bringing forth a timeless science through a live, lyrical experience of “more than one sista on the mic at a time”… this crew gives voice to the potent sound of Goddess Alchemy rising from underground urban-scapes to mainstream airwaves. In collaboration with many artists and producers, this unique sound provides a fresh flavor by integrating elements of underground hip-hop, world accents, spoken word flows, and soulful melodics. Combine this with ancient texts, quantum physics, ancestral roots, multi-dimensional symbology, and an all-female cypher… the result to this equation is a new, musical science they call “Open Source Soul Floetics.” http://www.goddessalchemyproject.com/index.html
Ietef Vita Dj Cavem
Straight out tha garden, fresh beats and vocals! Ietef Hotep Vita aka “DJ CaveM” of the hip-hop group “Moetavation” is an all-around “B-Boy” utilizing his gifts to serve as an: “O-G”-organic gardener, MC, educator, graffiti guru, breakdancer, world traveler, and award-winning community arts activist. As a cultural workerDenver native, hailing from the historic Five Points area and has been a long time community activist. djcavem.com
Illuminati Congo is a Chicago based hip hop group. Vocalist Jahn The Baptist and producer Nic The Graduate create an infectious blend of head nodding beats and unexpected subject matter that will have you begging for a rewind! Musical influences range from classic reggae to classic rock creating an equal blend of modern synth-and-sampler driven hip hop and danceable, live band instrumentation. http://illuminaticongo.com/
Jazz Mafia’s Brass, Bows & Beats
With Brass, Bows & Beats, Adam Theis (principle composer/arranger) has brought together a fearless group of musical innovators at the top of their game delivering a major contribution to the constantly evolving American and global art form known as jazz. Rick Marianetti of The San Francisco Examiner calls Brass, Bows & Beats “one of the most exciting new works of American music in years–a seamless fusion of jazz, funk, hip-hop, electronica, and digital turntable that deserves to be heard world wide.” http://www.jazzmafia.com/
Vacillating between Hip-Hop, Soul, Electronica, Reggae, World and every kind of rhythm in between, sultry voiced Jennifer Johns crafts stirring tunes that are both heart-rending and head-bobbing. In addition to amplifying her singing voice for the masses, Johns also lends her time to a variety of community based organizations. She is a Green For All Fellow and has made it her business to bring the conversation of real sustainable living to the urban/black and brown communities around the world. http://www.myspace.com/jenniferjohns
Kara Bernada M.A
is a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner and an Institute of HeartMath Resilient Educator trainer and product reseller. She integrates her studies in psychology, physics and principles of unification, spiritual philosophy, neurocardiology, and the design of the human nervous system and offers an understanding of the function of consciousness and our processes of emotional meaning-making, emphasizing the heart as our central navigating device, within the context of a holistic cosmology based on the feedback/feedforward wheelworks of nature.
Consciousness Hip Hop band known as the Luminaries consist of a range of sounds spanning from classic, feel-good boom-bap, to neo-soul mashed with super-charged funk-rock, the Luminaries cover the full spectrum of light and frequency. It’s is not simply good tunes that gets the crowd hyped off this live rap act, the 3 MCs perform with a tight group of instrumentalists to accompany their positive message. The outcome is that audiences are left feeling empowered, inspired, and filled with a sense of sheer love as they walk away from this ecstatic experience. The band sees their role as more than just musicians, but messengers of hope – true hope – as they live a life of service, each having played the role of teacher, social worker, activist and other human ins
Midnite weaves the cultural lyrics of “old school” roots music with modern day experiences to create a unique listening encounter. Roots Reggae – naked and raw is an apt description for Midnite’s musical style, in which they forgo the frills of extensive remixes, overdubbing and other musical refinements. Lead singer Vaughn Benjamin’s electrifying voice seems an amalgamation of many great voices in reggae-soulful, chanting, edgy. Vaughn’s potent lyrical style and his brother Ron Benjamin’s exquisite production, vocals, dub, arrangements, keyboard/bass musical directorship form the nucleus of this musical – rootsy sound, which includes: Christian Molina (drums), Edmund Fieulleteau (guitar), Edwin Byron (guitar) and Ras L (keyboards). http://www.midniteband.com/
