2nd Annual At-Risk Intervention & Prevention Conference


At-Risk Flyer Final

The 2nd Annual At-Risk Intervention & Prevention Coference is designed to provide the Lehman College community with the opportunity to have an open dialogue with community activists and organizations about issues that effect our communities. Topics discussed will be but are not limited to:

1) Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence

2) Homelessness

3) Police Brutality

4) Youth Advocacy

5) Youth Criminalization

6) Re-Entry Population

7) Mass Incarceration


Program Overview


Breakfast Meet & Greet – Opening Remarks

9:30am – 10:30am

Myriah Rose


Lehman College Alum

ClassAction Student Group Alumni Coordinator



Intervention & Prevention

Panel Discussion

10:30am – 12:00pm

Marika Turano


“The Word Is Love”

A Documentary Film



Zulu Malika Benu Ma’at

ClassAction Student Group

Founding President/Program Coordinator

UZN Dept. of Community Affairs

Program/Project Coordinator

UZN Chosen Chapter 33

Community Affairs Coordinator



Daniel “Majesty” Sanchez

Justice Committee:

Bronx Cop-Watch Coordinator

UZN Chosen Chapter 33



Brother Tarik

UZN Department of Community Affairs

Original Black Panther Party NYC


Jason Jayology

Lehman College Alum

Actor, Director, Producer & Writer

“Price of Silence”



Amir Varick

Lehman College Alum

Social Justice Activist



At-Risk Intervention & Prevention Luncheon

Special Presentation By

Marika Turano

12:00pm – 2:00pm


Elements of Culture:

Art Showcase & Open Mic Session

2:00pm -5:00pm


Featured Artist:

Imani Vidal

Stolen Lives and Resurrection Photographic Experience

“Stolen Lives and Resurrection -The Impact of Police Brutality in the Bronx” is a photographic experience by photographer and Bronx resident Imani Vidal. It features five mothers: Constance Malcolm mother of Ramarley Graham, Ana Cuevas mother of Reynaldo Cuevas, Juanita Young mother of Malcolm Ferguson, Iris Baez mother of Anthony Baez and Margarita Rosario mother of Anthony Rosario and Aunt of Hilton Vega.


Featured Performers:

Sudden Chemistry



Spoken Word Artist


Queen C

Spoken Word Artist


Special Workshop Facilitator:

Daniel “Majesty” Sanchez

Justice Committee:

Bronx Cop-Watch Coordinator

UZN Chosen Chapter 33

Rhinocerous Woman By Assata Shakur


Rhinocerous woman
who nobody wants
and everybody used.
They say you’re crazy
cause you not crazy enough
to kneel when told to kneel.

Hey, big woman –
with scars on the head
and scars on the heart
that never seem to heal –
I saw your light
and it was shining.

You gave them love.
They gave you shit.
You gave them you.
they gave you hollywood.
They purr at you
cause you know how to roar
and back it up with realness.

Rhinocerous woman,
big momma in a little world.
You closed your eyes
and neon spun inside your head
cause it was dark outside.

You read your bible
but god never came.
Your daddy woulda loved you
but what would the neighbors say.

They hate you momma
cause you expose their madness.
And their cruelty.

They can see in your eyes
a thousand nightmares
that they have made come true.

Black woman. Baad woman.
Wear your bigness on your chest like a badge
cause you done earned it.

Strong woman. Amazon.
Wear your scars like jewelry
cause they were bought with blood.

They call you mad.
And almost had you
believing that shit.

They called you ugly.
And you hid yourself
behind yourself
and wallowed in their shame.

Rhinocerous woman –
this world is blind
and slight of mind
and cannot see
how beautiful you are.

I saw your light.
And it was shining.

– Assata Shakur

2nd Annual Hip-Hop History Month Celebration: Masters of the Elements Hip-Hop Educational Summit & Community Outreach FUN-Raiser Intiative

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“Hip Hop can be a very powerful weapon to help expand young people’s political and social consciousness. But just as with any weapon, if you don’t know how to use it, if you don’t know where to point it, or what you’re using it for, you can end up shooting yourself in the foot or killing your sisters or brothers.”
– Assata Shakur

Peace Family, 

My name is Benu Ma’at and I am a Universal Zulu Nation Department of Community Affairs Program/Project Coordinator as well as a UZN Founder and Program Director of the UZN Phoenix Queens of the Nation: Wisdom Born Zulu Chapter 29. I am also a sociology major attending Lehman College located in the Bronx and President and co-founder of ClassAction Student Group.

On Wednesday, November 26, 2014, ClassAction Student Group, along with the Universal Zulu Nation will host the 2nd Annual Hip-Hop History Month Celebration: Masters of the Elements Hip-Hop Educational Summit & Indigenous Remembrance Community Outreach Initiative FUN-Raiser @ Lehman College. This year, we celebrate 40 years of Hip-Hop Culture and the 41st Anniversary of its first Hip-Hop Awareness Organization – the Universal Zulu Nation.


