On October 19th, 2009 Judith Orea Ojeda passed away at 32 from a tramatic unexpected illness that deteriorated her brain, leaving behind her husband Antonio Gonzalez and 6 children ranging from the ages 5-17 years old.
Tonight a special gathering will take place to celebrate Judy's life at Minneapolis' 414 Soundbar. A celebration representing who Judy was and how she liked to express herself in good times; a night with family and friends, listening to Hip-Hop music and representing the community she belonged to.
Ojeda had been working in the Twin Cities as a health access coordinator for the Neighborhood House in St. Paul, but I had the honor to know Judy personally as a mentor, big-sis on the block, and a friend through her advocacy work for teens, human and immigration rights. Judy was also a proud Latina family business owner of the "MexaRican Cartel," which was a record and souvenir shop bridging many Urban youth from the Twin Cities area through Hip-Hop and Latino music. Her and husband Tony named the store after her being Mexican and him being of Puerto Rican decent. Along with investing and promoting shows at Twin Cities' venues for well-known Latino Hip-Hop artist like Baby Bash, Chingo Bling, Cuban Link and Juan Gotti, Judy always made sure to show love to the local Hip-Hop acts who came by the shop, by giving them an opportunity to be an opening act.
"Judy will surely be missed as a true devoted fan of our music," expressed South Minneapolis rapper Big Wiz of Long Doe Records who will be performing at the event tonight. " Judy always offered us shows and she was never interested in taking anything from anyone she helped out. She just wanted to respect and keep pushing the movement for better opportunities to come for the artist she supported. She did it to express her love."
Another feature of the event happening tonight is a special performance by Judy's son 15 year-old Young Outlaw aka. Antonio Gonzalez Jr.
"She was really happy and very encouraging when she saw me focusing on music," Antonio Jr. shared with family and friends during last month's eulogy at the funeral. "I'm going to keep on doing my best...it's what she would want me to do."
If you're looking for something fun and gererous to get involved with tonight, I ask that you support this event showcasing live performances by Jes Latino, Juan Gotti,Young Outlaw,The St Paul Kings, Player City, Dj Pablo and DJ Fresko. Food will be provided and a special raffle including a trip for two to Las Vegas sponsored by the Country Bar and Grill. $20.00 entry 18+.
Judy was a woman of pride and determined to be the best that she could be. She led and now leaves her legacy to beloved husband Antonio Gonzalez along with 3 daughters (Tacita, Thalia, and Carmen), and 3 sons (Tony Jr, Jesus and Noah Gonzalez).
Thank you Judy for being one of my biggest supporters. For giving me some of my first opportunities to express on the mic, to perform what I wanted to express on stage along with keeping the community close. We will continue to march pa'lante and shout "si se puede." You believed in us and we will grow to learn and share our blessings just like you did. Moochie Love ma y Descansa en Paz Mrs. MexaRican.
The Neighborhood House have set up a fund to help assist Judy's family with funeral and other expenses.
Please Make Checks Payable To:
Judy Ojeda Memorial Fund
C/O Neighborhood House
179 Robie Street East
Saint Paul, MN 55207
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