When Ietef Vita, aka DJ Cavem Moetavation, recently turned up on Ugandan national television, he introduced the African nation to Denver's most dedicated "OG" -- an organic gardener -- on a mission to green the block. Visiting as a Bold Food fellow, the northeast-Denver-reared hip-hop artist spoke about the issues nearest to his heart and his art: the dearth of healthy food in urban "food deserts," sustainable living and the joys of veganism.
Today, Vita brings the good, green word to the Brown Suga Youth Festival, an all-day empowerment event designed to elevate the consciousness of Denver's young Gs. Using hip-hop as a lens for discussion and activities, the Fest will introduce concepts like holistic health, alternative medicine, gardening and intentional community.
"The theme is 'mentally edible conscious hip-hop and natural remedies,'" says Vita. "I want these young participants to become aware of products and ideas of the independent, holistic community of hip-hop versus those of the mass media."
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And while Vita's top goal is to spark awareness and action in communities of color, Brown Suga is free and open to all. The sweet action takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Crossroads Theater, 2590 Washington Street. Visit www.brownsugayouthfest.com for more information.
Sat., April 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 2012