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Hip Hop Artist 24 Hrs & Friends Unite at the Roxy

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — Hip Hop artist, 24 Hrs stopped by The Roxy Theatre on Friday, August 23, and Twenty surely did not disappoint his audience. The Atlanta based rap artist put on an intimate performance while being accompanied with special guests; such as, Niko G4, IAMSU!, Casey Veggies, Kyle, MadeinTYO, PNB Rock, Hit-Boy, Dom Kennedy and many more. Nonetheless, don’t confuse Twenty with all the hype. The 28-year-old rapper has showcased his versatility creating hit songs like “What You Like” featuring Ty Dolla Sign and Wiz Khalifa, or being featured on acclaimed electronica producer RL Grime’s song “UCLA.”

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Hip Hop Artist 24 Hrs (Photo by: lasentinel.net)

By Bertram Keller

Hip Hop artist, 24 Hrs stopped by The Roxy Theatre on Friday, August 23, and Twenty surely did not disappoint his audience. The Atlanta based rap artist put on an intimate performance while being accompanied with special guests; such as, Niko G4, IAMSU!, Casey Veggies, Kyle, MadeinTYO, PNB Rock, Hit-Boy, Dom Kennedy and many more. Nonetheless, don’t confuse Twenty with all the hype. The 28-year-old rapper has showcased his versatility creating hit songs like “What You Like” featuring Ty Dolla Sign and Wiz Khalifa, or being featured on acclaimed electronica producer RL Grime’s song “UCLA.”

24 Hrs and Dom Kennedy perform “Black Out!” (Photo by: lasentinel.net)

24 Hrs and Dom Kennedy perform “Black Out!” (Photo by: lasentinel.net)

At the start of the show, Twenty makes his way through clashes of people backstage; finally, composing himself front stage. The crowd almost immediately draws in closer with anticipation. Spectators reach out to touch him; in a way, thanking Twenty for the energy that is infused through unique sound. Dedicated fans stand and watch for his next move; ready to rage and reciprocate all the energy that fills the room. Still, how will Twenty start the show?

Twenty spent much of his career creating his sound in Atlanta; though, he is originally from the bay area (Oakland, Ca). Formerly known as Royce Rizzy, Twenty jumped from American rapper, Lil Scrappy’s record label G’s Up to record executive, Jermaine Dupri’s record label So So Def Recordings. With his rich history of working with the top minds in Hip Hop, it is no coincidence that Twenty has developed the lyrical prose to work with a variety of artists. From his early years, Twenty has evolved from raspy street raps to melodic high octave singing, which became an accepted surprise for those who follow the young artist’s career.

Twenty starts his set telling production to “Cut off the lights,” initiating fans to further surrender to the intimacy of the moment. The overflow of energy spills over, in which commands the audience to forget personal troubles and become aware of the present moment in time. This exchange of unity from Hip Hop fans and fellow artists is a beautiful thing to witness. Today’s Hip Hop artists are frequently uniting through music, in which it ratifies creators to learn and evolve much faster. Whether they’re evolving through their music or their individuality of appearance, this particular climate of Hip Hop further generates its popularity from accepting supporters as individuals.

24 Hrs and (brother) Madeintyo share the stage. (Photo by: lasentinel.net)

24 Hrs and (brother) Madeintyo share the stage. (Photo by: lasentinel.net)

Twenty recently signed a partnership deal with Rostrum Records in late April, concurrently releasing his club record, “Back Out” featuring Ty Dolla Sign and Dom Kennedy. Twenty’s melodic vocals, with Ty Dolla Sign’s flawless harmonies, followed by Dom Kennedy’s fueled lyrical arrangement make for a great summertime song for listeners to enjoy. The “Back Out” music video also shows a cameo from comedian, Anthony Anderson as a homeowner in apprehension of Twenty throwing an outrageous party.

The Roxy acted as a harbor so to speak, collecting and cascading wavy sounds from the mind of Twenty and friends; thus, making it a most memorable night for fans! In support, fans gathered with the foresight of surprise performances and witness the creative energy felt through sound waves.

This article originally appeared in The Los Angeles Sentinel.

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Fighting an Unjust System, The Bail Project Helps People Get Out of Jail and Reunites Families

In addition to posting bail at no cost to the person or their family, The Bail Project works to connect its clients to social services and community resources based on an individual’s identified needs, including substance use treatment, mental health support, stable housing and employment.

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Adrienne Johnson, the regional director for The Bail Project, told NNPA’s Let It Be Known that the organization seeks to accomplish its mission one person at a time.
Adrienne Johnson, the regional director for The Bail Project, told NNPA’s Let It Be Known that the organization seeks to accomplish its mission one person at a time.

Hundreds of thousands of individuals locked up in jails almost daily — many find it challenging to pay bail

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
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As public support for criminal justice reform continues to build — and as the pandemic raises the stakes higher — advocates remain adamant that it’s more important than ever that the facts are straight, and everyone understands the bigger picture.

