JC Poppe, OnMilwaukee.com contributor and recently former hip-hop blogger, has organized a benefit for Literacy Services of Wisconsin using hip-hop music as the draw to get people out to raise money, as well as collect books and reading glasses via the Hip-Hop Hates Iliteracy event at Cactus Club tonight, Friday, April 6.
Starting at 9 p.m. at Cactus Club, Poppe has put together a lineup of music including Pizzle, Ray Nitti, Blizz McFly and C-Piepz for the benefit. Cover is $5, but larger donations are encouraged. Gently used books at any reading level and lightly used reading glasses of any strength will also be collected at the event.
Literacy Services is a non-profit organization in Wisconsin ‘committed to educating adult students, improving our community, and impacting our city’s future.’ They focus on adult literacy including basic reading and spelling, English as a second language, and GED preparation as well as a new Functional Literacy program with three core areas—computer literacy, financial literacy, and workforce readiness—provides students with the skills needed to use technology efficiently, make smart financial decisions, and search for and secure employment.
Hip-hop artists, specifically rappers, have to have a strong basis of language in order to craft their lyrics and rhymes – particularly for free-style rap where they they have to access that language spontaneously. Their impressive use of language can be a great inspiration to their audience and to me this is a perfect pairing of cause and activity and it is so great to see Poppe leading the way with his philanthropic events for this and other causes.
If you have the chance pop on out to Cactus Club tonight and support a great cause and a Well-Met Man in JC Poppe.