S2 Ep 14: Another Path w/ Jacqueline Patterson

While we are being killed by police and vigilante violence, we are also dying a death of a thousand cuts by pollution in our lungs. Corporations poison our air and water, violate our rules and laws hundreds of times over. But we are up against a three strikes and you’re out justice system. One out of every three Black boys born today can expect to go to prison in their lifetime, but polluters never end up behind bars. These are the realities of injustice in our country that Jacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, has been working to change for decades as a researcher, advocate, and activist. More at TheCoolestShow.com and @Think100Climate. #BlackLivesMatter #Think100

Hip Hop Caucus Statement on President Trump’s Dirty Water Rule

Washington D.C. – The Trump administration is finalizing a rule that is expected to remove federal protections on tens of millions of people’s drinking water supplies. In response to the news about this rule that will strip protections in the Clean Water Act, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President & CEO of Hip Hop Caucus, issued the following statement:

“Clean water is foundational to our communities, our livelihood, and our future. The dismantling of the Clean Water Act puts all of these at risk and further deepens the health and opportunity inequities facing our low-income and communities of color. Clean water is a basic human right and there are lawmakers on both sides of the aisle that have consistently recognized the value of federal protections to safeguard America’s clean water. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration’s Dirty Water Rule is nothing more than a gift to corporate interests who will continue to profit from exploiting our water resources and humanity for their own financial gain. It’s time to stand for our communities, our well-being, for equity, and stand against this threat that puts profits over people.”


Media Contact: Mark Antoniewicz | e: media@hiphopcaucus.com | p: 202-740-1177

About Hip Hop Caucus: Established in 2004, Hip Hop Caucus is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership and partnership network, Hip Hop Caucus addresses core issues impacting young people, underserved, and vulnerable communities. Hip Hop Caucus programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders. Learn more at HipHopCaucus.org and follow @hiphopcaucus on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Hip Hop Caucus hosting Comedy Show: “Ain’t Your Mama’s Heat Wave!” – Norfolk, VA – Nov 21, 2019


Live in Norfolk, Virginia
November 21, 2019
Attucks Theatre – 1010 Church St

AIN’T YOUR MAMA’S HEAT WAVE!” is a variety comedy show that will have you laughing, singing, and empowered to solve the climate crisis. 

Performers and comics are coming from across the country —  including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Atlanta — for this special night at the historic Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia.

The first of its kind commentary on the climate crisis, the 2020 elections, intersectionality, and power building, that is young and entertaining. The variety style show will include such elements as stand-up comedy, interviews, digital shorts, music and dance performances, and a DJ. The live show in Norfolk is being filmed as part of a movie production to be released with a streaming partner in 2020.

Check out who we are bringing to Norfolk

Performances from…

Antonique Smith – Grammy-Nominated Singer, as seen in Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix, and as Faith Evans in the film Notorious, co-host of Hip Hop Caucus’ Think 100% – “The Coolest Show on Climate Change”

Aminah Imani – Howard University Homecoming Show, Skankfest, Carolines March Madness Competition

Clark Jones – Named one of the 11 funniest comedians by BET. First of All Album (iTunes, Google Play, Spotify), HBO’s Crashing, Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

Kristen Sivills – Comedian and radio personality, StandUp NBC, Wendy Williams Comedy Tour, hailing from Virginia Beach!

Rev Yearwood – President & CEO of Hip Hop Caucus, as seen on The Breakfast Club, co-host of Hip Hop Caucus’ Think 100% – “the Coolest Show on Climate Change”

Plus Special Guests!

RSVP at NorfolkWave.Eventbrite.com and help spread the word by sending the link and flyer below to your friends, family, and network. This event is free and requires an RSVP due to limited capacity. Also be sure to dress to impress for on-camera and the red-carpet! 

Follow @Think100Show and @HipHopCaucus on social media, where we’ll be sharing content leading up, during, and after the show (IG / TW / FB). 

Also be sure to subscribe to “Think 100%, the Coolest Show on Climate Change” for everything you need to know about climate and environmental justice. We have 45+ episodes for you to binge listen on any of your favorite podcast platforms!

Hip Hop Caucus co-hosts Climate Justice-focused Cultural Center @ Climate Week NYC 2019

Hip Hop Caucus has teamed up with  If Not Us Then Who to host Our Village at Climate Week

NYC 2019! Our Village explores innovative solutions to the demands of indigenous peoples and communities of color to support locally driven action on the climate crisis, injustice, and inequality.

All around the world, local communities are responding to climate change with powerful resilience, innovative action, and a spirit that can profoundly impact our world. Our Village brings this spirit to New York City for Climate Week and invites people from all walks of life to belong to a community inspired by justice and our connection to the earth. We believe that by exploring creativity alongside ancestral and cultural wisdom, we can facilitate deep emotional connections, bringing together networks with new inspirational ideas.

This is the second annual Our Village — in 2018 we brought Our Village to the Global Climate Action Summit with much success and excitement. 