Fadeelah Muhyee (Queen Deelah) artist/activist,she launched herself to becoming one of the best female lyricists to touch the microphone.Hailing out of Oakland, Queen Deelah’s grace and class fills in the void for the under represented female MC in Bay Area Hip- Hop. Her music often reflects on the social ills while also putting out uplifting songs that promote love and romance, and a positive vision for a healthy society. http://www.myspace.com/queendeelah
Ras K’dee and Groundation Project
The six-member band lays down a relentless groove that’s a blend of hip-hop, reggae, ska, rap, salsa, and Native American chants, all accompanied by lyrics worthy of the finest spoken-word performance that call on a long list of civil rights heroes, from Cesar Chavez to Malcolm X and Jonathan Jackson, and addresses issues like native resistance, environmental pollution, and the corrosive affect of drug culture on disadvantaged communities, all the while encouraging listeners to dance and celebrate life. http://www.myspace.com/onestruggleband
Ras Terms is a Puerto Rican/Columbian artist seeking freedom, equality, justice, love and peace of mind by any means necessary…..an artist for the people and youth. Located in Oakland he contributes to the healing of others through his magnificent art. http://www.myspace.com/rasterms
New York born and Bay Area raised emcee Rico Pabon loves hip-hop and lives hip-hop. Creator of Louder Than Fiction of which he states “Was my answer to all of the glitter and gold fantasy rap that dominates the mainstream airwaves these days. I feel like there’s no balance in our music anymore. Everyone’s focused on selling “units” and ringtones and there are very few emcees willing to speak truth from the heart, with consciousness, for fear of being outcast, or maybe folks don’t give a shit about the present or future, or don’t believe that words and music have power to change people’s realities? For whatever reason, we’re out of balance.” http://www.myspace.com/ricopabon
Editor-in-Chief Vibe Magazine
Rocker-T,is an internationally-renowned, ground-breaking, and award-winning Reggae and World Music recording artist. He is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, DJ, performer, producer, MC, and his innovative and dynamic musical style of singing and chanting Ska, Reggae, and Hip-Hop is a musical amalgamation term that has come to be known as ‘sing-jay.’ http://rocker-t.com/
Whether singing the ancient Sanskrit mantras of India, the traditional folklore songs of South America, or performing his original works of divine inspiration, Shimshaiâ€™s music invokes a sentiment of ancestral devotion and a dedication to higher consciousness. A self-proclaimed seeker of truth, described by many as possessing the voice of an angel, Shimshai is gifted with the innate ability to deliver his message flawlessly in several languages; most profoundly the universal language of Love and Oneness. http://www.shimshai.com/
Stic.Man (Khnum Ibomu) is a rapper, activist and author known for his work as one half of the political hip-hop duo Dead Prez along with M-1. He is an award winning Hip Hop artist, producer, author and healthy lifestyle advocate. He has studied martial arts for many years and is passionate about running. Founder of The RBG Fit Club which is dedicated to health & fitness, along side his solo album “The Workout.” The Workout is motivational music relevant for all levels of sports and fitness training as well as personal disciplines such as running, yoga, martial arts, calisthenics, weight control, diet, self-healing, substance abuse recovery and more. http://www.rbgfitclub.com
Taina Asili y Banda Rebelde
Tem Blessed has been making socially conscious music for over ten years, a very renowned artist that has shared the stage with many music legends. He continues to elevate the underground Hip Hop scene as well as the youth, using his Hip Hop as a tool to educate, empower and inspire. As a Green for All Fellow, and a father of two he has been active in “Greening” New Bedford by coordinating youth energy Audits and retrofitting for YouthBuild New Bedford and making Sustainable Hip Hop music like the “Green Anthem” with 3rd Eye Unlimited. http://www.temblessed.com/
Van Jones is president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a pioneering initiative to restore good jobs and economic opportunity.
Van has a 15-year track record as a successful, innovative and award-winning social entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of three, thriving nonprofit organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and Green For All. He is the author of a New York Times best seller, The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs.
