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Saturday March 20, 2010
Atmosphere

Atmosphere is comprised of artists who are known as Slug, Ant and (formerly)Spawn.  They came out of Minneapolis, MN -> midwest rappers? who would have thought?!  Check out their 2003 album “Sevens Travels” well known for the “Keys to Life” track: “Keys to Life” It’s like all of Franklin Avenue now sleeps upon my chest–my…

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Thursday February 25, 2010
Musician Inspiration

Throughout time, musician’s have inspired youth.  They speak (or sing if you prefer) the politics, injustice, culture, values, expectation, indifference of the generations.  Some say they speak the truth while other say they stir the pot.  The Godfather of Soul James Brown said:“Don’t terrorize. Organize. Don’t burn. Give kids a chance to learn … The real answer…

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Wednesday February 3, 2010
K’naan’s Wavin’ Flag

Wavin’ Flag by K’naan is off his Troubadour album has been chosen as the official song of next year’s World Cup in South Africa.  Born Keinan Abdi Warsame in Somalia “K’naan” means traveller in Somali.  This song is not just an anthem of the world cup but that of the youth worldwide.  “When I get older,…

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Tuesday January 19, 2010
Yéle Haiti

Wyclef Jean (award winning muscian and Goodwill Ambassador) established Yéle Haiti in 2005.  He is also a Hatian-American. Yéle Haiti’s mission is “Whether utilizing local hip-hop musicians to deliver awareness messages in forgotten neighborhoods or bringing his famous friends to Haiti to support the movement, what Wyclef radiates is profound wishes for the country.” Jean…

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Tuesday December 22, 2009
Come Alive

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive and then do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” –Harold Whitman Youth can be most effective…most engaged…most excited – when they have a passion for what they are doing.  What makes you come alive?  Is…

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Wednesday November 25, 2009
Spotlight: Jay-Z

He just won the 2009 American Music Award for Favourite Male Artist – Rap/Hip Hop. He owns a clothing line Rocaware. Co-owner of the NBA New Jersey Nets team. He once worked as the CEO of Def Jam Recordings. Shawn Carter (better known as Jay-Z) is a major role model. Not only in hip hop.…

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As a social entrepreneur, author, speaker and consultant, Michelle works with individuals and organizations across the country and internationally to educate, inspire change and create educational and outreach programs that support the community.


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