2nd Annual Living Word Festival, Oakland, CA
Posted Oct 20 2008
This event reminded me of why hip hop is so important to my life and why I've made Oakland home. Free performances by three of my favorite performers-Mos Def, Goapele, and Los Rakas-would've been enough, but the Scraper Bike Expo, Graffiti Battle (sponsored by Samurai Graphix), Hood Games skate competition, and all around good vibes put this festival over the top. Youth Speaks was behind the eco-friendly festivities, while other performers included DJ Leydis, and Urban Word NYC as Marc Bamuthi Joseph hosted. In case we need more, Natural Builders constructed bamboo installations to educate folks on sustainability issues and I saw people ranging from Desi of The Weekend Wake Up to youth from Visual Elements to Sincere Justice mingling in the crowd.