Global Green USA Moby and The Crystal Method

Global Green Oscar Party Flashbacks With Crystal Method And Moby

Wednesday February 26, 2014 at the Avalon nightclub in Hollywood marked the 11th annual Pre-Oscar Party for the 20-year strong Global Green USA, the American affiliate of Green Cross International. Eco-conscious electronic dance music superstars Moby and the Crystal Method provided the entertainment for the evening, the former with a live show, the latter with a DJ set. Depending on which tier of ticket the attendees purchased (general admission $125, bottle service with six tickets and exclusive seating $650, VIP concert with patron dinner $2,500), the evening also included a sit-down dinner with plant-based fare courtesy of Culver City’s Akasha Restaurant, known for its use of sustainable ingredients. Post-dinner was an auction led by Christie’s where guests could bid on items such as travel getaways. Also depending on which package bought was the added bonus of numerous celebrity sightings. Among these, Twilight’s Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene, Veep’s Matt Walsh, Joan Rivers, Maggie Grace, Malin Akerman, Luke Perry, Billy Zane, Ed Begley Jr., Eliza Coupe, Michelle Branch, and Alison Sudol. In keeping with Global Green’s ethos of advocating smart solution to global warming, the event was billed as one with zero-waste.

Celebrities spoke on ways in which they practice being green as they arrived on the Green Carpet. Moby, who is known for being a pro-active and very vocal environmentally conscious citizen, said, “I’ve been vegan for 26 years. I live and work in the same place so I don’t drive that often—even though I live in LA. “

“We both have [electric vehicles],” said the Crystal Method’s Scott Kirkland. “We have charging stations at the studio so we drive to work and plug our cars in to charge.”

“We also have a green rider, where we ask for a recycle bin, glasses instead of cups, biodegradable plates, real silverware,” said the Crystal Method’s Ken Jordan. “There’s not a lot we can do on the rider, but we make an effort.”

The Crystal Method is hitting the road this summer with an eye to plan their tour as far ahead in advance as possible in order to be able to move in as eco-friendly a way as possible. Kirkland jokingly mentioned they were hoping to use Willie Nelson’s bus, which runs on the artist’s own brand of farmer-supported, earth-friendly biodiesel called BioWillie. Nelson headlined Global Green’s Pre-Oscar Party last year.

Moby played his only scheduled live show of 2014 at the event. The venue’s main floor was still filled with round dinner tables and forgotten flatware and wineglasses but that didn’t stop the revelers from getting into Moby’s dialed-in performance. Flanked by a full band clad in all white with satin accents, Moby himself was in a black T-shirt and jeans, alternating between brandishing an electric guitar and smacking bongos. The set list featured crowd-pleasing numbers pulled from Moby’s extensive catalog, and at that price point, they better please. Party people bumped their hips against the tables as they threw themselves into the spirited strains of “Bodyrock” and Moby’s early rave smash, “Go,” which still hits the mark some two decades later. The flow of the set shifted smoothly from high-energy to more emotional songs, including the gorgeous “Porcelain.” Auction winners of the “ultimate Moby experience” got to dance on stage with him while Moby’s lead female vocalist and his back-up singers, The Silver Lake Chorus, brought an immeasurable warmth and depth to the entire performance. Moby gamely sang an acoustic version of “Perfect Life,” from his most recent album, The Innocents, which led to his closer, another gem from 20 years ago, the palpitating “Feeling So Real.”

At this point the Crystal Method took over the decks, transitioning the crowd to a late-night, bumping club experience. The sharply-dressed Jordan and Kirkland played a selection of upfront tracks including material from their current, self-titled album—despite the fact that the house lights were slowly being raised, probably to make sure people didn’t hurt themselves, what with the tables still being set up and clogging the dancefloor. Nevertheless, the duo ripped through the crowd with its single, “Over It” featuring Dia Frampton as well as some signature breakbeat numbers and some bass-heavy stormers.

