Usher’s UNL: Music Icon Mentors Thousands of Teens to Success
 by TheBurtonWire
Fifteen years ago, 20-year-old Usher and his mother, Jonetta Patton, devised a plan they hoped could provide at least 10 teens per year with invaluable experiences and opportunities they couldn’t get elsewhere.

The soft spoken, best-selling artist’s vision blossomed into Usher’s New Look (UNL), a nonprofit organization that instills in youth that talent, career, service and education are essential tools for developing into global leaders.

UNL, originally a two-week camp for close to 150 teens, steadily evolved into chapters in Atlanta, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, New York and Detroit. Twenty-one thousand teens from around the world have participated in the foundation’s various programs to date.

Usher came up with UNL after he and his mother sat in the rear of a courtroom. The pair watched several minors go to trial and knew that something had to be done. The now 35-year-old megastar-turned-humanitarian admits he didn’t know what he was doing at first.

The multi-talented entertainer gives serious eye contact whenever he speaks: particularly when it involves UNL. He considers the 501c3 organization to be “his greatest investment.”
“It sounds so simple, but this started as…
READ MORE: http://theburtonwire.com/2014/08/12/education/ushers-unl-music-icon-mentors-thousands-of-teens-to-success/

Usher’s UNL: Music Icon Mentors Thousands of Teens to Success

Fifteen years ago, 20-year-old Usher and his mother, Jonetta Patton, devised a plan they hoped could provide at least 10 teens per year with invaluable experiences and opportunities they couldn’t get elsewhere.

The soft spoken, best-selling artist’s vision blossomed into Usher’s New Look (UNL), a nonprofit organization that instills in youth that talent, career, service and education are essential tools for developing into global leaders.

UNL, originally a two-week camp for close to 150 teens, steadily evolved into chapters in Atlanta, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, New York and Detroit. Twenty-one thousand teens from around the world have participated in the foundation’s various programs to date.

Usher came up with UNL after he and his mother sat in the rear of a courtroom. The pair watched several minors go to trial and knew that something had to be done. The now 35-year-old megastar-turned-humanitarian admits he didn’t know what he was doing at first.

The multi-talented entertainer gives serious eye contact whenever he speaks: particularly when it involves UNL. He considers the 501c3 organization to be “his greatest investment.”

“It sounds so simple, but this started as…

READ MORE: http://theburtonwire.com/2014/08/12/education/ushers-unl-music-icon-mentors-thousands-of-teens-to-success/

Usher

The Foundation of Women in Hip Hop Performing Live @ The 32nd African World Festival. This Sunday from 7-8pm on the Generation Next Stage (CORNER OF Brush @ Ferry) 

Featuring: Mahogany Jones, Nique Love Rhodes, Abstract Jazz, + Jaci Caprice.
Free Admission
Reminder: We are welcoming New Members to join THE FOUNDATION OF WOMEN IN HIP HOP 

come to Our Official Meeting in the upcoming week:
Thursday August 21st 6pm-8:00pm

Location: MIX Bricktown 641 Beaubien St. Detroit, Mi, 48221 (Thank You DJ Lynda Carter)

The Foundation of Women in Hip Hop

INTERNATIONAL HIP-HOP PARADE
AUGUST 23, 2014 - 11AM
BIZ MARKIE, FAT JOE,  CHUCK CHILLOUT AND MANY MORE!

INTERNATIONAL HIP-HOP PARADE

AUGUST 23, 2014 - 11AM

BIZ MARKIE, FAT JOE,  CHUCK CHILLOUT AND MANY MORE!

"In the Paint," a New Hip Hop Opera by Anna Myer and Dancers
Boston’s Anna Myer and Dancers will present its new hip-hop opera “In the Paint,” which fuses dance with basketball moves, hip-hop, rap, music, and the spoken word, all to tell the remarkable and true stories of young people who have turned away from violence.   The free event will be performed in-the-round, totally engaging the audience, July 21 at 7:30 PM at the historic Harlem Stage Gatehouse.   “In the Paint” is the latest work in Myer’s The Hoop Suite Project, performed on stages and basketball courts turned into theaters-in-the-round.  Audiences from all walks of life are given the opportunity to experience work that emanates from urban black and Latino cultures.
Further Information HERE.