Statement of Purpose:

Hip Hop Culture is a reverberation of centuries-long resistance to oppression by Black and Brown people in the Americas. Born in the Bronx from meager beginnings; emerging from the ghetto streets plagued by poverty and violence, Hip Hop is now a medium that empowers people across the globe. However, the Rap Music Industry and, to some degree, the world of Hip-Hop Education are no longer held accountable to the people. The 2nd Annual Hip-Hop History Month Celebration: Masters of the Elements Hip-Hop Educational Summit seeks to reconnect the most influential parts of Hip Hop with the streets it was born from, by putting Theory to Practice with the addition of the Indigenous Remembrance Day Community Outreach Initiative FUN-Raiser.

Breakfast Meet & Greet, Opening Remarks, Program Break Down 

 Benu Ma’at
Universal Zulu Nation Department of Community Affairs Program/Project Coordinator
UZN Phoenix Queens of the Nation: Wisdom Born Zulu Chapter 29
Founding President/Program Coordinator ClassAction Student Group
Faculty Dining Room
10am – 11am

Keynote Address
Faculty Dining Room
11:00am – 11:30am
Hip-Hop: Past, Present, and Future Panel Discussion:
Faculty Dining Room
11:30am – 1pm

Outstanding Community Education & Service Awards Presented to:
Universal Zulu Nation Teaching Artists

Outstanding Student Engagement Awards
Presented to:
Lehman College Alumni Association
Office of Campus Engagement & New Student Programs

Outstanding Community Service Award
Presented to:
Morton Williams Supermarkets
Ciphers of the Master Teachers Luncheon
Faculty Dining Rooms
1pm – 2pm

Masters of the Elements
Hip-Hop Educational Workshop Series
Faculty and East Dining Rooms
2pm – 3pm

Elements of Culture Art Showcase & Open Mic:
The Break Down Chill Session Networking Party

East Dining Room
4pm – 7pm

Thank You!!!….

Peace Family

I know that’s been a while since I have been active. I just had to take the time to express my gratitude for everyone’s support. To come back and see so many comments about how the information shared is useful and empowering means a lot.

Thank you all for being patient… As they say Good Things Come To Those Who Wait 🙂

– Benu Ma’at






1st Annual Hip-Hop History Month Celebration: Elements of Culture Hip-Hop Educational Summit


On Friday November 8, ClassAction Student Group is hosting the

1st Annual Hip-Hop History Month Celebration: Elements of Culture Hip-Hop Educational Summit

at Lehman College.

This is a free event open to the entire Lehman College Community and local high school students.

On-Line registration is available:


Hidden Warfare…




Hidden within a family

Secret weapons of attack

Stabbed in the back…

When I cried out for help

I was told I was crazy

It was my fault

I provoked him

My Brother

Same mother

Different father

I’m her first born

He’s their first born

The rest is theirstory…

Kicked out of the family portrait at the age of fourteen

Struggled, survived, fought, got money, damn near died on these NYC streets

I’m a Vet, a Soldier

War was all I knew

And was still strong enough to stay TRU to myself

Gain Knowledge of Self

Started questioning myself…

What are you doing? Who are you fooling?

This is not you.

Everyone knows you don’t belong here… so leave –

And I left… Never looked back

Got on some Square shit

And it was cool –

Earning a paycheck. getting up every morning

Doing something positive


Once I caught on that this side

is no different than the other side

Only this side is legit –

I went in Hard!!!

I was a beast…

I called on all of the skills I acquired in the underworld

and brought them to the surface.

I was having a nice little run

and then my whole life changed…

I found out that I was pregnant

and my whole world crashed in on me.

Lost my job, lost my home,

my son’s Father was acting stupid at the time

in denial and shock – really… okay….

(He’s getting it together now… it was rocky though…smh…)

I had to move back in to my mother’s house.

That’s not her house.

It all started from then.

My Brother started stealing my things

and taking things of mine out of the house

without asking and I’d get upset.

I’d go to my mother and her husband and tell them that I don’t need this stress

I’m pregnant, please tell him to leave me alone.

My mother would say that

I can’t be like that; Say that I don’t want to be bothered.

I’d go through the whole people only treat you how you allow them to treat you speech

I’d say that I have a right to speak up and defend myself

I’d say that I don’t have to take my Brother’s mess…

to no avail.

You see my mother was just happy that she had a job

didn’t have to be in the house all day.

It was perfect for her to have me there.

Especially since her husband just had hip surgery.

She get up in the morning, get dressed and leave.

I’d get up behind her. Get washed up, go downstairs

see if there was any food

go to the supermarket

get some groceries

walk back to the house

go upstairs knocked on his door

he’d say come in

I’d ask him if he wanted me to make him something to eat

he’d be awake, just laying there

unable to go down the stairs

He’d say yes… and that’s when he’d finally get up and clean up

Somebody was there to take care of him… do what he couldn’t do for himself

And it was me

and that’s what ate at him

that it was me.

it wasn’t his daughter or his sons, not even his wife.

my mother…

it was me.

The one he hates

the one he despises

The one who stood tall and strong

in the face of the tyrant

the one he set the lowest of expectations for:

the future bum,

the future derelict

the one no man would ever want…

yep it was me

who was there

in his time of need

And I would pay for it.



