“Peace Week” In Honor Of MLK January 18, 2010

mlkA number of influential hip-hop artists joined New York Governor David Patterson Friday, January 15, to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Rap mogul Russell Simmons, Hip-Hop pioneer Eric B. of Eric B. and Rakim, Salt of female of rap’s most successful girl group Salt-N-Pepa and the real Avon Barksdale will appear in Queens with activist Erica Ford and Gov. Patterson to launch “Peace Week.”

The Governor and the celebrity rappers will use their influence to call for peace and unity in the streets and amongst the youth. “We lost to many to senseless violence. Martin Luther King called for non-violence and peace,” Life Camp/Peace Week Founder Erica Ford told AllHipHop.com. “[It’s] time to ‘Bury Da Beefs’ and live at least a week of it in his [MLK’s] memory.”

“Peace Week” launched January 15th and ends January 22nd in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, a civil rights activist who encouraged non-violent protest as a means to bring forth social change. Various events will take place in different boroughs throughout the week, including a celebration for MLK at Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and a “Teen Peace Party” in Jamaica, Queens.

Mojofiti Names Afrika Bambaataa to Its Board of Directors   January 18, 2010

abColorado’s Mojofiti Inc. — an online service that translates web material into the user’s language — has named hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa to its board of directors. Bambaataa is consider one of the founders of hip-hop music and culture. He was a popular DJ in New York’s south Bronx in the late 1970s and early ’80s, releasing influential recordings that helped give rise to various rap, dance and electronica music styles.

“As we further develop our plans to expand Mojofiti on a global basis, we are focused on ensuring the leadership of our company is comprised of global thinkers and people who can make an impact on an international scale,” Mojofiti co-founder Dennis Wakabayashi said in a statement Monday. “Afrika’s worldly views and incredible career spent reaching people across borders with new cultural expressions and messages of peace makes him an ideal fit for our board of directors. Afrika is truly an inspiration to us all.”

Mojofiti’s free blog platform and social network translate website material to the language to which the reader’s Internet browser is set. Mojofiti.com translates the 27 languages most commonly used online and plans to expand on that number, company officials said in a November 2009 interview.