Local High School Wins National Hip-Hop Championship

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The Todd Beamer High School dance team took first place in the Championship large hip-hop division at last weekend’s USA National Competition in Anaheim, California. Dancers from across the country competed, and the Titans’ early morning performance earned them a place in the finals along with two other teams.

Their outstanding show as finalists that evening led to their first-place championship win.Beamer point

This is the first national championship for the team, and it’s a big win for a Titans dance team that has placed second and third in prior competitions.

“We’re excited to bring home this championship title to Federal Way and Todd Beamer High School,” said coach Valicia Valiani. “The team has worked hard this year and deserves this win and national recognition.”

Beamer Kiel groupThe win in California makes the team undefeated this year as they head into the state championship competition this weekend in Yakima.

Their season tops off with the team’s 13th annual dance showcase, the Beamer Breakdown, on May 6-7 at Todd Beamer High School (35999 16th Ave. S., Federal Way).

The Todd Beamer High School Dance Team holds eight state championship titles.

The 24-member team is coached by Valiani. The assistant coach is Teddy Bakke, and team captains are Josh Moran, Layne Hardin and Natalie Smith. The team’s hip-hop routine this year is choreographed by Daniel Cruz.

In addition to performing in local and national competitions, the team has performed at half-time during a Seahawks game, participates in the local dance community and performs at school and community sports events and activities.

Beamer Breakdown

Originally Published at “http://www.federalwaymirror.com/community/373593461.html#”

If You Have One Of These Old Seattle Rap Albums It May Be Worth Thousands!

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ESBMay 29, 2016. Got old Seattle rap albums collecting dust on a shelf somewhere? Maybe you already reclaimed the space and they’re sitting in an attic long-forgotten. Hopefully you didn’t throw them out, though, as it turns out there might be quite the market for some old Seattle Rap records. Modern engineering practice for music releases and re-releases tends to include adding or editing the original playlist from the original album version. While some people (squares) don’t mind or even enjoy these changes, real Seattle OG’s believe the original cut is worth spending the additional cheddar.

This translates to listings on eBay for certain Rap records at astronomical prices. It’s unknown if these early Seattle Rap albums will reach the level of other Seattle musician’s such as Patrinell Staton’s “Little Love Affair” which sold for $3500; but we’ve seen several Seattle Rap albums such as original copies of the Emerald Street Boys early releases and Sir Mixalot’s early Nastymix singles regularly going for $500 – $1000. It is believed that Indie Seattle Rap records in particular might be valuable to collectors for other reasons. Local DJ and Hip Hop Icon JP Scratches says “Early Seattle Rap LP’s are a rarity. Finding an early eighties cassette tape from Seattle is hard enough; but finding records is nearly impossible.” Because of this, certain Seattle Rap collectors are convinced that these LP RECORDS are worth something.”

Seattle Rap Ebay

According to Seattle Hip Hop Historian and Legendary DJ Mr. Supreme, the “white-whale” of Seattle Rap is the rumored 2-copy pressing by Sir Mixalot contemporary “Baron Von Scratch”. If one of these copies was to ever surface there is no telling what sort of numbers the bidding might reach.

Chilly UPtownOn the hot investment list are pre-1992 LP Records by Seattle Rap Artists the Emerald Street Boys, Sir Mixalot (Nastymix label), Incredicrew featuring Chelley Chelle, Chilly Uptown, High Performance, Criminal Nation, Kid Sensation, and Moving Target featuring David Toledo/Dawny Toledo/Esera Mose.

While it’s possible some Rap records are indeed worth quite a bit, you may also be able to find some of the more heavily produced (aka successful) artist material (Such as Sir Mixalot, Edawg, and Kid Sensation) at a very reasonable price.

LIKE THIS? YOU MAY WANT TO VISIT “DEEPEST ROOTS, 30 YEARS OF HIP HOP IN SEATTLE

https://kingcountynews.org/2014/11/11/deepest-roots-30-years-of-hip-hop-in-seattle/

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE! THE LION KING COMES TO WEST SEATTLE

 

 

Unified Outreach Lion King Stage

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE! THE LION KING COMES TO WEST SEATTLE

By JP Scratches

May 21, 2016- The beloved children’s classic “the Lion King” came to life in West Seattle this weekend as the Lafayette Theater Group gave a 3-night performance featuring over 70 students in unique make-up and designer costumes.

