As Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons and Actor, Hip Hop Mogul & Artist, and Producer LL Cool J, launched their new anti-violence project at Ricker’s Island Prison in New York City, Playwright, Hip Hop Artist, Songwriter and Law Enforcement Officer, Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira met with officials of Rio de Janeiro’s Mayor Eduardo Paes to share his “Cops and Robbers” project. It has been presented to jail inmates and youth groups in the United States as a way to curb violence and teenage sex trafficking through drama therapy.
Sharing the single from his E.P. “Believe,”
“It was great meeting with Piper to talk about the project,” said Luna Juliana International Relationships Advisor of EixoRio Institute that promotes urban culture and arts for Rio de Janeiro.
Piper, an Alameda County Sheriff Deputy, who grew up in Oakland, CA which has received notoriety for violence following the Oscar Grant officer involved shooting, the Occupy Movement, among other violent incidents, hopes “Cops and Robbers” non-violence message, based on his 17 character one man show, will spread to inner cities across the world.
“One of my highest hopes is that “Cops and Robbers” increases dialogue between people especially media, police and inner-city communities,”
Piper, who is visiting Rio de Janeiro, his father’s birthplace, released his “three strikes” against violence and sex trafficking:
The regular run of “Cops and Robbers” the play will be August 8- September 13 at the Marsh Theater in Berkeley, weekends only, to accommodate Piper’s work schedule at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department in Oakland, CA.
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EixoRio Institute is an articulation platform created by the Mayor’s Office in Rio de Janeiro to accelerate social, economical and cultural development in North and West zones. The articulation is done by the coordination of actions and through integrated solution creation for and with the streets, in partnership with Public Secretaries, and Municipal organs. Our proposal is to amplify the dialog between people that live in those regions and the Municipal Government, also stimulating the urban scene and diverse local artistic manifestations.
- It’s hard to dialog with the streets only through Governmental public policies. I decided to create this Institute because I felt that lack of dialog, this will now be amplified. The Core will have a task: to lead and intermediate communication between the street and us- explains the Mayor, Eduardo Paes.
President of EixoRio, rapper Marcello Dughettu emphasizes that art it’s the axis to lead all implemented projects.
-We will give voice to young people in the suburbs, support their talent and stimulate their belief on their own potential. We want the people that live in North or West zones to speak up for themselves. It’s not about only painting walls, we need to know what are the true necessities in each of those places- clarifies.
About Pipedreamz Entertainment
PIPEDREAMZENT is a theater, music, and film production company lead by Jinho “the Piper” Ferreira. PIPEDREAMZ strives to give the world diverse, dynamic and distinctive art.
The Piper is a rapper, actor, and screenwriter from Oakland, California. He is one-third of Flipsyde, an alternative hip hop band that has toured internationally with artists such as Snoop Dogg, The Black Eyed Peas, Akon, The Game, Busta Rhymes, etc. Flipsyde has written anthems for the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics. The band continues to enjoy several song placements in television and film as well as sporting events.
Co-authoring a book with his wife, educator, Dr. Dawn Williams Ferreira, “Cops and Robbers: Past Present and Future,” Piper released his “three strikes against violence and sex trafficking”
Though Piper is not a stranger to the stage, “Cops and Robbers” is his first venture into theater. The ingenuity of his play lead him to being selected as a scholarship recipient for a performance workshop with Anna Deavere Smith at the Yerba Buena Arts Center.