Beats for Books
Hip-hop concert to benefit school in Ethiopia
By Nicole Wildman 8/10/09
What do coffee farmers in third world countries have to do with hip-hop? Everything, in the eyes of Rachel Lipscomb of Traverse City, who is helping to organize a Beats for Books concert benefit held at InsideOut Gallery of Traverse City, this Sunday.
Currently working in the café at Oryana, Rachel, 25, went to school for photography. Shes done a lot of traveling, including being part of a delegation to Chiapas, Mexico, along with staff from Higher Grounds Trading Company of Traverse City, for a project to provide water to the community.
My experiences have helped me to strongly believe in social and economic justice, Lipscomb says. These beliefs have materialized in the form of Beats for Books, a benefit to raise funds to build a school in Yrgacheffe, Ethiopia, a project which Chris Treter of Higher Grounds has been working on for a few years.