Directed by Joel Oltyan (with Assistant Director Diana Toledo-Palmer), and choreographed by Linda Filley Bentler; the show was a magical combination of beautifully delivered musical numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy, heartbreaking drama, and a stand up and shout inspirational finale.Zaz Raf

We are first introduced to Eliose Perkins who was perfectly cast as the quirky shaman Rafiki; who along with her sidekick Brennan Ryan, leads a 40 person plant and animal ensemble in a wonderfully choreographed opening number.

Unified Outreach Lion King Mufasa SimbaThe scene moves quickly from inspiration and heartwarming wonder to drama and suspense as Savannah Faber delivers a masterful performance as the villainous Scar, playing opposite of Mac Davido whose portrayal of the heroic Mufasa brought to the stage strength, confidence, and a lion’s roar that sent shivers down my spine. Joining these two artistic powerhouses was a stand-out performance by Jordan Palmer, who absolutely shined as King Mufasa’s advisor; the wonderfully witty Zazu. Jordan brought a sharp wit and great delivery to multiple scenes throughout the play and looked absolutely radiant adorned in a beautiful blue outfit which seemed to glow from the stage.

Scar Cave HyenasScar’s pack of hideous hyena’s are a joy to watch; as no group of scheming scoundrels has ever been so much fun! Riley Shipps, Frances Laughlin, Celeste DeRonghe, Austin Higgins, Cooper Guidry, and Lachlan Swanson work wonderfully together and would be hilarious in a hyena’s spin-off performance. Each actor brings confidence and charisma to the criminally callous cur! Wickedly delicious!Unified Outreach Lion King Backstage

Young Simba and Young Nala are played by Santi Cortez and Emily Oltyan who are adorable as best friends looking for adventure. Santi brings the bright-eyed wonder of Simba to life with wonderful musical performances and great interaction with both Mufasa and Nala. Emily Oltyan delivers a sassy, scene stealing performance which plays perfectly against Santi’s character.

Lion King Lionesses Unified OutreachThere was also a quiet beauty and calm confidence brought to the stage by Sarabi and the Lionesses; who float across the stage with the strength and power of a true pride. Adorned in flowing gowns, veils, and jewelry worthy of queens. This group of actresses are fierce and formidable, and took command of the stage with striking movements and poses. Outstandingly played by Avery Darwin, Audrey Quinn, Juliana Shilipeter, Grace Bodensteiner, Myah Arrington, Jasmine Brathwaite, Anna Clark, Ellie Gunlogson, Millie Hanson, Zhaiarah Holiday, Lucy LeBaron, Sophia Litton, Lola Personett, Audrey Quinn, Brooke Swanson, and Olivia Walum.

Hannah Bonsack gives a great portrayal of the older, teen-aged Simba, who is unsure of himself, but wants to do what’s right; still needing a little encouragement from Nala (now played by Kendall Horgan). These two do an excellent job of character development and the coming-of-age transition of Simba as he fights through his insecurities to become the rightful king; and share a beautiful musical duet along the way.

Pumba crew dance 2Stella Allen, Daisy Crabtree, and Rylee Malloy fired up the crowd as Timon, Pumbaa, and Jina (Simba’s friends). These three bring an incredible combination of comedy, talent, and energy that had me wanting to get on stage. They looked like they were having so much fun I wanted to join in!

The show was amazing from start to finish, with scenes flowing seamlessly thanks to the stage direction of Genevive Kostic and Kaya Hubbard; culminating in a 70+ on-stage student finale. The sheer amount of work put into the creation of the over 70 unique costumes is awe-inspiring. Designer Naomi Hayland, along with Kristi Brown, Jill Amsberry, and Nita Gillenwaters should be proud of what they have accomplished. With the artistry of Alexis Allen adding the finishing touches to each character with fun make-up designs individualized for each animal.

