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YMI Cultural Center Benefit

November 9, 2020 - December 31, 2020

We are excited to announce the Third installment of a kick off event and ongoing month-long benefit.

With a growing number of collaborators, presented by Just Bloom Together and hosted by One World Brewing!

This benefit and collaboration directly supports Black and Brown leaders, artists, and business owners in our local Asheville community; and the Black Lives Matter Movement as a whole.

The collaboration’s mission is to be a loving example of how we as a community can respect, honor, and celebrate each other’s unique gifts and voices while mutually lifting Black Asheville. The goal of the ongoing benefit is to achieve a more racially equitable and just community through actively contributing to the crowdfunding and general promotion of highlighted businesses and projects by local Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC).

On the first Thursday of each month, collaborators gather with local Black Lives Matter supporting performers and leaders to launch the month-long benefit for the chosen BIPOC business or organization.The sales of a chosen beverage found exclusively at  One World Brewing will directly fund highlighted Black leaders, artists, businesses, and projects.

Throughout the whole month, $2 of every pint of the chosen beverage is donated to the benefit, and for every crowler $4 is donated. 

This month’s benefit is particularly special because it will actually be through the end of 2020 and is the Very Asheville Brew: Ashevegas, American Pale Ale, 6.3%

The third installment of the benefit launch is Thursday, November 5th from 6pm-9pm at One World West, 520 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC. 28806! This installment’s benefit is for the YMI Cultural Center (YMICC). The YMICC is a 501c3 organization with a newly redefined mission “to promote cultural preservation and elevate Black excellence through community engagement, advocacy, leadership, development, and economic justice.”

The benefit’s launch will coincide with the YMICC Capital Campaign aimed at preserving the historic building constructed in 1893 that houses the YMI Cultural Center located at 39 South Market St, and ensures its continued capacity to serve the community while sustaining the organization’s ability to fulfill its mission’s long-term goals. The YMICC has a particular focus on youth development, so the performers of the kick off event include several local Black Asheville youth:  Nina Gi,  The ONEMic Studio Initiative , and Music for the Movement including YMICC board member and local Black producer Nex Millen will be performing a live DJ set.

We are honored to add to a list of talented previous collaborators including  Different Wrld , JAWBREAKING , DJ Strongmagnumopus, Mike Martinez , DJ lil Meow Meow , and DJ Phantom Pantone . We are excited to have the YMI Cultural Center, Nex Millen, The ONEMic Studio Initiative, Nina Gi, and Hamilton Media Design join this ongoing community effort.

The Collaborators In-Depth

YMI Cultural Center (YMICC): A 501c3 tax-exempt organization with over a 100 year history of serving and promoting Black culture in Asheville, NC. YMICC elevates Black communities through cultural, economic, and leadership activities. It is an incubator for Black businesses in Asheville that includes a rentable co-working space, gallery, auditorium, conference room for businesses and community activities. Located in the heart of the historically Black business district commonly known simply as: The Block; it is a hub for cultural events and youth initiatives. 39 South Market St., Asheville, NC 28801. To learn more about how you can become involved with YMICC, rent the space at 39 South Market St. Asheville, NC 28801 or give a donation visit  call 828-257-4540, or follow them on multiple social media platforms.

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Nex Millen: An Asheville, NC-based DJ and emcee. He is also an accomplished music producer, and Hip Hop scholar. His esteemed knowledge of Hip Hop culture is sought after by colleges and universities for speaking engagements and teaching residencies. After relocating to Asheville from Philadelphia in 2015, he partnered with LEAF Community Arts and became an appreciated addition to lead their ONEmic studio and EMErgence (Electronic Music Education) programs, where his passion for teaching Hip Hop culture and its relevance to daily life is passed on to the youth who need it most.To learn more or inquire about bookings contact [email protected] and follow him on multiple social media platforms.

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To directly financially support this artist: CashApp $NexMillen

Additional The ONEMic Studio Initiative Performers: This group of Asheville youth just dropped their EP Music for the Movement, Vol. 1(LEAF Records) this year and so honored to join us are some of the members you can follow on Instagram including: The Verse , Virtuous (who also debuted her music video Set My Mind at this year’s Asheville Music Awards!) and The Secret Hype Man . Their album is available on Spotify  Apple Music YouTubeMusic YouTube

To directly financially support these artists:

The Verse: Venmo @The-Verse CashApp $THEVERSE

Virtuous: Cash App $virtuous14

Secret Hype Man: Cash App $SecretHypeMan

Nina Gi: Born in Newark, NJ & raised in Asheville, NC, Nina Gi is making their way as a singer/songwriter. Since a young child, finding ways to inspire has been prominent. From the beginning of curating fashion looks [as a form of self expression] to starting a lifestyle blog with friends & old podcasts, Nina sought to music as it began to slowly reveal itself through their journey. Nina Gi has been recording music for a little over a year, debuting their first single, Frustrated (October 2019). Their music conveys feelings of past physical & emotional experiences, vowing empathy & healing to listeners & viewers alike. If you’re looking for a different vibe, Nina Gi is your wave.  To learn more or inquire about bookings go to call 828-242-6176 and follow them on multiple social media platforms.

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To directly financially support this artist: Venmo: @itsboynina Cashapp: $plantbae And PayPal: [email protected]

Just Bloom Together: An Asheville, NC-based business that strives to be a conduit for a greater equitable community.They organize and promote businesses and projects with similar missions in a collaborative and mutually beneficial way, so that they all can literally: Just Bloom Together! They offer various services including wardrobe and bridal styling, event planning and promotion, and one-on-one strategic business coaching. To learn more or inquire about their services visit call 828-280-5934, and follow them on multiple social media platforms.

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