The evening raised $20,000, and counting, for the organization, as well as bringing attention to ongoing environmental issues. --Lily Moayeri

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Killer Mike Gives Emotional Speech Urging Peaceful Protests Amid Unrest In Atlanta

Killer Mike joined T.I., and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in delivering emotional pleas to discourage ATLiens from burning the city as protests broke out on Friday (May 29) in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless victims of police brutality.

“I don’t want to be here,” began Killer Mike. “I’m the son of an Atlanta city police officer, my cousin is a police officer…I got a lot of love and respect for police officers down to the original eight [Black] police officers in Atlanta that, even after becoming police, had to dress in a YMCA because white officers didn’t want to get dressed with ni**ers. And here we are, 80 years later and I watched a white officer assassinate a Black man and I know that tore your heart out. I know it’s crippling and I have nothing positive to say in this moment because I don’t want to be here.”

The Atlanta native went on to share background on his family’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, and other social justice issues. “I’m duty-bound to be here to simply say, 'It is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with the enemy.’”

In what turned out to be another viral moment, Tip called Atlanta “Wakanda” while imploring demonstrators not to destroy the city. “Atlanta has been here for us, this city don’t deserve that. I understand that a lot of others do, but we can’t do this here, this is Wakanda. It’s sacred. It must be protected,” said the 39-year-old rapper.

Mayor Bottoms simply told protestors to simply “go home.”

“Above everything else, I am a mother to four Black children in America, one of whom is 18 years old,” she said. “When I saw the murder of George Floyd, I hurt like a mother would hurt. Yesterday, when I heard there was a rumor about violent protests in Atlanta, I did what a mother would do: I called my son and I said ‘where are you?’ I said ‘I cannot protect you and Black boys shouldn’t be out today.’ So you’re not going to out-concern me, and out care about where we are in America.

“I wear this each and every day and I pray over my children each and every day. What I see happening on the streets of Atlanta is not Atlanta. This is not a protest. This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. This is chaos.”

WATCH: "If you love this city, go home!"

— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) May 30, 2020

At the request of Mayor Bottoms, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued a state of emergency in Fulton County, and deployed 500 troops from the state's national guard.

They will deploy immediately to assist @ga_dps, @GaDNRLE, @GA_Corrections & local law enforcement who are working tirelessly to subdue unlawful activity & restore peace. We will continue to make all state resources available to local leaders during this emergency situation. (2/2)

— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) May 30, 2020

See Killer Mike's full statement below as well as photos and video of the protests.

A powerful scene in Atlanta right now, this gives me chills.

— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) May 29, 2020

More shots from Atlanta tonight

— kieron (@kieroncg) May 30, 2020

The chief of police in Atlanta talking and listening to everyone that has something to say#ATLFORUS #AtlantaProtest

— Lilly - BLACK LIVES MATTER (@joonhopekook) May 29, 2020

It’s not just Minneapolis, we are now seeing protests in cities across the country over the death of George Floyd. This is in Atlanta as some smash the glass at our downtown CNN headquarters. #GeorgeFloyd

— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) May 30, 2020

Police cars getting literally destroyed in Atlanta outside the CNN Center

— Fernando Alfonso III (@fernalfonso) May 29, 2020

Downtown Atlanta right now.... PEACEFUL PROTEST ! #BlackLivesMatter !

— KP 🦋. (@kailynnlee) May 29, 2020

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Breonna Taylor’s Family Vows To Continue Fight For Justice: “Please Keep Saying Her Name”

Breonna Taylor must not be forgotten. The family of the 26-year-old EMT who was shot and killed by Louisville police officers in March, released a statement encouraging peaceful protests and the continued fight for justice.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear read the statement from Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, on CNN on Friday (May 29).