There is no doubt that we will see many of these young actors move on to greater roles as many have already mastered character physics, stage presence, and a wonderful command of comedy, drama, and action.

Great job Joel Oltyan and team! Thank you for allowing us to share in such a wonderful event!

Lion King Joel Oltyan Collage

 

 

 

 

Animating Cartoons Summer Day Camp In West Seattle

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Animating Cartoons Summer Day-Camp for ages 9-14 (West Seattle)

Unified Outreach @ Ginomai Art Center in West Seattle provides a unique Summer Day-Camp option for Parents who are interested in seeing their child attain a stronger grasp of Arts & Technology in a fun and exciting environment.

An average afternoon of Summer Day-Camp will include educational exercises embedded in fun games designed to encourage personal growth, positive self-esteem and team building skills. The day will also include physical activities and outdoor time (as weather allows) including lunch in the park. But the highlight of each day will be working on the creation of a personal cartoon-animation using the kids’ own ideas, stories, drawings and voices; of which they will have their very own DVD to show to friends and family.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Our students are coached by knowledgeable, skilled instructors who will work with the kids each step of the way; from story development, to character design, digital imaging, cartoon animation, and voice-overs using industry-level production software including Adobe Photoshop, Flash, Soundbooth, and more.

Day Camp dates are: June 23 –June 27 June 30 – July 4 (yes we are open on 7/4) July 7 – July 11

Doors open at 8:30am and close at 5:30pm – Parents may drop off their child at any time during operational hours. $200 per student/week. Unified Outreach is a 501C3 Youth Arts Charity which has been Active in Seattle for over 10 years.

Register at www.UnifiedOutreach.com or call 206-371-1139 for more information on our Charity and out Summer Art Programs.

We are located at 4401 42nd Ave SW, West Seattle, 98116.

 

NEW HEAT ALERT:DRAZE UNVEILS THE “SEATTLE SWEETIES” MUSIC VIDEO

Originally posted by BigBoss ENT on November 15, 2015 at 2:59pm

draze hatSEATTLE, WA (November 13, 2015) – Seattle rapper Draze is proud to unveil the music video for his latest single “Seattle Sweeties,” here. Directed by Atuanya Priester (A Real Grip), this video celebrates the beauty and diversity of style, of women in the Northwest. Draze explains, “I know women from all over the country; and I can truly say there is nothing like a Seattle Sweetie. This is my own way of saluting them. I hope this video captures a little bit of their mystique.”
In true Draze form “Seattle Sweeties” is more than just a song or video, but rather a movement. Draze partnered with cafe and bakery giant, Cupcake Royale to create six new cupcake flavors that are available from now through November 22, at each Cupcake Royale location. Among the flavors are: Choco Latte, Lemon Cherry Blossom, Chai Cinnamon, Banana Cream, Caramel Delight, and Vanilla Dream. Draze expounds, “It is fresh to see my city buzzing about this song, these cupcakes and the entire movement. I am hoping that the video can be the cherry on top.” A portion of the proceeds from each “Seattle Sweetie” cupcake sold goes to benefit survivors of domestic violence through partners at “Runway to Freedom.”
WHAT’S NEXT FOR DRAZE
With a ringing endorsement from Seattle native, Macklemore, Draze is bringing a wave of momentum into this musical fourth quarter. Recently Draze’s music was featured on Fox’s hit show, “Empire”, ESPN’s “Sports Center” and MTV. In addition, Draze’s hit street single, “The Hood Ain’t The Same” a song highlighting the effects of gentrification, was archived at the Museum of History and Industry during a ceremony lead by Mayor Ed Murray. Draze’s newest single, “Seattle Sweeties” is available online here as a free download. Draze is set to release his new Mixtape titled “Seattle’s Own” soon.
Draze Seattle Sweeties

“AVA GOES” ~ MOTHER/DAUGHTER WRITING TEAM RELEASES AUTISM-AWARENESS BOOK SERIES

September 22, 2015 – Autism is a brain disorder that is characterized by difficulties in some social interaction, difficulties in motor coordination, and sometimes repetitive behaviors.  But children with autism often excel in other areas; such as creative arts, visual skills, and mathematics.

