#JusticeForReefa Benefit: The Pharcyde and "Up to 50 Pieces of Israel Hernandez's Work"

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Street-corner justice.

Two months ago, Miami Beach cops tasered a kid to death over graffiti. And today, Miami and his family are still seeking Justice for Reefa.

From October 3 to 5 at LMNT, local skaters, dancers, artists, and DJs will come together to celebrate Israel Hernandez's life, raise money for his family to confront D.C. lawmakers, and promote positivity in the community.

These three days of programming will culminate with the 20th-anniversary performance of Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, the pioneering album by hip-hop icons Fatlip, SlimKid3, J-Swift, and L.A. Jay.

Event producer Anna Robbins of 222Worldwide put it all together. Here's what she has to say.

See also: The Pharcyde's Slimkid3 Explains Every Track From Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde

"I'm from California, but I moved to Miami about ten years ago," Robbins tells Crossfade. "I was in the music industry working with The Roots, and Erykah Badu, those artists are actually friends of mine. I brought a lot of them down as a ghost-booker for Bardot, but I'm doing my own thing now.

"I felt like Pharcyde would be good for Wynwood and the arts community because of their history and the whole projection show they do, and when I started telling people about it, everybody jumped on board.

"We were looking for something or someone to dedicate or benefit with the event and someone mentioned the #JusticeForReefa movement. He was close to my friend's daughter, so we got with the family and decided we wanted to dedicate the whole show to him. Some of the proceeds will go to the Reefa family foundation."

#JusticeForReefa Benefit Schedule

Thursday, October 3 #JusticeForReefa Gallery Opening. 6 p.m. Curated by Enrique "Sero" Cruz. Featuring work from Israel "Reefa" Hernandez, Abstrk, Abuse, Atomik, Astre, Bernari Kamau, Bulk, C-Dog, Chy, Delvis, Elex, Five, GG, Juan Rozas, Lola Blu, Quake, Rage, Rey "Rson" Jaffet, Threat, and 131.

Friday, October 4. Bum Rush the Spot. 7 p.m. A mini-ramp demo and video premiere, presented by IamYourVillain & Casey Zap, hosted by MIA Skate Shop -- plus 6th Street Dance Studio presents TruSchool with sounds by Sno White & Keen One.

Saturday, October 5. The Pharcyde performing Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde live. 4 p.m. Hosted by Monie Love, presented by 222 Worldwide, with sets by ArtOfficial, The Politix, Marcus Blake & the 3rd Party, King Most, Ynot, Rudeboy Sven, Affect, Methods, and Heron.

"LMNT has an art gallery that's going to be entirely curated in his honor and will be displaying up to 50 pieces of his work, and 20 pieces by other local writers and graffiti artists.

"There is also going to be a mass mobilization on Miami Beach on October 6, demanding justice for Israel Hernandez.

"It kind of went backwards from initially programming to following what Reefa's passions were. And it came together very last minute.

"But to see the creative community come together is exciting and shows that the community needs these type of events. There's a need for that classic old-school sound alongside visual artists, writers, skaters, and dancers."

#JusticeForReefa Benefit Weekend. Thursday, October 3, to Saturday, October 5. LMNT, 55 NW 36th St., Miami. Admission is free on Thursday and Friday, but tickets cost $20 for Saturday's concert via 222worldwide.eventbrite.com or $30 at the door. Visit 222worldwide.com.

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drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

It’s a crime, not art!  Graffiti, it’s everywhere.On freeway bridges, bus stops maybe your own property. But getting rid of it is a never-ending, expensive process.


 Fleeing the police, after they have identified themselves as police, is ALWAYS a chargeable offense. Once you flee from an officer, you can be charged with fleeing the police, even if you have done nothing wrong.

The moral is: If a police officer asks you for I.D. or wants to handcuff you and you are innocent, do not run. Just comply. You can always file a complaint later, if the cop has acted inappropriately The criminal charge of fleeing a police officer is often added on to other criminal charges

For the last 17 years, the North Beach residents and the business owners have been working hard to get the area revitalized and have changed it to be a desirable place to live in and for tourists from all over the world come visit. This has been accomplished with the help and support of the Miami Beach Police Officers assigned to North Beach.

The rebirth of North Beach took a long time and selfish actions, which do not take in consideration the effect on other people, are simply not acceptable. The North Beach businesses offer work for local people, who feed their families with the business movement in the area. At the same time, the majority of the residents appreciate living in a safe and clean area where tourism is welcome because it gives life to this part of Miami Beach.

When private property gets tagged with graffiti, property owners are required by Miami Beach Code Enforcement to paint right away, spending funds that could very well be used for other positive things.

It is very tragic what has taken place with the death of a young man, who instead of using his talents in a positive way, decided to risk his freedom by doing what he very well knew was wrong. His selfish actions brought him to a confrontation with the police officers looking after a community. They had no intention of causing death to anyone by using a working tool provided to them to be used on those who refused to listen to a police officer order when caught breaking the law.

Instead of promoting the defacing of private property, violence and disrespect to the police officers, people should use a little common sense. It is not difficult to understand that all human beings have the capacity to differentiate right from wrong and the capacity to understand that actions have consequences, without forgetting that the first action is what leads to what then will follow. TEACH YOUR CHILDREN RIGHT, SO WHEN THEY GO OUT TO SOCIETY THEY CANNOT REGRET THEIR ACTIONS LATER.

It is important for the news to take to their viewers another point of view of what has taken place.

Jacob_Katel
Jacob_Katel

@drakemallard vandalism is a crime. but drawing on a derelict building is not vandalism.


you make a couple good points about the mistake and potential consequences of running from a dirty pig


but for all your indictment of society' ills, you never acknowledge the history of actual abuse of power and corruption by Miami Beach Pigs (not the good guy cops), and the detrimental effects their actions have on the communities they are paid to protect and serve,,,,,and how sometimes it is the pigs who are the criminals and the alleged criminals who are the innocent

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