Tell me the story behind launching Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center.
Back in the day, I was one of the early pioneers of Colorado Hip-Hop. I was the Dj for a group called, The Legion of Doom. In the early 90s, black communities had an increase in gangs, drugs, and violence. This started in Los Angeles. Colorado began emulating and taking on more of the violent culture of Los Angeles. We moved from conscious Hip-Hop to aggressive gangster rap. At this point, I decided to leave the music industry and create what is now called Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center. I wanted to build a community that utilizes art and culture as a way to reach our youth, and get them positively involved in the community. If used right, music and culture have always been a way to reduce violence.
Interview By Brandon Bornes, The Editor In Chief.
Brother Jeff's Denver Recommendations
BLACK AMERICAN WEST MUSEUM HERITAGE CENTER
3091 CALIFORNIA ST. DENVER, CO 80205 | (720) 242-7428 | BAWMHC.ORG
Since its founding in 1971, the Black American West Museum and Heritage enter has made history come alive for scores of visitors. Maintaining the tradition of carefully preserved artifacts and hands-on educational programs requires the support of many contributors. Museum membership offers you the exclusive opportunity to be part of this tradition.
BLAIR-CALDWELL AFRICAN AMERICAN RESEARCH LIBRARY
2401 WELTON ST. DENVER, CO 80205 | (720) 865-2401 | HISTORY.DENVERLIBRARY.ORG/BLAIR
This is a museum and research library that preserves and showcases the many contributions African Americans made to Colorado and the West.
CLEO PARKER ROBINSON DANCE
119 PARK AVE W, DENVER, CO 80205 | (303) 295-1759 | CLEOPARKERDANCE.ORG
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Studio (CPRD) influences the universal language of dance by honoring African American heritage. Through dance, we explore the human condition, and offer a transformative experience through physical movement. CPRD is a cultural ambassador that infuses vitality, innovation, and education in every community they touch; around the corner and around the globe.
JUSTINA LAURENA FORD | PEDIATRIC MEDICINE
BORN: JANUARY 22, 1871, KNOXVILLE, IL – DIED: OCTOBER 14, 1952, DENVER, CO
Dr. Justina Laurena Ford challenged and overcame gender and racial barriers in her medical career Dr. Justina Laurena Ford became the first African American woman recognized as a licensed physician that practiced in Colorado. Ford challenged and overcame gender and racial barriers in her medical career. Just two years before her death, 1950, she was still the only black woman physician in Colorado. Ford was quoted saying “when all the fears, hate, and even some death is over, we will really be brothers as God intended us to in this land. This I believe. For this I have worked all my life.”
ED DWIGHT | NASA PILOT & FINE ARTS SCULPTOR
ED DWIGHT STUDIOS, INC. | 3824 DAHLIA STREET DENVER, COLORADO 80207 | (303) 329-9040 | EDDWIGHT.COM
Ed was chosen as the first African American Nasa pilot in the 1960s. Ed Dwight, a man whose resume reads: former Air Force Test Pilot, America’s First African American Astronaut Candidate, IBM Computer Systems Engineer, Aviation Consultant, Restaurateur, Real Estate Developer and Construction Entrepreneur; best described as a true renaissance man. Dwight succeeded in all these varied careers. However, for the last 40 years, Ed has focused his direction on the Fine Arts. The Arts included are gallery paintings & sculptures, large-scale memorials, and public art projects. Dwight’s art career began in 1978. After attaining his MFA in sculptures, from the University of Denver, Dwight became a prolific and insightful sculpture in America.