by Red Cotton
The Barre family along with Bounce Nation, a New Orleans-based nonprofit organization, bounce artists Sissy Nobby, Big Freedia and Crowd Mova Crystal as well as community activists Sess 4-5 will be holding a public rally/candlelight vigil at Nuthin’ But Fire Records to celebrate the life of Anthony Barre (December 15, 1987-November 14, 2010) known as Messy Mya.
As Messy Mya, Barre was a well-known New Orleans bounce artist, comedian and Internet video star. The 22-year-old was known for his razor sharp comedy routines and his YouTube videos, numbering more than 100, which have attracted more than a million hits worldwide.
Barre was gunned down at a block party after leaving his girlfriend’s baby shower on Sunday, November, 14. News of his tragic death traveled within minutes as onlookers snapped pictures of him lying bleeding on the ground. These horrific images were shared online on sites like Twitter and Facebook. Celebrities such as Kimora Lee-Simmons, Nicki Minaj and Chris Ocho Cinco have spoken out on Twitter about the New Orleans native’s murder and the callous, disrespectful manner the gruesome pictures were circulated in cyberspace.
“I don’t want my brother’s death to be just another unsolved homicide in New Orleans. Hundreds of people were at that party so I know somebody saw who killed him and what happened,” said his sister, Anjelle Barre, who will be speaking at the rally. “He was a talented person and loved by many. He was about to become a father. Enough is enough. Please stand with the Barre family in speaking out against my brother’s death and senseless violence.”
The vigil will be held this Friday November 19th at 4 p.m., Nuthin’ But Fire Records, 1840 N. Claiborne. The Barre family is asking that everyone in attendance wear black. For more information, call 256-2400.