HOT 97’s weekly public affairs and news show, “Street Soldiers” hosted an awesome community event Saturday, Aug. 16 in Brooklyn Borough Hall. Hundreds of teens and community groups came together to promote nonviolence and enjoy live performances, food, raffles, and other activities in a family-friendly atmosphere.
Hosted by HOT 97 and FOX 5 news reporter Lisa Evers, “Street Soldiers” takes a look at the issues affecting New York and urban communities across the country. The show features guest interviews, on-scene reporting, and sheds light on serious topics such as teen pregnancy, gun violence, and drug abuse. The recent killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri – and the controversial response from the Ferguson Police Department – is evidence of the need for increased discussion regarding racial profiling, police-community relations, and other issues.
Saturday’s “Push 4 Peace Town Hall Show” was presented in conjunction with Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, and allowed community members to voice their opinion on gun and gang violence across the country, in New York, and in Brooklyn, and receive feedback from city officials on what they are doing to help end the killings.
HOT 97’s DJ Martian provided the sounds, and there were appearances by New York rappers Fat Joe, Murda Mook, and Maino, and performances by several indie music artists. Also in attendance were the crew of VH1’s “Black Ink,” “Love & Hip Hop” star Erica Mena, Brooklyn native and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Sebastian Telfair, and representatives from activist group Shoot Hoops Not Guns.
One lucky person won a free roundtrip flight to any Jet Blue destination, courtesy of the airline, and electronic company Monster was on site displaying their newest headphones and other audio products. Other sponsors of the free event included Washington Heights shoe retailer HypeFeet, YMCMB, UpperKutz Barbershop, Brooklyn’s Thee Seven Sister’s restaurant, photo booth rental company TapSnap, Coca-Cola, 3 in 1 Events, and Wayne Devonish and Julius Wilson of 500 Men Making a Difference.
The “Push 4 Peace Town Hall Show” was also supported by Guns Down, Life Up, Social Media for Kids, The Stop Bullying Project, Operation Hope, Put Down the Guns, the Chris S. Owens Foundation, GEMS, Lifebeat, Kinetic Fitness, MetroPlus Health Plan, Wheelchairs Against Guns, Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson, Councilman Jumaane Williams, Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Changes, Man Up! Inc., Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Everytown for Gun Safety, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, The Afrikan Village of New York City, and many, many others.