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Latest Healthcare Repeal Derailment Won't Silence Kayln Heffernan's “Rather go to jail than to die without Medicaid” Protest Chant

Posted by Billyjam, September 28, 2017 02:02pm | Post a Comment


Despite the derailment this week of the Republicans’ latest (Graham-Cassidy) stab at dismantling affordable health care after enough senators, including Susan Collins of Maine, publicly voiced their opposition to this latest repeal and replace attempt by Trump’s White House, many Americans remain wary and watchful of their government.  For example low income disabled Americans dependent on Medicaid and those with pre-existing medical conditions continue to anxiously follow the news of each attempt by the Trump administration to take away their healthcare, something that’s more than a mere political issue to them.

“It’s a matter of life and death for many people out here,” said Denver artist/activist Kalyn Heffernan of hip-hop group Wheelchair Sports Camp. Earlier this summer the popular emcee, along with several other wheelchair protestors who are part of the group ADAPT, got arrested and jailed following a sixty hour sit-in protest at the offices of Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner demanding the senator vote against the Republican-led repeal of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). “After we had seen the healthcare replacement plan that was going to gut $800 million from Medicaid in the next ten years, that was when we began our protest,” said Heffernan.

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Colorado CRUSH 2017, Denver’s Ever Expanding Annual Aerosol Art Festival, Captures Welcoming Vibe of the Mile High City

Posted by Billyjam, September 16, 2017 04:13pm | Post a Comment
This Colorado CRUSH 2017 piece is by Phero, Mpek, and Brian Scott Hampton. For more info
on pictures of art from CRUSH in this Amoeblog put cursor/mouse over image.


Denver’s annual Colorado CRUSH (Creative Rituals Under Social Harmony) art festival has grown exponentially since its comparatively small beginnings as a local event back in 2000. Now in its eight year Colorado CRUSH 2017 has grown into a large scale, vibrant, fun, annual aerosol art festival attracting artists and art fans from all over. Happening all this week (Sept 11 - 17), Colorado CRUSH 2017  features 130 different artists. While its participants are predominantly local, many of the CRUSH artists are invited in from around the USA as well as from other countries. These artists’ work fill walls all over Denver’s RiNo district and beyond as outlined in this CRUSH map. Like the city of Denver, CRUSH is a laid back, warm, welcoming and unpretentious affair. Even when CRUSH is not taking place as a city Denver is visibly welcoming to outdoor and people with spray cans in hand, unlike so many other cities. 

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Denver's Colorado Crush Street Art Festival: Where Aerosol & Kush Fill The Air and Vibrant Murals Line The Mile High City's Walls

Posted by Billyjam, September 18, 2015 11:01am | Post a Comment


Denver's ever evolving and expanding annual Colorado Crush street art festival, where the distinct odors of kush smoke and aerosol paint fumes fill the air while bright colorful, painstakingly handcrafted art pieces fill the walls of the Mile High City, is back again this week for what promises to be its best year to date - Colorado Crush 2015.

Begun by Robin Munro and others who shared a passion and love for street art as well as for their Colorado capitol city, the outdoor arts event began quietly back in 2009. But in the six years since this now internationally renowned street art festival has blossomed into one of Denver's signature art events, having grown exponentially and winning accolades along the way. Last year it won the 2014 Mayor's Design Award chosen by Denver's Mayor Michael B. Hancock - whose progressive city is unique in how it  embraces street art, even lending financial support, while other cities like New York continue to demonize it, making its creators criminals, and failing to distinguish between the various types of street art.

This year's Colorado Crush, that runs through Sunday September 20th, organizers say will be its "biggest and best" yet with participation up an estimated 50% resulting in even more outdoor art to enjoy, and with more business owners and community members getting involved and donating wall space.

Catching Up With Wheelchair Sports Camp's Kalyn Heffernan on New WSC Album, Youth on Record Program, and More

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2014 02:01pm | Post a Comment

In her hometown of Denver, charismatic hip-hop artist/activist/educator Kalyn Heffernan is well known. She is also much loved and respected for her talents, her warm personality, endless energy, and the passion for everything she embraces in her life. She is also an instantly recognizable figure. She may only be three and a half feet in height, weigh less than sixty pounds, and need the use of a wheelchair to get around, but the ever-active Kalyn Heffernan (who has the brittle-bone disability osteogenesis imperfecta) is a commanding persona who always has words of wisdom and encouragement to impart with those who cross her path.

The always good-humored, weed-smoking, queer, hip-hop artist/front person of the live hip-hop group Wheelchair Sports Camp (WSC) counts among her many admirers music fans, fellow protesters in the Denver Occupy movement, and the recent anti-police demonstrations in the Mile High City as well as all the inner-city kids at the programs she tutors (when not on tour). She also has many fans in the LGBT community won over by her out, loud, and proud positive attitude as witnessed in the WSC song "Madd" with the lyrics, "Everyone here is mad / Everyone here is queer and perfectly glad!"

The Denver Colorado artist's accolades are lengthy. She's been featured in her hometown's The Denver Post a few times, been featured in Spin, Vice, and the Huffington Post, as well as gracing the cover of the NYC weekly The Village Voice in 2011 when she only had some demos and no album yet. In September she was among the contributors in the ten-day NYC arts festival Photoville where her video piece 4TheHomies (see below) was part of the exhibit. As a teacher/mentor she works in a couple of youth empowerment programs including Youth on Record at Youth Media Studios where various areas of music production are taught with an emphasis on hip-hop and its four elements (see video interview below that I conducted with her recently at the space).

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: The Longest Running Hip-Hop Radio Show "The Eclipse Show" on KGNU

Posted by Billyjam, September 9, 2014 06:24pm | Post a Comment

Amoeblog interview about "The Eclipse Show" with Denver's DJ A-L


It was long assumed that Kevvy Kev Stanford radio KZSU's long-running hip-hop radio show The Drum (showcased on the Amoeblog five years ago) was the longest running radio show, but according to Colorado DJ A-L that distinction goes to Boulder CO radio station KGNU's hip-hop program The Eclipse Show is "the longest running hip-hop show in the world!"  Furthermore it is one that even predates KZSU's The Drum by a full half dozen years.

The Drum
, which note is no longer on the air, began in 1984 while The Eclipse Show started out in 1978 as, what DJ A-L called in the Amoeblog video interview above, "an alternative black radio show" that played all types of black music including rap/hip-hop as it began to get released on vinyl in the late seventies. Soon after, as hip-hop releases became more and more commonplace, The Eclipse Show gradually morphed into an all hip-hop music radio show. Fast forward a decade to 1990 and The Eclipse Show looked like it was about to go off the air due to lack of time commitment from those producing the show at that time. But that was when DJ A-L's mentor Chris Nathan stepped in to save the day, or rather the legacy of this radio show, by taking it under his wing and bringing in numerous other DJs/contributors over the years, and up to this day.

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