Our Village 2019 is presented by If Not Us Then Who and Hip Hop Caucus, in partnership with the Global Alliance of Territorial Authorities. In partnership with Area 52 D8, MescoAmerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB), Rainforest Foundation US, Amazon Watch, Rainforest Action Network, Amazon Frontlines, Pachamama Alliance, and Client Earth.

More information and a full schedule of events is available at OurVillage.us. #OurVillage

Also — on Friday, September 20 — we invite you to join us at Our Village for pre and post climate strike events! 

Strike With Us Gathering [9-11am] – RSVP

Join young leaders, Indigenous leaders, Climate Justice leaders, and climate strikers for a  gathering of fellowship, spiritual grounding, sign making, and media availability before taking to the streets in solidarity with those across the world. There will be sign making supplies, music, coffee, tea, and juice, and morning snacks. This is event is for all ages and RSVP is required. 

Worldwide Climate Strike! [Noon] – RSVP at StrikeWithUs.org

Climate Strike Celebration presented by Think 100% & Grist [6-10pm] – RSVP

Celebrate the youth-led Global Climate Strike, power of our movement, and hope for the future in an evening hosted by Think 100% co-hosts Antonique Smith & Rev Yearwood, There will be music, dancing, light snacks, and drinks, and special guests will be blessing us with brief remarks throughout the evening! This is event is for all ages and RSVP is required. 

Celebrate Hip Hop Caucus’ 15th Anniversary!

RSVP for the Party – Sept 14 in D.C.

Hip Hop Caucus started on September 11, 2004, when we held an event at Howard University that brought together Young People, Hip Hop Artists, Activists, and Members of Congress — igniting a force to speak truth to power in Washington D.C.  From there we took the mandate to build grassroots and cultural power across a multi-issue agenda with the mission to empower communities impacted first and worst by injustice.

Ticket stub from the first event, September 11, 2004, at Howard University.

To celebrate 15 years of Hip Hop Caucus, we’re throwing a party! If you are in Washington D.C. this weekend for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference (CBC ALC), join us for a celebration of this milestone Saturday night!

We are also co-hosting our 10th Hip Hop & Politics Braintrust with Rep. Andre Carson on Friday, which is always one of the most powerful and popular sessions at CBC ALC.

For 15 years we have organized, mobilized, and energized the movement across this country and world. 

Will you donate $15 for our 15 year anniversary?

At our very beginnings, we led in the recovery and fight for justice following Hurricane Katrina, sparking our leadership to solve the climate crisis for our communities. This has led to our bold and powerful climate work that is today ourThink 100% platform.

We stood up against unnecessary wars and corporate greed of the Bush Administration. And in 2008, we launched what is now the longest running, most successful Hip Hop voting campaign ever, Respect My Vote!

As a civil and human rights organization for the 21st century, for 15 years we have marched against injustices of police brutality, gun violence, voter suppression, economic and educational inequality, and a biased criminal justice system. But there’s  more than marching in protest. We advocate, organize, and build alliances for solutions, and have supported so many policies that have led to real change in our communities over the years.

Looking back at all the incredible moments of triumph, as well as challenging moments of set back  — I am so proud that Hip Hop Caucus has been able to bring folks together to make real change. And it all starts and ends with you — our supporters. Thank you for being on this journey with us. 

The work ahead must be bigger and stronger than ever. The election in 2020 will have consequences that will last for generations.Donating today will go a long way in expanding our work in 2020.

All power to the people!

S1 Ep 43: “If it’s not number one, it’s not getting done” w/ Jay Inslee

 Jay Inslee, who recently announced that he’s running for President, joins The Coolest Show to discuss why addressing climate change with equity and justice should be the top priority of our elected leaders. He sits down to breakdown how he, as the governor of Washington state, has put communities of color at the forefront of climate solutions and the need for diversity in the environmental movement. Mustafa Santiago Ali hosts.

S1 Ep 41: State of the Climate Movement – Part 2 w/ Dr. Michael Dorsey, Dr. Adrienne Hollis, Rosemary Enobakhare, & Kristin Mink

 In part two of our special “State of the Climate Movement” series, we are joined by a group of prominent activists and experts to continue the conversation on lack of diversity in mainstream environmental NGOs and Foundations. Guests give testimonials on what it’s like to be a person of color at an environmental organization and discuss solutions to strengthen our collective effort for thriving communities and a healthy planet. Special guests include Dr. Michael Dorsey, Dr. Adrienne Hollis, Rosemary Enobakhare, and Kristin Mink. Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. hosts along with co-hosts, Mustafa Santiago Ali and Antonique Smith. Recorded live for radio, the episode opens with current events in the climate movement.

S1 Ep 40: State of the Climate Movement – Part 1 w/ Whitney Tome & Erika West

 In part one of our special “State of the Climate Movement” series, we are joined by Green 2.0’s Whitney Tome and Erika West to discuss their new eye-opening report that traditional environmental non-profit organizations and foundations are actually becoming less racially and ethnically diverse. Their decline in diversity is not good for our collective ability to win on climate change, but there are solutions. Find Green 2.0’s report at DiverseGreen.org. Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. hosts along with co-hosts, Mustafa Santiago Ali and Antonique Smith. Recorded live for radio, the episode opens with current events in the climate movement.