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Hip Hop Culture in Los Angeles – JUiCE Provides Free Weekly Arts Program

Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy (JUiCE) “Hip Hop in the Park” community event unites Los Angeles’s culturally diverse neighborhoods through Hip Hop. The free event was held to showcase works from JUiCE participants and to invite the larger community to share in the Hip Hop arts offered every week at MacArthur Park. Master aerosol artists finished the event with a community themed mural on recycled pulp art boards and worked alongside youths to learn basic painting techniques. Sounds of music echoed the streets while rhythmic words from emcees harmonize with the beats coming from the live drummer.  The dance battle drew much excitement and brought the spirit of competition. The video showcases the dance battle at this event.

J.U.i.C.E. is a safe and creative environment that supports the exploration and development of the Hip Hop arts. We welcome you to come out and join us every Saturday at MacArthur Park. 

J.U.i.C.E. Interview on KCSN 88.5 FM

A student reporter from California State University, Northridge came to JUiCE in MacArthur Park earlier this month and chatted with some of our participants and staff about our program.

Check out the interview in its entirety below!

BBOY + BGIRL Foundation Workshop by BBOY GUILLOTINE

JUICE Workshop 7-13 and 7-20 2013

Presented by JUICE…. Free from 1-2…..July 13th & 20th 2013….Free Open Session 12-4PM every Saturday at MacArthur Park Recreation Center on the 2nd Floor…. 2230 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90057


A JUiCE event to showcase the amazing work of young artists and participants in the community through the Hip-Hop arts.

There are great things that take place here every Saturday between 12-4 at MacArthur Park Community Center. This Saturday the 25th.
From 1-3 and is free to all. Doors open from 12-4.


JUiCE Hip-Hop Los Angeles - Logo White

Each One Teach One Dance and Mentorship Program

JUiCE Hip-Hop Los Angeles - Logo White

*is looking for youth 15-20 years old to enroll in an intensive hip-hop dance program. 

In this program, you will produce & perform in the 5th Annual  J.U.i.C.E. Hip Hop Dance Festival

This program is FREE

Applications are DUE on June 2, 2012

to download application click here

About The FREE Dance Program

Each One Teach One is a summer youth mentorship program founded by Emiko Sugiyama and 501c3 non-profit organization J.U.i.C.E. (Justice by Uniting Creative Energy).  The program will put together a team of emerging dancers to get trained in choreography and event production. Guest instructors in both dance and event production will be invited to teach workshops throughout the program. Dancers will prepare for their performance while learning the ins and outs of event production, including auditions, contracts, online and street marketing and promotion, and sound and lighting. At the culmination of this program, dancers will perform on stage at the world-famous Ford Amphitheater. 

Program goals: 

Build knowledge in both dance and major dance event production

Build Technical skills in dance such as poppin', lockin, capoeira, choreo, breakin', and more; build technical skills in event production

Build relationships with peers and mentors

Provide access to professional networks and opportunities 

Showcase work publicly at The Fifth Annual J.U.i.C.E Hip Hop Dance Festival on Saturday Sep. 22, 2012.

Workshop Schedule:

Days: Wednesdays and Fridays 4:30PM ~ 6:30PM

Total weeks: 15 weeks total (June 6th- Sep. 26th)

 Performance prep: Tech rehearsal on Sep. 19th, dress rehearsal on Sep. 20th, and performance on Sep. 22 at the Ford Amphitheater.

Where: Asian Pacific Healthcare Venture's meeting room.  (1530 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027)

Program Instructor and Coordinator

Emiko Sugiyama will direct this program and guide the participants to deepen their understanding of dance theater production, event marketing, choreography, and the performing arts.

Emiko has performed with numerous dance companies and in countless festivals all across the United States and internationally. She has been invited to teach, compete and judge competitions all over the world. She was featured as the cover girl for We B*girls, a hardcover book by world renowned photojournalist Martha Cooper, documenting extraordinary women in Hip-Hop. Emiko also has extensive experience producing events, festivals and programs, including last year’s JHHDF, the “Bgirl Challenge,” a ten week intensive breakdance training session geared toward boosting the confidence and skills of emerging female dancers and “Hip Hop Island” a youth summer camp to introduce at-risk youth to the positive artistic elements of the hip hop culture.

Her dance and choreography credits: Sacramento Kings (NBA and WNBA) half time show, Breakestra Music Video “Get Your Soul Together,” Warp Tour in Las Vegas, Thalia feat. Fat Joe “I want you,” Lipton tour 2003 on ABC Good Morning America. KRS One Warren G & Lil Ai Music video, NIKE Town in store commercial. Emiko will be the Producer of the J.U.i.C.E. Hip-Hop Dance Festival and primary instructor of the dance students in the intensive dance program leading up to the festival 

What we are looking for:

JHHDF is looking for twelve dancers age between 15 to 20 years old who have some experience in any style of Hip Hop Dance (breakin', poppin', lockin', etc.) We are looking for participants who aspire to pursue a professional career as a dancer/artist and are searching for an opportunity to learn the skills to choreograph, perform, produce a dance show and events.


The participants must be between 15 to 20 years old. If you are under 18 years old you must turn in your guardian's permission with the application. 

You must be comfortable dancing in at least one style of Hip Hop dance 

All participants must be available for all the weekly classes from 4:30PM ~ 6:30PM on Wednesday and Friday starting on June 6th Wednesday, tech rehearsal on Sep. 19th, dress rehearsal on Sep. 20th, and performance on Sep. 22nd. 

It is each participant's responsibility to provide transportation to attend weekly classes. 

The participants are required to join street marketing team to promote the festival.


