Can Krump Stop the Violence?

by Winston "Stone" Ford

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Forget Chicken Noodle Soup, “gettin’ dumb,” and Wu-Tang. Krumping whoops them all. If you don’t know what Krumping is, then do yourself a favor and rent the Rize documentary and get back to me. For those who do know what’s going on, then you should definitely check out the Krump events that are happening all week long in DC.

Not only are they showcasing Krump dancing (with LA’s award winning Krump Kings), but the people who are putting on these events are concerned citizens hoping to stop the tide of youth crime that is happening in DC right now. Even though we might disagree about whether this current “crime wave” is an epidemic, we all know that something is wrong when 12 year old kids turn to violence.

The series of events, entitled “Da Souls of Black Folk Week,” started yesterday and continues through Saturday afternoon. In addition to the Krump Kings performance, the week will include African dance/Krump workshops, lectures, and a performance by West African percussion orchestra Farafina Kan.

More information can be found at The Full schedule is after the jump.

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Krump/African Dance Class Workshop

Howard University Blackburn Center – West Ballroom

Workshop – 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Workshop Fee: $25 general – $15 students

Pre-registration available at

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Krump/African Dance Class Workshop

Morgan State University McKeldin Center – Alice Parham Ballroom

Workshop – 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Workshop Fee: $25 general – $15 students

Pre-registration available at

Thursday, September 7, 2006

Panel Discussion – Black Dance, Non-Violence & Community

Howard University Blackburn Center Art Gallery

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Friday, September 8, 2006

The Healing Circle Concert featuring Farafina Kan & The Krump Kings

Howard University Cramton Auditorium

Doors Open 6:00 pm – Showtime 7:30 pm

$25 general admission, $18 students and $15 for children under 12

Tickets available exclusively through Ticketmaster

Saturday, September 9, 2006

Stop the Violence and Dance: A Street Dance Showcase

12 noon – 5 pm

University of the District of Columbia Gymnasium – Building 47

4200 Connecticut Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20008

Metro’s Redline Van Ness Stop

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