Ava J. Clark, who was diagnosed with autism at age 2 1/2 is one of those gifted children, and along with her mother Alicia Coleman-Clark have decided to release a line of children’s books to encourage families who are also dealing with autism.

The “Ava Goes” series follows Ava on various adventures such as a trip to the dentist and to the beach.  These wonderful beginner books are fun to read aloud and makes a great bedtime story. We believe this series will soon to be a favorite among parents, beginning readers, teachers, and librarians.

Ave Book Tour

Alicia says that it’s her hope that Ava will continue to write these books and keep the series alive long after Alicia is gone.  Hopefully with Ava’s own children one day.

Ava and her mother are currently on a local book tour which most recently included the West Seattle Barnes & Noble.

Alicia is also working with families, teachers, and education systems as an advocate with hopes of developing lasting partnerships that involve bringing the Ava Goes series to elementary schools.

Recently, Ava also made an appearance in the “LOVE YOURSELF” anti-bullying song by KHARI (video link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21LHPg57nxg&feature=share)

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Alicia Coleman-Clark (and Miss Ava) can be reached at ARCC22@Aol.com

“Ava Goes” books can be ordered from http://www.avagoes.com/ and at bookstores everywhere.

Amazing list of honorees at the Robert Stephens, Jr. Awards ceremony

Awards winnerss June 20, 2015 Seattle’s Central District came together to celebrate long time advocates for youth, arts, social justice, and stronger neighborhoods; honoring some of Seattle’s most legendary names.

“We selected men who personally impacted us. The men in the room are the ledges whose shoulder we stand on.” Said Garfield Community Center Director Andre Franklin. Another member of the advisory committee stated that seeing so many true community leaders in one place left them “in awe”.

The event was birthed from a partnership between B.U.I.L.D. (Brothers United In Leadership Development), Unified Outreach, and the Garfield Community Center Advisory Board; along with Seattle Parks, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and 4Culture.

The event featured a full buffet spread with home style chicken, macaroni, greens, and corn bread. An incredible meal that in itself was worthy of celebration.pic food

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Vicious Puppies aka Dog Pound

Music and MC duties were provided by DJ Surreal (aka George Yasutake), and guests were treated to a gravity defying performance from one of Seattle’s hottest breakdance groups, the Vicious Puppies (aka Dog Pound). Last month the Vicious Puppies brought their dramatic stage presentation of “Black and Blue” to the Neptune Theatre. The play brings social conscience and race relations to the front lines with a true-to-life story based on actual events. The play has received great reviews and the group is looking to expand the touring calendar throughout the summer. The Puppies have also played the main stage at the Sasquatch tour and other large venue events and are quickly becoming one of Seattle’s most in-demand groups.

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James Hampton receives his award.

Award honorees included well known community leaders who have served the people of Seattle for decades; as well as shining stars actively making a difference today.

The event recognized Mike Yasutake, John Yasutake, Gregory Davis, Aaron Dixon, Elmer Dixon, Bishop Ray Rogers, Steve Sneed, James Hampton, Reco Bembry, Guy Davis, and Larry Evans.

Each award recipient was introduced by someone who had a personal story of how the award winner had impacted their life.  The microphone was then handed to the award winner who then shared their own story about who had most impacted them.  The ceremony was full of humor and laughter, as well as somber moments and tears of gratitude.

IMG_20150620_115319 The afternoon culminated with the honoring and awarding of the new Robert Stephens, Jr. Community Service plaque which will hang in the Garfield Community Center.

Robert Stephens, Jr. has been a fixture in Seattle’s Central District for over 35 years. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Stephens, Jr. began serving the community after completing his tour in 1968. Mr. Stephens, Jr. has a Masters Degree in Education Psychology, is a K-12 teacher and school counselor, and has worked with Seattle Public Schools, Langston Hughes Cultural Art Center, Neighborhoods House, and Washington State Reformatory.

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Robert Stephens, Jr.