Disorders hidden within a family

Kept secrets used as tools

Silent whispers of

fuck you bitch

all out confrontations

three against one

mother, father and son

the holy trinity of dysfunction

Somebody please talk to him

Silence all around.

Two years of illness getting worst

arguments getting worst

to think someone I have always looked out for

to turn on me this way

But it’s not all of his fault

his mother

his father

knew the problem

they knew that Demons

were attacking the mind of their son

Such brilliance

such talent

such potential never allowed to manifest

because families keep secrets

For two years I suffered

no one wanted to get involved…

But karma’s a bitch

what goes around truly comes around

the cipher complete.

His attacks now are indiscriminate

fuck you nigga my father

fuck you bitch my mother

fuck all you mother fuckers…

you all are plotting against me

trying to stop me

attacking me

Now his rants are a bother

Now he has to go

Now people are terrorized

Yet –

I asked you all for help

I was the first caught in his line of fire

and you all looked away




Hidden within a family

Secret weapons aimed against me

Used to stab me in the back

They now learn the lesson

That daggers aimed

find their way back…

Bad things happen



stand by


watch in silence…




“If a society permits one portion of its citizenry to be menaced or destroyed,


very soon,

no one in that society is safe.

The forces thus released in the people can never be held in check,

but run their devouring course,

destroying the very foundations which it was imagined they would save.


But we are unbelievably ignorant concerning what goes on in our country–

to say nothing of what goes on in the rest of the world–

and appear to have become too timid to question what we are told.

Our failure to trust one another deeply enough to be able to talk to one another has become so great

that people with these questions in their hearts do not speak them;

our opulence is so pervasive that people who are afraid to lose whatever they think they have

persuade themselves of the truth of a lie,

and help disseminate it;

and God help the innocent here,

that man or woman who simply wants to love, and be loved.

Unless this would-be lover is able to replace his or her backbone with a steel rod,

he or she is doomed.

This is no place for love.

I know that I am now expected to make a bow in the direction of those millions of unremarked,

happy marriages all over America,

but I am unable honestly to do so because I find nothing whatever in our moral and social climate–

and I am now thinking particularly of the state of our children–

to bear witness to their existence.

I suspect that when we refer to these happy and so marvelously invisible people,

we are simply being nostalgic concerning the happy,


God-fearing life which we imagine ourselves once to have lived.

In any case,

wherever love is found,

it unfailingly makes itself felt in the individual,

the personal authority of the individual.

Judged by this standard,

we are a loveless nation.

The best that can be said is that some of us are struggling.

And what we are struggling against is that death in the heart which leads not only to the shedding of blood,

but which reduces human beings to corpses while they live.”                  

― James Baldwin, nothing personal

On the Ocean… K’Jon…

The moment I been waiting on
And my soul is over flowing
With anxieties and expectations
I’m full of desires
I just want it so bad
You know
And it just seem so real
It’s right there
I just want reach out and touch it
Before it all disappears

It feels like
Like everything
Is passin’ me by
Every now and then
It feels like (feels like)
My ship has gone and sailed away
But I
I gotta be strong (gotta be strong)
Gotta hold on
It won’t be too long

Now the tide is coming near
I see the waves flowing
Out there on the ocean
I know my ship is coming in
Just pass the horizon
And right where the sky ends
Cause out there on the ocean
Know my ship is coming in
So don’t leave me hanging
I’ve been waiting too long
For this moment
My ship has finally come

I would travel to the seven seas
(I will even go)
I will even go wherever the wind blows me
(I’ll do anything)
I’ll do anything to find my destiny
It’s like fightin’ with gravity
And it’s bringin’ me down
If this world is really round then tell me how
It took so long for you to come around

Now the tide is coming near
I see the waves flowing
Out there on the ocean
I know my ship is coming in (coming in baby)
Just pass the horizon
And right where the sky ends
Cause out there on the ocean
Know my ship is coming in
So don’t leave me hanging
   I’ve been waiting too long  

For this moment

My ship has finally come

Finally you come (around)
Around, around
I said finally baby

Finally you come (around)
Around, around

Finally you come around, come around baby

Finally you
Finally you come

Said finally you come around (around)

Now the tide is coming near (now the tide is coming in)
I see the waves flowing
Out there on the ocean
I know my ship is coming in (and I know my ship is coming in baby)
Just pass the horizon
(And where) And right where the sky ends
Cause out there on the ocean
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, is coming in
Been waiting too long
But this moment
My ship has finally come

Finally you come (around)
Around, around 

Let Go…

The time has come 

4 me to let go

of all the pain

all the hurt

all of it 

it’s time to let go

As much as it hurts

to close the door

I value my Peace of Mind more

no more, no more, NO MORE… 

it’s time 4 me to let go


It’s all a facade

It’s all for show

It’s time 4 me to let go

I made it this far without you

and will continue on without you

just time 4 me to let go…

did u just ask me why?

I’m tired of your games 

and your lies

your inability to apologize

did you really have to ask me why?…

that proves it right there

all of these words you did not hear

yes… It’s time to let go!