“Breonna devoted her own life to saving other lives, to helping others, to making people smile, and to bringing people together,” the statement reads. “The last thing she’d want right now is any more violence. Changes are being made, but it’s not enough. We will not stop until there is truth, justice and accountability. Breonna’s legacy will not be forgotten. And it’s because of all of us saying her name and demanding justice. We are saying her name more each day. Thank you.

“Please keep saying her name. Please keep demanding justice and accountability, but let’s do it the right way without hurting each other. We can, and we will make some real change here. Now’s the time. Let’s make it happen.”

Seven people were shot during a protest for Taylor in Louisville on Thursday (May 28). The shooting victims were treated and are in stable condition, according to Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher. Fisher also reposted a video message from Taylor’s family urging peace amid the protests.

A message from Breonna Taylor’s family urging protestors to be peaceful, go home and keep fighting for truth.

— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) May 29, 2020

On March 13, 2020, Louisville police officers kicked in Taylor’s door without warning and opened fire. Authorities claim that they were executing a “no-knock” search warrant stemming from an alleged drug investigation involving another man who did not live in Taylor’s home, and had already been arrested.

“Police just unloaded 25 to 30 rounds, I mean they’re shooting from the front door, they’re shooting from the window, they’re shooting from the patio,” attorney Benjamin Crump told Essence on Friday. “They’re so reckless, they shoot a bullet into the next door neighbor’s apartment where their five-year-old daughter is asleep in her room. “They didn’t even have to come in her [Taylor's] apartment. They already had the person they were searching for in custody.”

Taylor’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the LMPD accusing the department of excessive force and gross negligence. In wake of Taylor’s murder going public, LMPD has changed its policy and will now require no-knock warrants to have a police chief’s signature. The department also made it mandatory for LMPD officers to wear body cameras.

A 911 call made by Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, after the shooting was made public on Thursday. “I don’t know what’s happening somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend,” Walker can be heard saying through tears. Police arrested Walker for shooting at cops whom he assumed were robbers. The charges were later dropped.

Listen to the emotional 911 call below.

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Fired Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Arrested For Murder Of George Floyd

Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested for the murder of George Floyd on Friday (May 29), Hennepin County D.A. Mike Freeman confirmed at a press conference.

“Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with murder and with manslaughter. He has been charged with third-degree murder,” said Freeman.

“There could be more charges later. The investigation is ongoing. We felt it important to focus on the most dangerous perpetrator,” Freeman said when asked if the three additional fired MPD officers will be charged in Floyd’s murder. The third-degree murder charge suggests that Chauvin had no intent to kill Floyd. If convicted, the charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years.

Chauvin's arrest follows three days of protests in an around Minneapolis. On Thursday (May 28), the MPD’s third precinct went up in flames.

The Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct has been set on fire

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) May 29, 2020

“We have never charged a case in that time frame. We can only prove a case when we have substantial evidence,” added Freeman who maintained that the timing of the arrest was a result of a final piece of evidence, although he refused to go into detail. “We have now been able to put together the evidence that we needed. Folks, I’m not gonna’ talk specifically about this piece of evidence, or that piece of evidence. You will see.”

Freeman did however state the that evidence collected in the case includes citizen video, officer body cam footage, witness statements, and a “preliminary report” from the medical examiner.

Chauvin was the officer filmed jamming his knee into Floyd’s neck as he gasped for air and pleaded, “Please! Please! I can’t breathe!”

The fatal incident unfolded on Monday (May 25) afternoon. Police were called to Cup Food grocery store after Floyd allegedly tried to use a fraudulent $20 bill. MPD claimed that Floyd resisted arrest but a security camera recording shows him walking calmly in handcuffs while being escorted to a patrol car by an MPD officer.

Video footage release by store owner who stated George did not resist arrest as stated on the police report #GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatters

— Que ™ (@RealQDaKidd) May 27, 2020

Additional footage, recorded by a teenage bystander, captured Floyd's last few minutes alive. Floyd, 46, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Chauvin may have already known Floyd as they both worked security for the Minneapolis club, El Nueva Rodeo.

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