The World Economic Forum named Van a Young Global Leader in 2005. In 2008, Fast Company magazine said he had one of the 12 most creative minds on Earth. TIME magazine named Van a global environmental hero in 2008; it named him one of the “100 most influential people in the world” in 2009.
A Yale-educated attorney, Van worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House in 2009. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green recovery spending. A globally-recognized pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy, Van is one of America’s leading champions of smart solutions to create pathways out of poverty and rebuild America’s middle class. http://vanjones.net/
Wes Restless is a musician/designer, singer, a songwriter, an MC, and a producer. He has sung in choirs, played guitar funk bands, rapped in hip-hop crews, produced tracks for well respected emcees, acted as front man for soul bands, and has solidified his reputation as a go to hook man within hip hop circles He sings lead vocals for a soul band Dynamic Vibrations . http://wesrestless.com/
Wisdom is a Lyricist, Singer and innovator of inspiring conscious concepts through thought, word and sound. For the last decade Wisdom has been at the forefront of the West coast Conscious Urban music scene. Wisdom has been building his unique sound and message through a grass roots movement that is now being launched on a global level.
Zion I are a hip hop duo from Oakland, California. The duo consists of producer DJ AmpLive and MC Zumbi. The group is known to its followers for Amp’s futuristic production techniques, using a mix of live instrumentation and samples, and Zumbi’s positive and socially conscious lyrics. http://www.zionicrew.com
Organizations & Movements
350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Their online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries. 350 means climate safety. To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 392 parts per million to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number—it’s a symbol of where we need to head as a planet. http://www.350.org
Alliance For Climate Education (ACE)
Alliance For Climate Education (ACE) mission is to educate high school students on the science behind climate change and inspire them to take action to curb global warming.
ACE is committed to building a generational shift to solve climate change. We translate this lofty goal into tangible work through the ACE leadership ladder. By starting with education and small actions before moving up to major projects, ACE grooms leaders who are influencing peers and leading change. http://www.acespace.org
Ayahuasca.com is a multi-disciplinary project devoted to the Spirit Vine Ayahuasca (aya-soul/dead, wasca-vine/rope), and its home, the great forests of the Amazon. Ayahuasca is a medicinal tea prepared from Banisteriopsis Caapi, a jungle vine, found in the tropical regions of South America, often combined with other plants, commonly Chacruna/Rainha (Queen); Psychotria Viridis.
Ayahuasca has a rich legacy of associated traditions, myths, therapies, rituals and aesthetics, spanning from the primordial roots of the indigenous tribes of South America, to diverse syncretic spiritual movements emerging across the planet.
DQ University is a place for people to learn and practice the wholesome values of our ancestors while growing in personal skills and academic knowledge. The school’s primary purpose is to empower with education and inspiration the Native people indigenous to the area now called United States and in the spirit of our openhearted ancestors, people of all tribes and nations, north and south of U.S. borders and from around the world are welcome, respected and appreciated. Their vision is to be able to provide higher education accredited degrees in an environment that supports and enhances people’s connection to the cultural roots of Native American people by preserving indigenous languages, ethics and an intimate relationship with the natural world. DQ University will continue to inspire and empower people to live and share the ways that promote peace, balance and community well-being while excelling in advancing technologies, in a manner that respects the well-being of humanity and all of nature. http://dquniversity.org
Grind For the Green
Based in the Bay Area, the mission of Grind for the Green is to move young people of color from the margins to the epicenter of the environmental movement. G4G acts as a communicator of current environmental policy issues and sustainable lifestyle choices to diverse communities. As such, it represents a continuation of the environmental justice movement and its goals of empowering low-income disadvantaged communities to gain access to green economic resources and address environmental challenges. Our aim is to serve as the first step in a viable pathway of engagement and education on environmental issues by providing communities with the information and opportunities to set and achieve goals, be role models for their peers, make responsible consumer choices and pursue careers in the emerging green economy. http://www.grindforthegreen.com
The mission of the Hip Hop Caucus is to organize young people to be active in elections, policymaking and service projects. We mobilize, educate, and engage young people, ages 14 to 40, on the social, issues that directly impact their lives and communities. The Hip Hop Caucus works to improve the conditions of our communities by empowering young leaders and linking them to policymakers. From getting out the vote to working with the White House, Congress, State Houses, Mayors and City Councils, we push to create a better future for our country. http://hiphopcaucus.org
Iboga House prides itself on bridging the gap between the amazing Bwiti tradition (a thousand year old practice with Iboga from Gabon, Africa) and the people in the Western World that need Iboga so much. Bwiti holds ancient knowledge and practice of illness healing, awakening and safe practices with Iboga. All treatment and ceremony services at the Iboga House are provided in a retreat setting on a mountain top ranch in beautiful Costa Rica by Tenth generation Bwiti Shaman, Moughenda Mickala. He guides spiritual experiences, using Iboga, that evoke life changing transformation that can set you free from any type of Addiction, Health Problem, Emotional Trauma or to help you make a lifetime connection with spirits. http://ibogahouse.com
Inner City Muslim Action Network
Oasis Disc Manufacturing
P.E.A.C.E. (Plantary Elements Activating Conscious Evolution) Celebrates peace with fashion and original art.
