Young artists from Richmond, CA have something to say and the RYSE Youth Center provides support in elevating youth voices in meaningful ways. Street Literature is the result of young folks coming together to share the impact that the deaths of individuals such as Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, and Israel Hernandez have had on them. Tired of being ignored, silenced, judged, and criminalized, these youth decided to voice their thoughts on how they are viewed and treated in our larger society. Using hip-hop music as a tool for self expression, these young artists have demonstrated the courage to speak their minds, to make the world see them for who they really are, and to emerge as young leaders in the effort to transform both their own community and communities like Richmond, CA around the world.

Song is available for sale on iTunes.


Kai Jewel$, Peeps, Young D, DonBlak, Black Geisha, Simply Nicole


Gemikia Henderson (Director / Camera), Chito Floriano (Editor / Camera), Mark Oltmanns (Co-editor / Camera), Xavier “Da KiDD AOB” Polk (Mixed & Mastered), M.A. Da Pilot (Producer)

Special thanks to the RYSE Center (


  • Kimberly Aceves

    Thank you Matthew for sharing this. We’re so proud of the young people at RYSE who chose music and art as an outlet for their pain, anger and frustration.

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Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams is a filmmaker and media educator who has recently transplanted to Oakland from Los Angeles. He believes that you are what you eat and feels everyone should have a multitude of dietary options for self-realization. Matthew is the Educational Technologist at KQED.

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