Two shows in May: Libation and Bowery Poets Cafe:
June Art Shows:
" SOUL MUSIC ICON BILAL TO HEADLINE LADIES LOVE NYC’S FIRST ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO
HIP-HOP AND AUTISM AWARENESS FUNDRAISER
All Female Talent Collective Collaborates with World Renowned Artists to Serve as a Catalyst for Change
New York, NY (May 19, 2009) – Statistics now point to one in 150 children, or one child every 20 minutes, being diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, making it more prevalent than pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. The exact numbers of those diagnosed are uncalculated. However, Ladies Love NYC is determined to reach each and every local individual who is living with Autism, to ensure that those affected by ASD are receiving the support and education they need to thrive.
In partnership with Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, Ladies Love NYC is hosting its First Annual Tribute to Hip-Hop and Autism Awareness Fundraiser on Thursday, June 4th, 2009 from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Brooklyn’s South Paw, 125 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Admission is $8 in advance with RSVP and $12 at the door.
“It seems that only families with high incomes get an opportunity to really help their autistic kids,” said independent recording artist, Bilal. “Resources are needed that are accessible to everyone regardless of income levels and status,” he continued.
The evening will include a high-energy b-girl and house battle/dance performance judged by Renegade (RSC) and FlyLadyDi. Guests will enjoy a DJ exhibition, and The Igmar Thomas & The Cypher featuring Bilal, US Hip-Hop Ambassador Toni Blackman, Invincible, and Nicki Guiland (Heavy) performing old school hip-hop and break classics. Art enthusiasts will have an opportunity to participate in the highly anticipated silent auction of graffiti and Hip-Hop inspired art and photography by internationally recognized talents like MarthAlicia, Mike Schreiber, and Noelle Theard. Ladies Love NYC will donate a portion of the door’s proceeds and 30% of the auction’s final bid to Autism Speaks.
“Autism Speaks NYC Walk is excited that Ladies Love NYC are promoting autism awareness in the New York City communities through music. Music of any kind; classical, hip-hop, rock, jazz can get anyone in a happy mood but for those that are on the autism spectrum, it can be a way to communicate and learn,” said Jena Greco, Autism Speaks NYC/NNJ Walk Director.
About Ladies Love NYC:
A collective of women in the arts raising awareness of issues affecting our communities and lives while creating a positive platform for other females.
Ladies Love NYC is an all female collective founded by Mary Pryor of We Fancy Agency that currently consists of: Laurie Markiewicz (Event Producer, Arise Collective), Tchaiko Omawale (My Fave Things), Meghan Stabile (Revive Da Live), DJ Brina Payne (GakCity), Lauren Lissette, Kristina Marino (Vibe), Nakia Booth (Sugatreats Radio/DMS Country) and Boyuan Gao (Beyond Race Magazine/Arise Collective).
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The prevalence of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
About Autism Speaks:
Autism Speaks is the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks funds more than $30 million each year in new autism research, in addition to supporting the Autism Treatment Network, Autism Genetic Resource Exchange, Autism Clinical Trials Network, Autism Tissue Program and a range of other scientific and medical programs. Notable awareness initiatives include the establishment of the annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and an award-winning, multi-year national public service advertising campaign with the Ad Council. Autism Speaks’ family services efforts include the Autism Video Glossary, a 100 Day Kit for newly-diagnosed families, a School Community Tool Kit and the distribution of community grants to local service providers. Its government relations department, through its Autism Votes initiative, has played a critical role in securing federal legislation to advance the federal government’s response to autism, and has successfully advocated for insurance reform to require insurers to cover medically necessary autism therapies. Each year, Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising events are held in more than 70 cities across the country, as well as Canada and the United Kingdom. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org."