Mighty4 Day 2018 recap

flyer design by: www.east-3.com
July 7th, 2018 marked a momentous occasion for the Mighty4 Arts Foundation as we celebrated our 20th year anniversary at Old Alvarado Park in Union City. What began as a way to celebrate and promote the four main cornerstones of Hip Hop culture (Breaking, DJing, Style Writing, Emceeing) through competitive platforms has evolved into a festival event of consciousness and awareness honoring its yearly theme of “Hip Hop, Health, & Hope”.

The morning kicked off with the follow up to last year’s Mental Health Awareness discussion panel featuring a stellar lineup of leaders, artists, & entrepreneurs sharing their stories in dealing with mental health: Paulskeee (Mighty4 founder, Rock Force Crew), Gina Mariko (Make It Mariko), East3 (Keep It Flowing Hawai’i), Freska (Koit 96.5), Anthony (Anthony Presents), Simone Hufana (Color Herstory), DJ Lean Rock, Gabe Delrokz (USF) & clinician Pia Bordon-Crosby.

Mighty4Day Mental Health Awareness panelists

photo by Rob Suguitan

Video footage from #Mighty4Day 2018

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Following the discussion panel, Union City council member Patrick Gacoscos recited a proclamation honoring the 35th year anniversary of the world championship Rock Force Crew Breaking dance group which was created in Union City and currently continues to receive national and world titles.

Union City councilperson Pat Gacoscos & Paulskeee

photo by Neil Yuzon media

Since the beginning of Mighty4, founder Paulskeee continuously pays homage to the culture of Hip Hop artists/organizers through the Mighty4 Appreciation Awards. This year featured a lifetime achievement award for one of the world’s greatest DJ’s of all time, DJ Qbert of Invisibl Skratch Piklz/Thud Rumble.

photo by Beto Lopez

Appreciation Award Honorees included:

Circle of Fire Crew- Bay Area/Seattle

Cellski & Deeandroid – Skratchpad

Fran Boogie Garcia – Triple Threat DJs

Allison Hueman Tinati – www.HuemanNature.com

Nate Nevado – Rock The School Bells

photo by Neil Yuzon media

With partnering sound system organization Expressions Entertainment at the helm, DJs and performers were heard loud and clear throughout the park and set off a positive vibe. Mighty4 Day partner, Union City Farmer’s market also joined in on the festivities as attendees had a chance to shop for vegetables and fruits to energize their day.

Also added this year Mighty4 Arts Foundation offered an internship to the San Leandro High School Business Academy and Union City community residents.

DJ’s , MC’s and singing artist performers included:

RJ Kool Raul, Fred (Freestyle Dance Collective)

DJ Shortkut (Invisibl Skratch Piklz/BeatJunkies/TripleThreatDJs)

Dj Lean Rock (Boston, MA – Floor Lords)

DJ Une (Union City, CA – Mighty4)

DJ J-Cue (Union City, CA. – Expressions Ent.)

DJ Bitesize (Skratchpad)

Kiyomi – Union City

Dima – San Jose

Fitting the the mental health theme, Mighty4 Day hosted a healing station by Julz & artist East3featuring teas, coloring stations and more which was free to the public. Concluding the days events was an 2vs2 youth/adult open style battle hosted by RJ Kool Raul & Fred of Freestyle Dance collective in which Josh & Rock Lee took 1st place in the competition. 

The day’s vendors included: Nailed It with Rosaline Ignacio Independent Color Street Stylist, Color Herstory, Union City Farmers Market, Always A student, Mighty4, Break4Tots, Wage Art Org, UC Berkeley’s Pilipinx Academic Student Services, Filipino Advocates For Justice

Photography: Rawkbeez, Nicola, Noi

Video: Rachita, Madison

Vendor support: San Leandro Business Academy

Thank you to everyone who supported the Mighty4 Arts Foundation locally and internationally for the last 20 years and stay tuned for next year as we plan to get bigger and better!

photo by Rob Suguitan

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