Astrow is a young artist/poet from South Central Los Angeles, now living in the High Desert area, where many LA residents have moved because it's much cheaper there. He grew up in foster care, which is another form of homelessness. Astrow explains that "I recognized the people's conditions and it was strange to me that no one ever had something to say." So he began to say it himself through art, poetry, skateboarding, and hip hop. Astrow's fundamental message: "I believe anything is possible."
Let It Bleed
The boondocks iron city full of rum and drugs
South Central slums no fun is where I'm spawning from
The 90's unwind me to the time these Devils tried to blind me
my opponent is myself and only i can define me
I experienced the stree...
This is an excerpt from Lee Ballinger's Love and War podcast. Ballinger is a formerly homeless Vietnam veteran who lives in Los Angeles, where he is an author, poet, and producer. You can check out his podcast at:
Ernie Perez is the lead singer of the Boxing Gandhis and the founder of Rock A Mole (rhymes with guacamole) Productions in Los Angeles. Rock A Mole has staged several legendary cultural festivals and produced the film The Ultimate Song about music's role in the struggle to end poverty. Ernie is also the artistic director of House of Common Thread, a growing network of street ministers which collaborates with organizations and artists from all over Southern California.
All the instruments on this track were played by Michael Hakes, a musician who played in the bands of Natalie Cole, Cher, and the Pointer Sisters and wrote music for film and television. Like so many musicians, Michael didn't have health insurance so when he started...