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Local DJ's Spin to Beat Violence

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It's the same sad song to a different tune here in Augusta, rally organizers say -- the rise in crime, particularly in Urban communities. Bernette Moment says seeing the crimes on the news sparked something in her.

"you know when I see that... It just -- sometimes it makes me wanna cry," she tells News Channel 6's Tyrone McCoy.

Instead of the tears, Moment got a group of DJ's to attack the violent trend in Augusta-Richmond County her way through prayer, spoken word and hip hop music.

Moment adds, "you know people label rappers -- hip hop as a means of violence. So, you know, we want to correct that."

Organizers say that having young people like this young man performing right behind me is exactly what this rally is about."

15 year old Anthoney Parker is one of several DJ's performing. Parker says the tough economic times are weighing heavily on the Garden City and youth his age aren't excluded.

He explains, "people now days don't care who they kill or who they still from. It don't matter who they do it from."

He says events like this rally could bring the community together for something meaningful -- to save our city.
And Moment says she shares his feelings.

"It's not about violence, it's not about who's better than who. It's about getting along and if we could have everybody just get along, then it would be a better place," Moment adds.

Organizers say this is the first of many more anti-violence rallies involving hip hop to come. For more information about the group, On the Grind DJ's,

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