Designer AndreasOne combines influences of ancient celtic and tribal designs with modern urban flavors, creating a unique, diverse style.
P.E.A.C.E. Fits uses fashion as media to encourage balance and celebrate interconnection and beauty of all things.
Each piece of original art is a prayer for peace and is designed to empower the individual, reflect a message of truth, and uplift consciousness. http://stores.peacefits.com/StoreFront.bok
Peyote is a small, spineless cactus that contains mescaline as its primary active chemical. It has a long history of use among the natives of northern Mexico and SW United States: http://www.erowid.org/plants/peyote/peyote.shtml
Planting Justice is a non-profit organization based in Oakland, CA dedicated to food justice, economic justice, and sustainable local food systems. We are the first organization of our kind to combine ecological training and urban food production with a grassroots door-to-door organizing model that will vastly increase our educational community outreach, help us to recruit volunteers, decentralize our fundraising sources, and provide local jobs that also train young community organizers. http://plantingjustice.org
Prison Radio’s mission is to challenge unjust police and prosecutorial practices which result in mass incarceration, racism, and gender discrimination by airing the voices of men and women victimized by an unjust criminal justice system. We believe that when a person’s humanity is recognized, the public is able to make more informed choices on the direction of public policy. We do this by bringing their voices into the public dialogue on crime and punishment.
RBG Fit Club
RBG FIT CLUB recognizes the urgency in our communities in general to revolutionize our priorities as it relates to health. Hip Hop and the Entertainment Industry, in particular, has been really hit hard from health issues and deaths. In just a few months since the release of his album, The Workout, Khnum “stic” Ibomu of dead prez and founder of the RBG FIT CLUB has touched hundreds of thousands of lives and has witnessed countless health and fitness transformational testimonies from around the globe: http://www.rbgfitclub.com
SPOKES empowers, engages, and employs youth through cycling and green industries that benefit the local community. By creating a new youth cycling industry which embodies youth skills development and green entrepreneurship, SPOKES guides each participant to improve their life and the health of our local and global environment. https://sites.google.com/a/richmondspokes.org/about
Sukyo Mahikari Centers for Spiritual Development is a nonprofit spiritual and community service organization with world headquarters in Takayama, Japan, and regional headquarters in Australia-Oceania, Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and North America. Sukyo Mahikari Centers for Spiritual Development teach the transmission of light energy that purifies the spiritual aspect of people and all things. http://www.sukyomahikari.org/index.html
Transition US is a nonprofit organization that provides inspiration, encouragement, support, networking, and training for Transition Initiatives across the United States. The Transition Movement is a vibrant, grassroots movement that seeks to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. It represents one of the most promising ways of engaging people in strengthening their communities against the effects of these challenges, resulting in a life that is more abundant, fulfilling, equitable and socially connected. http://www.transitionus.org/home
United Roots engages and empowers marginalized youth in socially innovative ways. They accomplish this by providing Arts and media training, instilling confidence and developing talents,career and workforce development, cultivating work and business skills, community engagement, building bridges to local organizations and employers,
wellness services, creating a safe, sustainable environment for youth to heal and grow. http://unitedrootsoakland.org