Victory Gardens Theatre and Storycatchers Theatre Partners with Lette and Changing Voices

    On April 29, 2018 O.Z Bangaz co-directed a #performance of #StorycatchersTheatre's "Pipeline" which followed a performance of Victory Gardens' Lette. A show about a woman named Lette who struggles to find work, repair relationships with her familly and children after doing 7 years in prison and being released.

 #Theatre #Art #SocialJustice #Chicago#MUSIC #Advocacy ‬

O.Z Bangaz Featured at Hot Sauce Poetry

    On Friday April 27, 2018. O.Z Bangaz blazed the stage at Hot Sauce Poetry

O.Z Bangaz Helps Storycatchers Theatre Raise $80,000

On Apriil 21, 2018, O.Z Bangaz helped #StorycatchersTheatre to raise over $80,000 at their annual Spring Benefit. The money will go to Storycatchers' programs that teach court involved youth to consider thoughtful life choices through the process of writing, performing, and producing original musical plays that are based on personal life stories.

#CourtInvolved #SocialJustice #ArtsEducation #Chicago #Fundraising

Kennedy Forum 2018

I was blessed to be invited to perform at the 2018 Kennedy Forum with Storycatchers Theatre. I got to hear some of Chicago’s brightest and greatest talk about how they are bringing awareness to and creating solutions and legislation for issues concerning mental illness and substance abuse. It was a great experience and opportunity. I was so honored to be on the same stage as as Common and Patrick Kennedy. 

#KennedyForum #Chicago#mentalhealth #socialjustice #performanceart#StorycatchersTheatre

 #OZBangaz #Ozivell

O.Z Bangaz Wins American Famiily Insurance's 2017 Dreamers and Doers Sweepstakes

  On November 17, 2017, American Family Insurance declared O.Z Bangaz its 2017 Dreamers and Doers winner for all the good work he's been doing in marginalized communities of Chicago. O.Z stated, "I got to be in an #AmFam commercial because I #DreamFearlessly. I’m in with the #DreamersAndDoers are you? S/O to @kuumbalynx for letting us use their space for filming. I’ll keep everyone posted when the commercial comes out."

#DreamFearlessly #Winner #BecauseOfThemWeCan #Hope #MakingADifference #Leader

3 Mics Thursday Live Music Series

    O.Z Bangaz's show at the #ShapiroBallroom with #ChicagoCreed was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who came out to show love! I appreciate you dedicating your time to hear my craft!

#ImPossibleEP #OZBangaz #HipHop 

#Fans #Support #GoodMusic #RisingStar #Chicago #ShapiroBallroom #ChicagoCreed

O.Z Bangaz Performs at REFUGE LIVE - Chicago


O.Z Bangaz will be performing at the Refuge Live in Chicago with special guest on May 11, 2017. He will be performing various mixes of his EP:"I'm Possible".

Monster! Monster! Monster!

The photo was taken baskstage at Steppenwolf Theatre with members of Storycatchers Theatre and Fifth House Ensemble. The performers in the picture were waiting for the "Monster" production to end to do a post show performance and discussion about Mass Incarceration.

    O.Z Bangaz's charity: Storycatchers Theatre partnered with Steppenwolf Theatre to tour Steppenwolf's adaptation of Walter Dean Meyer's Novel: Monster to juvenile detainment facilities like the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, The Illinois Youth Center in Warrenville, and the Illinois Youth Center in Chicago. The novel and the play tells the story of Steve Harmon, a 16 year old Black male who is on trial for murder. Steve is traumatized by the experience of his incarceration and begins writing about his life and trial as if it is a screenplay.

    Storycatchers Theatre runs a program called Changing Voices that teaches court involved youth between the ages of 16 and 24 to write, perform, and produce original musical plays based on their personal life stories. The Changing Voices program is an employment program where court involved youth work 30 hours a week, making $10.50 an hour to tour their dramatized personal stories all over the City of Chicago.

    O.Z Bangaz trained Storycatchers youth and assisted steppenwolf Theatre in creating and facilitating pre and post show workshops. The collaboration was a huge success!

A Million Dollar Banging Investment for a Banging Organization.

    In October of 2016, O.Z Bangaz's charity: Storycatchers Theatre recieved a million dollar investment from the investment group "Chicago Beyond" to expand the "Changing Voices" program. Storycatchers Theatre teaches youth to consider thoughtful life choices through the process of creating, performing and producing original musical plays based on personal life stories.

    Storycatchers primarily works with court involved youth. The Changing Voices program is for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who have recently been released from a detainment facility or are court involved. They are employed in the theatre arts. The ensemble tours Chicago performing original musicals that teach and inspire audiences to understand individuals with traumatic backgrounds. The participants of the program are taught to be agents of change in their families and communities, in addition to artist.

    O.Z Bangaz has been helping Storycatchers develop youth art programs since 2003. To learn more about Storycatchers Theatre visit Click the Chicago Beyond logo above to watch the Chicago Tribune report on Chicago beyond and Storycatchers Theatre. or paste the following link in your browser.    ---->

EP Debut a Success!

    On July 29, 2016 O.Z Bangaz publicly debuted his EP "I'm Possible with a live performance for a packed house at the North Bar in Chicago. "I Can't believe the crowd was singing as many of the lyrics that they were. They've really been listening to the music." O.Z stated. i could not have asked for a better crowd or experience for the first public performance of the EP, continued O.Z Bangaz.

    For his finale, O.Z Bangaz blended lyrics from his song "I Put That On Me" with the track from "All the Way Up", creating an explosive live performance. You have to watch this talented Chicago emcee rip the mic on this song!. "This is just the beginning! we have much more coming!", declared O.Z Bangaz.

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