To download the submission form click here  

Applications must include:

Completed application form

Guardian's permission form if you are under 18 year-old


Applications materials must be RECEIVED by Saturday June 2st, 2012. Applicants will be notified of decisions by June 4th. Please drop off at MacAurther Park session on Saturday or mail applications to:

J.U.I.C.E Hip Hop Dance Festival  

Attn: Emiko Sugiyama

2209 N. Boradway #B

Los Angeles, CA 90031


Contact Emiko Sugiyama: emikojhhdf@gmail.com

Ras G, Open Mike Eagle, Mon MC - JUiCE In Uganda

J.U.i.C.E. International Hip-Hop Exchange 2012: Kampala, Uganda

The Project
J.U.i.C.E. is proud to announce that we are partnering with Amagezi Germanyi Youth Association (AGYA) on an international hip-hop artist exchange program that will bring Los Angeles-based MC and Hellfyre Club recording artist, Open Mike Eagle, and Los Angeles-based beatmaker and Brainfeeder recording artist, Ras G, to work with Ugandan rapper Mon MC, youth artists, and other local musicians in Uganda for three weeks in May of 2012.

Project Goals:
1) Exchange knowledge about the musical traditions of hip-hop, both its roots in African music and the unique styles of rapping and production born in Los Angeles, paying particular attention to similarities and differences in rhythm, melody, harmony, instrumentation and content.

2) Support the growth and development of hip-hop music in Uganda through artist-led workshops for emerging hip-hop artists in Uganda, which will cover hip-hop music production and rapping

3) Collaboratively produce works of art, culminating in the production of a 4-5 track CD; and

4) Provide public benefit and experience of the arts through a live performance for the general public at the Ugandan National Theater in Kampala, Uganda, through a low-cost exhibition, a panel discussion for Los Angeles residents upon return to Los Angeles, and through free online distribution of the culminating musical works.

The Organizations
J.U.i.C.E. is a non-profit hip-hop organization and collective. Through 10 years of weekly sessions and events J.U.i.C.E. has worked to support hip-hop to flourish as a form of self expression and self-empowerment for all people, with a special focus on at-risk youth and those who may otherwise turn to negative alternatives . Through MCing, Breking, DJing, Music Production and Graffiti, J.U.I.C.E. has provided a space to prrserve for hip-hop culture while supporting it to continuously grow and change.

The Amagezi Gemaanyi Youth Association (AGYA, a non-profit organization committed to creating safe, supportive, sustainable learning environment where youth can develop leadership skills and express themselves creatively. AGYA serves youth with limited opportunities and resources in some of the most populated urban slum communities in Uganda.

Project Budget
The total project cost is just under $18,000 and covers travel, room and board, equipment, stipends, and other items necessary for the trip. J.U.i.C.E. and AGYA have received partial funding of $8,000 from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Exchange International (CEI) Fellowship Program.  While we are grateful to be among the recipients of the prestigious CEI fellowship grant, we still need to raise an additional $10,000 USD in order to make the project a success. We are using the online fundraising platform, StayClassy to raise $7,000 of the funds by April 30, 2012.

Donate to this project by clicking the DONATE NOW button at the top of this page! We encourage supporters to make a donation online or create your very own personal fundraising page with a minimum goal of $250.

If you can’t make a donation at this point, help us reach our goal by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter!
Or, even better, send an e-mail to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to our fundraising  page!

As the project launch approaches, we will be posting additional updates and details on the AGYA Blog, Facebook, and Twitter! Stay

Thanks so much for your generosity!


Artist Bios

Open Mike Eagle

A veteran of countless cyphers and shows, Open Mike Eagle comes from the storied Los Angeles MC proving ground the Project Blowed. Also a J.U.i.C.E. alum, Open Mike has developed a professional recording and performing career with a bright future. Recently, Michael Eagle has traveled nationally and internationally while releasing two critically acclaimed albums in the last three years: his debut album Unapologetic Art Rap(Mush Records) and the follow-up, Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes (Hellfyre Club). with the release of these two albums, Open Mike has launched onto the underground hip-hop scene in the states and beyond. Qith a unique flow and delivery, highly skilled word consturction, and the ability to consturct intelligent, but accessible rhyme schemes that cover topics other rappers dream about, Open Mike Eagle is set to take his career, and your perception, to new heights.

Ras G

Ras G has been a fixture in the Los Angeles hip-hop scene since the early 1990’s.  Ras G’s unique production style uses spacey innovative rhythms, grimey drums, and sounds that create a his instantly recognizable sonic assault. Having toured the globe and released albums on several tastemaker labels, including Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder, Ras G is making an impact on the development of hip-hop globally through his many releases. His album Ghetto Sci-fi, produced under the moniker Ras G and the Afrikan Space Program, is an “an analysis of what came before us as told through sounds from the future” and exemplifies this proposed international exchange. Ras G looks forward to continuing his tradition of pushing the envelope to further hip-hop music as we know it.

Mon MC

Rapping for over ten years and performing at over 500 live shows, Simon Ssemwogerere aka Mon MC, is a 26-year old professional rap emcee from Kampala, Uganda. Rapping exclusively in his native tongue, Luganda, and infusing traditional African musicology into his style, Mon MC believes that rap music is the best way that he can educate the global community about issues facing people in Uganda. With songs like It’s Never Too Late To Fight AIDS, which was inspired by Mon MC’s mother who lost her battle with HIV/AIDS, Mon MC’s music is truly educational, uplifting and inspirational. Mon MC is the first Ugandan rap artist to have a music video featured on Black Entertainment Television (BET). In 2008, Mon MC was nominated for a Uganda Buzz Award for “Best Hip-Hop Single.” Mon MC is currently a guest lecturer on hip-hop performance and technique at the Amagezi Gemaanyi Youth Association (AGYA) as part of the “Recording Our Dreams” Studio Project.