Min. King-x is available to speak or perform in a variety of capacities.
Born in Oakland, California, in the mid-‘70s, Min. King-x came of age during the crack era, and did hard time in California’s now defunct youth prison system, the California Youth Authority. In the 90’s Min. King-x became a registered rapper with Highside Records. After six years in the federal prison system and 18 years in the most notoriously violent prisons in the California prison system, Min. King-x, William E. Brown aka Pyeface was released from California state prison in July 2019. PyeFace, as he was most known by his fellow prisoners, was, and continues to be, a principal peacemaker under the guise of the Agreement to End Hostilities, inside the walls and out.
While in Pelican Bay State Prison, Min. King-x birthed into existence an anti-hostilities group called K.A.G.E., Kings Against Genocidal Environments, now known as Kings and Queens Against Genocidal Environments, or United KAGE Brothers and Sisters International Union. This group, inspired by the Prisoners Human Rights Movements’ Agreement to End All Hostilities, promotes peace as the ‘new cool’ and challenges CDCr’s divide and conquer mentality. Through arts and culture, K.A.G.E. advocates for safety and violence prevention, and against cultural genocide.
Its focal points include The Government's use of taxpayers' resources to wage war on a segment of the U.S. population, evidenced by cutting back on welfare, privatization of public housing and land grab schemes, privatization of public education, immigration policies, privatization of basic health care, building prisons and the expanding incarceration of millions of African and Latino youth. K.A.G.E. addresses how these deficiencies within society erode the very foundation of humanity and continue to divide “us” as a people.
Min. King-x is particularly commited to bringing the realities of prison to the youth using pop-culture, or, as he puts it, “bringing substance to hip hop.” He has developed a proposal to estalish an afterschool program titled Lil K.A.G.E., for which he is seeking support. (Contact Min. King to learn more about this project.)
Min. King is also a certified mediation facilitator through the Alternatives to Violence program.
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WATCH clip from a No Joke Theater performance that Min. King-x wrote, (called Playing my Strike - inspired by the Agreement to End All Hostilities) directed and performed in, at California State Prison-Calipatria. (Click here for the full video) https://vimeo.com/365146387
Click to LISTEN: I am George Jackson of RAPP: Serious
Click to LISTEN: July 25, 2019 Interview on Prison Focus Radio
April 26, 2015 San Francisco BayView Article: ‘I contribute to peace,’ A pledge to end hostilities inside and out - Written by Min. King and Jesse Perez
May 10, 2018 Article: Thotz from Thoz Mprisond: When You Gang Bang - Written by Min. King for the youth
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