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Established on Jan, 2012
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"Commentary: Honoring the Resilience of Survivors of Disaster"

It has been heartbreaking to watch the news lately. Across Oklahoma, families are still struggling to pull their lives back together after tornadoes ripped through their towns. Dozens of others are coping with the greatest loss of all — their loved ones. Meanwhile, some folks on the Atlantic coast are continuing to recover from Superstorm Sandy. Others in California and Colorado are facing the aftermath of out-of-control wildfires. No one should have to face that kind of devastation. We’ve just seen too many disasters.
In honor of these brave survivors, Green For All is proud to release a new music video, “Ima Push,” by hip-hop artist Gallo, the winner of our 2013 Dream Reborn Song Competition. The song is about finding a way to go on when you think you’ve got nothing left to give.
It’s not just survivors of the storms that are digging deep to keep putting one foot in front of the other. All across America — and especially in communities of color and low-income neighborhoods — people are feeling squeezed by shrinking paychecks, scarce jobs and debilitating health problems. And as some of our leaders continue to pretend that climate change isn’t even happening, those of us fighting for clean air and water are digging deep, too. For instance, President Obama recently released his climate action plan that includes real and effective solutions that will help fight climate change. But it’s up to us to make sure those on the frontlines feel the effects of positive change.
We have to keep fighting, because it’s the only way forward. Protecting our communities has never been more urgent. That means fighting pollution — by standing up to the fossil fuel industries. It also means making our neighborhoods more resilient by investing in infrastructure that will minimize the damage of floods, hurricanes, drought and disasters. And it means creating economic resilience, too.
We can transform our neighborhoods into places with clean air and water and abundant jobs. We can make sure they bounce back quickly from storms, unemployment and economic distress. It won’t be easy, but we can do it. We already are — clean energy is creating three times as many jobs per dollar invested as fossil fuels. And people of color are leading the way, building thriving green businesses that benefit people and the planet.
At Green For All, we believe this vision is the natural progression of the dream Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had for America. That’s why it’s so fitting that the winner of this year’s Dream Reborn Song Competition is all about resilience — Gallo’s song “Ima Push” is all about surviving, bouncing back and doing better.
As a father working to support a family, Gallo knows first hand what it means to dig deep. And as someone who struggles with asthma, he knows why clean air is important and why standing up to big polluters matters.
I’m inspired by Gallo and all of the other hardworking folks who are giving everything they’ve got to create a better world. So I’m going to push harder than ever to make sure that my daughter — and all of our kids and grandkids — live in communities that are healthier, more just and more resilient. Ima push. -

"Rapper Leans Green"

A struggling rapper from Gilbert recently won a national song competition for keeping it positive.

The underlying theme of the song called "Ima Push" is one of concern for the environment, global warming and green-friendly thinking.

Call it environmentally friendly rap.

The slick video, produced partly in Pennsylvania, was backed by the California nonprofit Green for All, a group that focuses on issues of green living and environmental sustainability in minority communities.

Every year the group hosts the Dream Reborn song competition. This year's winner was rapper Gordon Nance, who goes by the stage name Gallo (of the rooster variety, not the wine).

The video was shot by director Ryan Dexter and included locations in New York, Bethlehem and the Poconos. Unfortunately, the scenes from the Poconos didn't make the final cut of the nearly five-minute-long music video.

The song, according to Green for All, "is about resilience, and the video is dedicated to the survivors of recent disasters like the tornadoes in Oklahoma, Superstorm Sandy, and wildfires in California."

Nance has been looking for a leg up in the music business, and the video's national promotion, as well as the $1,000 prize that went with it, has been a boost to the 30-year-old rapper.

"I got love for rap and artistry," he said. "I found a way to do it positive."

Bronx roots
Nance has been able to perform at a music festival in Allentown and other venues in the region, sometimes opening for major acts.

It's a rap career grown in the Poconos, though he was born and raised for much of his life in the Bronx. He's not chasing Jay-Z style success; his dreams are more modest.

"The goal is to live off of this full time," he said.

Previous stints at day jobs were unsatisfying, though doing electrical work for companies like Wal-Mart and other places along the East Coast helped him pay the bills. He says it's been a struggle since he gave up work to pursue his music full time.

A self-described nerd who likes to play video games, Nance started his hip-hop music career with beats he cobbled together using a VCR, a Roland drum machine and an audio program running off a beat-up PC.

"I've always had a passion for making music," he said. "I was determined to make music."

Nance spent his early years studying music and playing instruments, but it was the spare equipment he found in the basement of his home at A Pocono Country Place that he used to make his earlier tracks.

He had moved to the Poconos when he was just a teen. He admitted his new neighborhood in A Pocono Country Place had elements that reminded him of his north Bronx home on Metropolitan Avenue, but he steered clear of those negative influences.

"I like A Pocono Country Place. It's a nice private area. It's a completely different world," he said.

Unheard talent
"Push" originally came to light as a song Nance was trying to sell to sports networks. The motivational aspect took an environmental turn when a producer friend Jerzy Brown, told Nance to enter the Frequent-C produced song into a contest for Green for All.

"To have this opportunity where I stay positive, is incredible for me," Nance said.

He's created his own slogan or movement as he calls it, PEM, which stand for Positive Energy Movement.

His single "Ima Push" is available on iTunes and on YouTube at

Now, while taking care of his 4-year-old daughter, Nance said he will continue to expand on his rap bona fides even though there's not much local support.

"There really is not a hip-hop community or venue in the Poconos," he said, adding that he's come across a few rap label executives who own homes here.

Still, there are plenty of rap artists following individual paths in the area.

"People don't really get the opportunity out here," he said. "There's a lot of talent that's unheard." - Pocono Record

"All Press"

Gallo Locknez has been interviewed on Shade 45 on DJ Statik Selektah show, 950lounge, Trap House Rocks, The Rejectz Show, WPTS FM and WAMO FM radio. Print media includes The Pocono Record, The Express Times and Lehigh Valley Live newspapers ,Whirl Magazine and a online interview on -


GALLO has three full length album to date with a new EP coming out this summer all on itunes, spotify, Amazon, Google Play




Gallo Locknez is a positive independent hip hop artist/producer from Pittsburgh PA. with all clean music .All music can be heard at  Recent accomplishments include working with the NBA doing game recap videos that have totaled over 5.2 million views in the last two months and have featured a song on titled “NBA Rooks” and is featured on NBA focus, with music production for Fox TV, NFL, and Speed TV.

GALLO also has worked with super producer Rocwilder, artist Wiz Khaika, Keith Murray, Twisted Insane, Masspike Miles, Freeway, Lil Zane, Whitney Peyton,, C-Tru, Vee Tha Rula, Lady Luck and international DJ Swissivory.  

Gallo Locknez has been interviewed on Shade 45 on DJ Statik Selektah show, 950lounge, Trap House Rocks, The Rejectz Show, WPTS FM and WAMO FM radio. Print media includes The Pocono Record, The Express Times and Lehigh Valley Live newspapers ,Whirl Magazine and a online interview on 

Gallo Locknez  has opened up for Snow tha Product, Waka Flacka, Black Milk and Kutt Calhoun. He has performed in many venues, schools and events all across the east from Pittsburgh PA, Philadelphia PA, Scranton PA, Allentown PA, Bethlehem PA, Newark NJ, Harlem NY, Brooklyn NY, Manhattan NY, Bronx, NY  to the south east Atlanta GA,  Jacksonville FL, Miami FL, West Palm Beach FL, Ft Lauderdale FL.

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