Mr. Stephens, Jr. has been involved with a number of non-profit organizations and governmental advisory committees over the years; and has had a hand in the establishment of Odessa Brown Health Clinic, Madrona Dance Studio (now Spectrum), Medgar Evers Swimming Pool, and dozens of other programs that are now an established part of the community.

Mr. Stephens, Jr. has served as the President of the Central Area Neighborhood District Council; founded the Seattle Central Area Cultural Arts Commission, and helped in the creation of Homer Harris Park.IMG_20150620_115407

When presenting the award, Garfield Community Center Advisory Council Member David Toledo stated “When we began searching for someone that exemplified the community spirit; someone who was a true advocate for our youth, for the arts, and for the neighborhood; we all knew right away that it was time to honor Robert Stephens, Jr.”

-JP Scratches

Candidate David Toledo Releases The Greatest Campaign Commercial Ever

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Screen Shot from the David Toledo for City Council Cartoon. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVMUAhtkzb8

February 11, 2015 The campaign commercial announcing that David Toledo has joined the race for City Council is possibly the most creative and fun piece of campaigning we’ve ever seen.  The 1-minute throwback gives a nod to the batmanesque style of the 1960’s with a video that shows how a little creativity and a sense of humor can make even politics fun.

But don’t think of Toledo as all flash and no substance; it only takes a Google search or a visit to the www.WeVoteToledo.com website to see that Toledo has the small business, community advocacy, and public policy experience to make him a serious contender for the seat.

Toledo is joining an already crowded race in District 5, but Toledo does have the advantage of being the only candidate with a 40-year history of actually living in North Seattle.

David Toledo’s website gives a chronological account of his family’s community involvement during those 40-years, including his mother’s establishment of soup kitchens and a self-funded food bank to help North Seattle neighbors during the economic crisis of the late 70’s.   Also David’s founding of Unified Outreach in 1998, a charity which for the past 17 years has provided services to elder care centers, homeless shelters, and a variety of youth arts programs aimed at helping low income and at-risk youth.

In addition to his altruistic endeavors, Toledo works in the field of Low Income Public Housing as a member of OPEIU 8.  He recently had an article published on affordable housing in Seattle that you can see at https://kingcountynews.org/2015/02/05/the-affordable-housing-conversation-everyone-can-understand/

On the issues Toledo says “I love this district and all that it represents.  I want to see North Seattle thriving with job growth up and the crime rate down.  I want new businesses to open and flourish; able to provide much needed services without being strangled by unnecessary regulations.  I want local residents to have a shot at good jobs close to their homes by providing incentives for local hiring.  I want a transit system that meets the needs of commuters by examining alternative funding sources.  I want parks and lakes that are clean and whose waters are safe for swimming. I want our clean and swimmable Green Lake back!  We need an educational system that respects parents and that encourages our children to succeed.  And we must protect our most vulnerable by strengthening social service programs for veterans, seniors, and special-needs communities; and by ensuring affordable housing in our area.”

Other candidates for the position include Low Income Housing Institute recruiter Mercedes Elizalde, Planned Parenthood field organizer Halei Watkins, gun control activist Sanford Brown, and Mian Rice (the son of previous City Council Member/Ex-Mayor Norm Rice).

See the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVMUAhtkzb8

David Toledo Seattle City Council District 5

 

Hip Hop History, Creativity, and Diversity Celebrated at Washington Hall

November 28, 2014 ~ The timing was perfect as earlier this month Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed November as Washington State Hip Hop History Month; following the lead of Mayor McGinn and the Seattle City Council who in 2010 proclaimed November Hip Hop History Month in Seattle.

Washington Hall celebrated Hip Hop History with an all-star performance line-up of Seattle’s biggest names in rap music; along with some of the nation’s top break-dancers sharing the stage. Musical artists participating in a freestyle open-mic “cypher” included platinum selling artist E-Dawg, along with city favorites Suntonio Bandanaz, B-Ragg, Sammy Tekle, Ernesto Iraheta, and more!

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B-Ragg on the mic with David Toledo and Pablo D in back.

 

On stage were DJ’s Able Fader, Cues, Sureal, and A.C. who kept the place rocking from start to finish.

