On Saturday March 25th, over 300 community members joined S.O.S. at our annual “Stop Shooting. Start Living.” Talent Show at P.S. 289 in Crown Heights. Community members of all ages were joined by volunteers, politicians and partner Cure Violence sites to support local talent and to promote peace in the community.

Violence Interrupter Kevin Williams served as the MC for the afternoon along with his teacup Pomeranian, Simba, keeping the energy level high throughout the day. Talented performers of all ages stormed the stage singing, rapping, playing musical instruments, modeling, dancing, stepping, and reciting spoken word poetry. Many performances celebrated the joy and energy in our communities, while others addressed the effects of gun violence and the importance of the work S.O.S. and others are doing to make change.

The S.O.S. team also held a moving tribute honoring Lavon “Boo” Walker (sip), founding member of S.O.S. Crown Heights, and his family. Anthony Newerls spoke a few words in regards to Lavon and the lasting legacy he left behind. To continue to support Lavon’s Legacy and honor his work for peace, please consider contributing here.

Thank you to our wonderful partners and performers: DJ Annie Red, Fully Focus Dance Crew, Negus Adayemi, Dirty Spoons, The Wright brothers, Veronica, Walkie, Jashir Crawford, Dwight Young, The Fearless Steppers, Robert David, Migos, Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.), and the entire S.O.S. Brooklyn team!

Additionally, we want to thank everyone whose support made this event possible: P.S. 289 George V. Brower, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Senator Jesse Hamilton, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation, Sills Family Foundation, New York Community Trust, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Cure Violence Chicago, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygeine, Fully Focused Dance Crew, Tashma Davidson, News 12 Brooklyn, BRIC Arts Media, Sina Basilia Photography,  Taylor-Made Productions, DJ Ralph McDaniels, Video Music Box, The Fresh Air Fund, The Legal Aid Society, KIPP AMP Middle School, S.O.S. volunteers, and those who have raised and supported each of the young artists who performed.

For more details, check out News 12 coverage of the Talent Showcase or find more photos in our S.O.S. Talent Show Facebook album.