Legendary New York Rock Steady Crew breakdancer Richard Colón (aka CrazyLegs) started Rock Steady For Life, a relief campaign to help Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria.
In a new short documentary, Crazy Legs takes a closer look at the widespread devastation across the island of Puerto Rico and the inspiring grassroots efforts that are uniting and rebuilding a community in need. Watch the new segment featuring exclusive interviews with El Departmento De La Comida, MPOWERDI Off-The-Grid Missions, and Waves For Water as they promote sustainability and education across the island.
To assess relief efforts in Puerto Rico to date and discuss regrowth and the path towards recovery, Rock Steady For Life, co-sponsored by The Cooper Union’s Department of Public Programs, will host an exclusive night on April 18th at Cooper’s Great Hall in New York City.
The evening will include a screening of the new documentary and a town hall-style conversation with non-profit partners including Tara Rodriguez Besosa, Founder and Director of El Departmento De La Comida; Seungah Jeong, OEO of MPOWERD; John Salzinger, Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer of MPOWERD; Angela Maria Nardolillo, President of OffThe-Grid Missions; Rob McQueen, Field Operations Director for Waves For Water; Jorge Quintana, Caribbean Hurricane Relief Initiative Project Manager; and humanitarian and makeup artist Jamie Harper, one of the first reporters on the ground after the storms. Journalist, Jon Coen will be moderating and music will be provided by DJ KAMALA.
To date, Crazy Legs has completed 7 trips to distribute Waves For Water filters, Luci Solar Lights and funds to support relief efforts throughout the island. Watch Crazy Legs’ and Waves For Water’s first visit to Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria from October 2017 here:
About Rock Steady For Life
Rock Steady For Life is committed to helping the people of Puerto Rico in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria—and beyond. With the help of Waves For Water and artists of the Puerto Rican diaspora—Puerto Rico Rob, DJ Enuff, DJ Tony Touch, DJ DP One, DJ G-Bo The Pro, Port Morris Distillery—we are raising funds to support on-the-ground efforts of getting much needed water filtration and purification systems to areas of the island that have been harder to get to. Funds will also support the Boys & Girls Club of Isabela in their efforts of providing shelter, food and necessities to people in need. To learn more, https://www.gofundme.com/RSCForLife
MPOWERD creates clean energy products that are personal, well-designed and accessible to everyone, with the belief that in the face of global challenges, truly innovative companies have a responsibility to empower as many people as possible. MPOWERD has impacted over 2.6 million lives, averted over 250,000 US Standard Tons of C02, and created a network of 500+ NGO partners in over 90 countries through the sales and distribution of their solar inflatable Luci@ light.
To learn more, https://mpowerd.com
About Off-The-Grid Missions
Off-The-Grid Missions is a Non-Profit Organization that provides access to survival tools in highrisk and remote regions around the world. Each mission offers a unique set of skills either in the form of Gracie Jiu-jitsu training camps that teach Self-Defense against Sexual Assault; or Disaster Recovery relief efforts with a focus on the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community. We try our best to bring light to the source of the problem—but we work to disarm it with an effective and tangible solution.
To learn more, www.offthegridmissions.org
About Waves For Water
Waves For Water works on the front lines to provide clean water to communities in need around the world. In addition to their primary focus around clean water, the organization has coordinated strategic disaster relief efforts globally, working directly with world leaders and strategic partners who take a no-nonsense attitude toward making global change. Waves For Water has worked in 44 countries, w•th active programs in 23, and have responded to 33 disasters globally. With over 155 program consisting of water filtration systems (150,000+ filters implemented), wells and rainwater harvesting systems, they have impacted up to 3,750,000 people. To learn more, www.wavesforwater.org
About DJ KAMALA
DJ KAMALA is a professional DJI producer and 4th generation Chelsea-Manhattan native with Indigenous and African American, Puerto-Rican and Cuban roots. As daughter of legendary Jazz Musician, Carter Jefferson who toured with the likes of Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix, Kamala’s upbringing provided an early introduction to Downtown culture and led her into New York’s vibrant nightlTe community which laid the foundation for her musical expertise and flavorful edge. Specializing in music spanning 70’s, 80’s, 90s to presentl Kamala masterfully mixes and her sets together with passion and grace. To learn more, www.instagram.com/kamalamuse
About Jamie Harper
In her 13 years of work as a celebrity makeup artist, Jamie Harper has had the opportunity to work with artist such as Miley Cyrus, Marc Anthony, Jill Scott, Robin Thicke, Paulina Rubio, Jason Derulo and many others. Born in New York, and raised in Puerto Rico, her agent the late Dalbert Rosado, was instrumental in teaching her the techniques of becoming a well-respected makeup artist. Jamie’s success with modeling in Puerto Rico eventually led her to Los Angeles where she has done makeup for magazine covers, music videos, and has worked with networks like E! Fox, MTV, Style, HBO, BRAVO, Lifetime, Univision and NBC/Mun2.
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Rock Steady For Life: www.gofundme.com/RSCForLife www.facebook.com/RockSteadyOrew77
El Departamento de la Food: @eldepartamentodelafood www.facebook.com/departamentodelacomida
Waves For Water: @WavesForWater www.facebook.com/WavesForWater
MPOWERD: @MPOWERDInc www.facebook.com/mpowerdinc
Off-The-Grid Missions: www.facebook.com/offthegrid