Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira of the internationally known musical group “Flipsyde”
Piper joins with David Lopez, his band mate from “Flipsyde”
In addition to playing all the roles including “Emma Insti’Gator of “I Start It News,” Piper does all the voices in the crowd scenes as well in the innovative work that examines the often dysfunctional relationship between media, law enforcement and the Black community. “Cops and Robbers-The Audio Experience” hearkens to theater of the mind and Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” as the “Anna Deavere Smith” of “Hip Hop” executes his play with precision and passion for a raw street experience in the vortex of good and evil, who’s right and who’s wrong in split second human choices when the moral compass is shifted or destroyed.
“Piper and Dawn have truly flipped the script for good with this artistic work that will surely bring healing to our communities across the nation, and for that matter the world, for those who choose to listen,” said Larry Batiste, Grammy Award Nominating Singer/ Producer and Musical Director for the Pre-Grammy Show for more than a decade. “It’s amazing to see how Piper’s talent has evolved since a chance meeting at my studio that resulted in “Flipsyde”
The depth of Piper’s new project is phenomenal. With credits that include writing songs used as themes for the 2006 Winter Olympics and 2008 Summer Olympics, songs that have charted in the top ten internationally, and appearances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, performing in collaboration with The Black Eyed Peas, Snopp Dog, Akon, Piper not only collaborated with his bandmate to create “Cops and Robbers, The E.P.,” he worked with his wife and creative soul mate, Educator and Mental Health Advocate, Dawn Williams Ferreira, Ph.D to write the book, “Cops and Robbers, The Past, The Present and a Future.”
The book that includes curricula brings solution focused answers to the emotions that were stirred up by the play “Cops and Robbers” that was originally directed by couple Amy Zins and Lew Levinson (Zins, the former director of the Oakland Film Office currently teaches at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, is the marketing director for Reel Directory and is a consultant with 32Ten Studios in San Rafael; and Levinson, also an actor and Chairman of the Laney College Theater Arts Department for more than 30 years, has produced and directed over 40 full-length college, community, and professional plays.) See a review of the play: (http://www.wrightnow.biz/
“Cops and Robbers” takes the reader along a journey of why an internationally known rapper became a law enforcement officer, the love Piper and Dawn have for each other, the challenges of raising their three children in one of Oakland’s roughest neighborhoods, how each character was conceived and developed and how to process the curricula that helps overcome PTSS, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, as described by Dr. Joy DeGruy.
An Oakland native, Piper says the “Cops and Robbers” title comes from the childhood game that gave an early sense of what is good and what is evil, but as one becomes more sophisticated, the moral equilibrium can be flipped so to speak when lines of morality are consciously blurred. “Bringing not only light to the issue of violence in America, but being a solution, being the change we want to see, is at the core of my and Dawn’s life’s work,” said Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira, Law Enforcement Officer, Playwright, Writer, Rapper, and Founder of Pipedreamz Entertainment. The book that provides tools for gang prevention organizations, law enforcement and "must a read" for people interested in change in inner cities in can be found on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/
“The San Francisco Black Film Festival is all about healing, dialogue, and thinking for change and so we are pleased to add Piper and Dawn’s work in our schedule of events, June 12-15, during the Juneteenth Weekend, said Kali O’Ray, San Francisco Black Film Festival Executive Director. “We have a series of music video’s and Flipsyde’s ‘Believe’ (http://youtu.be/
“Piper will be a special guest at our kickoff Happy Hour Mixer, 6:00-8:30 p.m. June 6th at Parliament, 811 Washington Street in Oakland for our California Music Summit Conference, also over the Juneteenth Weekend, June 13-15, “said Tracy L. Reed, Founder of TraMai Entertainment. “What we so appreciate about Piper is, he performs for change, not just for appearances. His recent performance at Santa Rita prison is indicative of his bringing solutions through drama therapy and empathy training where they are most needed. As the saying goes, don’t just talk about it be about it.” He is about change. Along with the San Francisco Black Film Festival, we are pleased to highlight Piper’s work at the CMIS.”
Piper speaks about his new project: http://youtu.be/
For more information about upcoming events, scheduling “Cops and Robbers” drama therapy and empathy training, and contacting the “Cops and Robbers” team, visit www.pipedreamzent.com. (Discretion is advised. "Cops and Robbers" is for mature audiences).
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