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Tamao George Yasutake aka DJ Sureal

There was a delicious potluck buffet and a toy drive to help the B.U.I.L.D. Seattle Christmas giving-tree.

The event was sponsored by 206 Zulu, Seattle City Breakers, Unified Outreach, and Studio Narvaez, in partnership with 4Culture and Rane. It was organized by Nathan (SireOne) Hivick and hosted by the North City Rockers Ernesto Iraheta and Pele’ Ross, along with the fabled Specs Wizard.

The event will be the last break-dance celebration at Washington Hall for the next nine months as the facility begins to undergo renovations to restore the historic building and the install a new elevator; allowing special needs and wheel-chair bound visitors to enjoy the facility without limitations.

The elevator installation will be a blessing to special-needs artists with limited mobility, such as 206 Zulu founder and President Danny (King Khazm) Kogita who has been in a wheelchair since childhood. Also other artists such as Clayton (B-Ragg aka C-Dogg) Bragg who has limited mobility due to cerebral-palsy.

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Edawg and Clayton (B-Ragg) Bragg

Clayton is a rapper from Lynwood, Washington who as has a video channel on YouTube which provides regular album reviews for NW CD releases. Clayton has been spending time in the studio and is expecting his album out in early 2015. It was after reviewing the E-Dawg CD “How Long” that Clayton was contacted with a special invitation to attend the November 28th performance as E-Dawg was headlining the event.

David Toledo (Unified Outreach) made all arrangements and acted as Clayton’s personal assistant throughout the evening; physically carrying the artist up 3 flights of steps to the performance hall and making sure that Clayton had full access to E-Dawg and the other artists as well as great seating for all performances.

“It was great having B-Ragg attend the event. He’s doing a lot with his video blog and he’s hard at work in the studio. The crowd really enjoyed hearing him rap tonight; and with his own album coming out we believe that one day he’ll be headlining one of the shows.” David Toledo said.

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E-Dawg, B-Ragg, and David Toledo

Clayton said he really enjoyed the show and is especially excited about the people he was able to meet in person including E-Dawg, Seattle City Breaker’s founder Carolos (Slam) Barrientes, King Khazm, and most importantly DJ Sire One and Pablo D who occasionally act as guest hosts on Boom Box Radio; a Everett-based rap program that broadcasts on Friday nights at 10pm on station KSER 90.7 Fm. Clayton is looking forward to having his new album break on the show.

The event was also attended by a bevy of local celebrities including Georgio Brown from Coolout Tv and Dave (Pablo D) from Studio Narvaez; the two partnered in October for a Hip Hop Celebration at the Experience Music Project (EMP). Also attending were TYRONE “the Working Class Hero” Dumas, members of the North City Rockers, the Vicious Puppies, Massive Monkees, Seattle City Breakers, Circle of Fire, and other famous groups.

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Breakdancer and MC Sammy Tekle

Highlights of the night were an all-girl breakdance cypher which saw the return of Seattle’s old school b-girls Amber Jamieson and Jojo Tabora-Dyckhoff to the dance floor; as well as a “Seniors Classic” which featured “Seattle’s first b-boy” Junior Alefaio.

Judges for the night included the incredible Rigo Jones, Seattle City Breakers founding father Carlos “Slam” Barrientes, and consummate b-boy Rafael Contreras.

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Old School Icon’s: (L-R) David Toledo, Donte Almenzor, Carlos Barrientes, Junior Alefaio, Raphael Contreras, Robert Farrell

Wrapping up the evenings events Sam “Preach” Dumas, founder of the (Masters of the Prep aka Party People in Action dance crew) issued a challenge to 1980’s dance rivals “the Ducky Boys” to meet at the same time next year for a “prep only” dance off; reviving a rivalry that goes back to 1985 and the Seattle Bandstand television show.   Will the Ducky Boys accept the challenge? We’ll know in exactly 12 months!

With construction estimated to take 9 months the event organizers hope that everything will be ready in time for the 2015 Hip Hop History Month celebration. Next year’s event promises to be on for the ages!

2015 JP Scratches

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