On Saturday, March 22nd, the auditorium at P.S. 289 was filled with people of all ages to watch the performers in the Third Annual Stop Shooting Start Living Talent Show. The show featured 24 acts performing a variety of talents – singing, rapping, dancing, spoken word, and more. As audience members arrived, they were able to listen to a performance from the jazz band of local middle school KIPP AMP. 

The KIPP AMP jazz band

Outreach Workers Derick Scott and Lavon Walker led the crowd through the rest of the show, which contained praise dances, a drum line, break dancing, poetry, step, singing, and many other performances. Throughout the afternoon, anti-violence messages spread throughout the event, which was free and open to the community. Audience members were led in chants of “Guns down, peace up!” and waved orange towels that said on them “Stop Shooting, Start Living.”

Throughout the night, audience members won raffle prizes generously donated from Bend and Bloom Yoga, Fine Fare, Nimba Cafe, Dr. Margaret Rose DeCruz, SoulKofa Catering, Veggies Natural Juice Bar, Crowd Goes Wild (FOX Sports 1), Chavela’s, Barboncino, Cobble Hill Cinemas, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, PX Legrand Sales and Marketing, and LeFrak Lakefront at Prospect Park.

The show was coordinated by Anthony Newerls and co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Blizzards youth organization. The show would not have been possible without support from the beautiful Crown Heights community. Thank you to P.S. 289, photographer Andrew Hinderaker, our S.O.S. volunteers, and to everyone who came out and enjoyed the show!