“The U.S. doesn’t have one ‘criminal justice system;’ instead, we have thousands of federal, state, local, and tribal systems,” Wendy Sawyer and Peter Wagner found in a study released by the nonprofit Prison Policy Initiative.

Together, these systems hold almost 2 million people in 1,566 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 2,850 local jails, 1,510 juvenile correctional facilities, 186 immigration detention facilities, and 82 Indian country jails, as well as in military prisons, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons in the U.S. territories,” the study authors said in a press release.

With hundreds of thousands of individuals locked up in jails almost daily, many find it challenging to pay bail.

Recognizing America’s ongoing mass incarceration problem and the difficulties families have in bailing out their loved ones, a new organization began in 2018 to offer some relief.

The Bail Project, a nationwide charitable fund for pretrial defendants, started with a vision of combating mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system.

Adrienne Johnson, the regional director for The Bail Project, told NNPA’s Let It Be Known that the organization seeks to accomplish its mission one person at a time.

“We have a mission of doing exactly what we hope our criminal system would do: protect the presumption of innocence, reunite families, and challenge a system that we know can criminalize poverty,” Johnson stated.

“Our mission is to end cash bail and create a more just, equitable, and humane pretrial system,” she insisted.

Johnson said The Bronx Freedom Fund, at the time a new revolving bail fund that launched in New York, planted the seed for The Bail Project more than a decade ago.

“Because bail is returned at the end of a case, we can build a sustainable revolving fund where philanthropic dollars can be used several times per year, maximizing the impact of every contribution,” Johnson stated.

In addition to posting bail at no cost to the person or their family, The Bail Project works to connect its clients to social services and community resources based on an individual’s identified needs, including substance use treatment, mental health support, stable housing and employment.

Johnson noted that officials created cash bail to incentivize people to return to court.

Instead, she said, judges routinely set cash bail well beyond most people’s ability to afford it, resulting in thousands of legally innocent people incarcerated while they await court dates.

According to The Bail Project, Black Americans are disproportionately impacted by cash bail, and of all Black Americans in jail in the U.S., nearly half are from southern prisons.

“There is no way to do the work of advancing pretrial reform without addressing the harmful effects of cash bail in the South,” said Robin Steinberg, Founder, and CEO of The Bail Project.

“Cash bail fuels racial and economic disparities in our legal system, and we look forward to supporting the community in Greenville as we work to eliminate cash bail and put ourselves out of business.”

Since its launch, The Bail Project has stationed teams in more than 25 cities, posting bail for more than 18,000 people nationwide.

Johnson said the organization uses its national revolving bail fund, powered by individual donations, to pay bail.

The Bail Project has spent over $47 million on bail.

“When we post bail for a person, we post the full cash amount at court,” Johnson stated.

“Upon resolution of the case, the money returns to whoever posted. So, if I posted $5,000 to bail someone out, we then help the person get back to court and resolve the case,” she continued.

“The money then comes back to us, and we can use that money to help someone else. So, we recycle that.”

Johnson said eliminating cash bail and the need for bail funds remains the goal.

“It’s the just thing to do. It restores the presumption of innocence, and it restores families,” Johnson asserted.

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PRESS ROOM: EPA Administrator Regan to Join Leaders of Civil Rights, Environmental Justice Movement for Significant Announcement in Warren County, North Carolina

NNPA NEWSWIRE — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan will be joined by significant figures from the civil rights and environmental justice movements, including Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association and other participants from the original Warren County protests for the event.
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Administrator to honor legacy of environmental justice and civil rights at event in Warren County, site of protests that launched the movement 40 years ago

WASHINGTON (September 22, 2022) – On Saturday, September 24, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan will travel to Warren County, North Carolina to deliver remarks on EPA’s environmental justice and civil rights priorities and the progress we’ve achieved since the first protest and march that launched the movement 40 years ago this week. Administrator Regan will make a significant announcement on President Biden’s commitment to elevate environmental justice and civil rights enforcement at EPA and across the federal government and ensure the work to support our most vulnerable communities continues for years to come.

Administrator Regan will be joined by significant figures from the civil rights and environmental justice movements, including participants from the original Warren County protests for the event.

Who:
EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan
Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01)
Environmental Justice and Civil Rights Leaders
Warren County residents and community leaders
Additional stakeholders

What: Remarks on EPA environmental justice and civil rights priorities and honoring the legacy of the environmental justice and civil rights movement
When: Saturday, September 24, 2022,
Doors Open: 11:30 AM ET
Program: 12:45 PM ET
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Where: Warren County Courthouse
109 S Main Street
Warrenton, NC 27589
Livestream: A livestream of this event will be available at epa.gov/live.

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September 26 | Governance at the Local Level | The Conversation with Al McFarlane

Join Al McFarlane (Host), Brenda Lyle-Gray (Co-Host) and Special Guest Co-Host Diana Hawkins, Executive Director for …
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Join Al McFarlane (Host), Brenda Lyle-Gray (Co-Host) and Special Guest Co-Host Diana Hawkins, Executive Director for …

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