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10 Days. 10 Shows. The 10 Most Segregated Cities in the United States. Featuring Jus Rhyme and Mayda.

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The Segregated City Tour with Jus Rhyme
(jusrhyme.com) and Mayda (mayda.us). 10 Shows. 10 Days. The 10 Most Segregated Cities in the United States. Props: iamkidfresh.com | adamjdunn.com

12/8 - Los Angeles, CA @ Chuco Justice Center +
12/10 - Milwaukee, WI @ Brewing Grounds for Change
12/11 - Chicago, IL @ Green Mill Jazz Club
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12/12 - Detroit, MI @ East Bar +
12/13 - Cleveland, OH @ The Root Cafe +
12/14 - Buffalo, NY @ The Tudor Lounge +
12/15 - New York, NY @ Third Eye (Sol)lation
12/17 - Philadelphia @ The Rotunda
12/18 - Cincinnati, OH @ Habit's Cafe
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12/19 - St. Louis, MO @ Historic Crossroads +
12/20 - Des Moines, IA @ Billy Joe's Lounge + *
12/21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Palmer's Bar
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+ WITH MAYDA
BONUS SHOWS


OVERVIEW

The last U.S. Census offered a stark reminder of how separated Americans still are. Cities are increasingly segregated by class and color – highways and fiber optic cables act as the new railroad tracks, marking geographic distinctions between moneyed and poor, white and of color. At the same time, musical culture continues to cross and break these barriers, even as it reinforces them. After live shows, people return to their respective communities which are often resourced, funded, and policed very differently.

The burgeoning #OccupyRacism movement, in solidarity with #OccupyWallStreet and #OccupyTogether, knows this and is seeking to link racial justice with economic justice, and to unite poor and working-class white people and people-of-color in a common struggle for better social services, better schools, better jobs, better healthcare, better housing, better food, better justice system, better government and much, much more. The Segregated City Tour with Jus Rhyme and Mayda is an effort to go national with this message while at the same time honoring, supporting, and inspiring local manifestations of this movement.

THE ARTIST

Few artists dare to openly discuss, let alone plan a tour around, class and race dynamics that play quietly in the background of their nightly sets. Enter Jus Rhyme (jusrhyme.com), an unabashed hip-hop artist, community organizer, and Ph.D. who was born in the 70s, raised during Reganomics and NAFTA, and came-of-age during 9/11 and the War on Terror. This Ph.D./MC boasts industry credentials including MTV, NBC, ABC, VH1,and the Associated Press, but for this tour he is going consciously grassroots. With one Black man in the White House, 1 out of every 6 people across race in the Poor House, and 1 out of every 100 people in the Big House, Jus seeks to make sense of our collective struggles and relationships across race and class, through music. His offering: The Segregated City Tour: 10 Shows. 10 Days. The 10 Most Segregated Cities in the United States. Funded by people like you, this tour is truly of, by, and for the people.

THE TOUR

Join Jus Rhyme (jusrhyme.com) and Mayda (mayda.us) this December 2011 as they rap, sing, talk, blog, film, tweet, and status update their way across the United States’ inner cities, suburbs, and #Occupy sites in their version of The People’s CNN: a real-time documentation of the ideas, institutions, and musics that divide us and bring us together. To accompany the tour, Jus will be releasing The Segregated City EP, a collaborative album that brings together his beat-driven musings, reflections, and letters about this segregated city we know as America. Local organizations working on economic and racial justice issues will join the tour, and commemorative T-shirts and other merchandise will be exclusively available on select tour dates to help fund the tour and to support social justice projects in the various cities. Will you make a pledge today to support the tour?

WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES

One day of a tour van rental - $50
One night at a motel - $40
One day of gas for the van - $30
One demo package for venue bookers - $20
One healthy meal on the road  - $10
One six-pack of stage water - $5

Total costs:
+ Tour van rental for 10 days - $500
+ Motel accommodations for 10 nights - $400
+ Food on the road for 10 days - $300
+ Gas for 10 days - $300
+ Show flyers and publicity materials - $300
+ Demo packages for venue bookers- $200
= $2000

FAQ

  • We want to meet the people halfway. 50/50 split. Like communism. :)

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  • The first $600 will go towards a film crew to document the entire tour in high-definition, and to release a mini-documentary of the tour.

    The next $600 will go towards the next tour that we're planning for the spring. If you thought this one was a doozy, just wait...

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  • Donate to the tour at one of the pledge levels on the right, and receive amazing rewards in exchange. Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. Tell all your family and friends. Tell your local media and local promoters about us. Come to the shows!

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  • Your pledge is only charged if we reach the $1000. If we don't raise the money, you lose nothing except being part of a ground-breaking tour.

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  • Yes! We are looking for free places to stay in each of the tour cities: Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo, New York, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, St. Louis. If you live in one of the those cities, or have friends we might stay with, please let us know. We are quiet, discrete, polite, and have our own sleeping bags. :) Email: manager@jusrhyme.com

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