"In the Paint," a New Hip Hop Opera by Anna Myer and Dancers

Boston’s Anna Myer and Dancers will present its new hip-hop opera “In the Paint,” which fuses dance with basketball moves, hip-hop, rap, music, and the spoken word, all to tell the remarkable and true stories of young people who have turned away from violence.   The free event will be performed in-the-round, totally engaging the audience, July 21 at 7:30 PM at the historic Harlem Stage Gatehouse.   “In the Paint” is the latest work in Myer’s The Hoop Suite Project, performed on stages and basketball courts turned into theaters-in-the-round.  Audiences from all walks of life are given the opportunity to experience work that emanates from urban black and Latino cultures.

Further Information HERE.

Musique : One Two Three Rap
Learn English Through Hip-Hop

PLEASE SUPPORT!

About the RHAPSODY Hip-Hop Summer Arts Camp

Since 2002, Progressive Arts Alliance has provided the two-week RHAPSODY Hip-Hop Summer Arts Camp in Cleveland, Ohio.  The camp provides a dynamic outlet for students to learn in and through the arts through honing their skills in hip-hop’s art forms in music, dance, and visual art.

Our Scholarship Campaign for the 13th annual RHAPSODY Hip-Hop Summer Arts Camp will raise funds to provide scholarships for students in-need to attend the camp. By contributing to the scholarship campaign, supporters will enable students to explore their creativity while building valuable life skills in teamwork, self-esteem, communication skills, and leadership … all through hip-hop culture!

What We Need & What You Get

Progressive Arts Alliance

Tools of War Grassroots Hip Hop Presents: The Bronx Crotona Park Jams Every Thursday in the month of July

Tools of War Grassroots Hip Hop Presents: The Bronx Crotona Park Jams Every Thursday in the month of July

tools of war

Join Universal Zulu Nation and Urban Art Beat as they host Family Day at the 10th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival!

Date: Saturday, July 12th [Youth Showcase from 12-2pm]

Youth Talent from NYC’s hardest working Hip Hop Organizations will be opening for a line up of incredible acts including:

Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Electronica, DJ Rob Swift, Cyhi The Prynce, Uncle Ralph McDaniels, and more!

Hosted by Intikana  DJ Spiritchild Mental Notes

Performances by Universal Zulu Nation’s: Prince Akeem Miranda Writes LC The Poet Selima Nene Ali Prince Cy’rig and Tormenta @Art Start’s EAR crew of 2013 Hip Hop Re:Education Crew UAB’s July Quin and Serg BX Kiddo Blessed Mike Mezzle Conscious Righter Vitamin Da Governor with Floor Royalty Crew AND MORE!!!

Special thanks to Zulu King Rekae Medina for the line up & Sen ONE6 for the flyer! Family Day Area open for all ages between 12-4PM with Capoiera, BBoy /BGirl demonstrations, face painting, revolutionary art workshops by Scientific Soul Sessions and more! 12 and under enter free! $30 for adults.
www.bkhiphopfestival.com

Join Universal Zulu Nation and Urban Art Beat as they host Family Day at the 10th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival!

Date: Saturday, July 12th [Youth Showcase from 12-2pm]

Youth Talent from NYC’s hardest working Hip Hop Organizations will be opening for a line up of incredible acts including:

Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Electronica, DJ Rob Swift, Cyhi The Prynce, Uncle Ralph McDaniels, and more!

Hosted by Intikana
DJ Spiritchild Mental Notes

Performances by Universal Zulu Nation’s:
Prince Akeem
Miranda Writes
LC The Poet
Selima
Nene Ali
Prince Cy’rig and Tormenta
@Art Start’s EAR crew of 2013
Hip Hop Re:Education Crew
UAB’s
July Quin and Serg BX
Kiddo Blessed
Mike Mezzle
Conscious Righter
Vitamin Da Governor with Floor Royalty Crew
AND MORE!!!

Special thanks to Zulu King Rekae Medina for the line up & Sen ONE6 for the flyer! Family Day Area open for all ages between 12-4PM with Capoiera, BBoy /BGirl demonstrations, face painting, revolutionary art workshops by Scientific Soul Sessions and more! 12 and under enter free! $30 for adults.

www.bkhiphopfestival.com

Universal Zulu Nation Urban Art Beat

Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival Presents

LADIES BATTLE!

hosted by Tweetboogie & Nubian NeNe

Every July, New York City hosts one of the most anticipated annual street dance competitions, LADIES BATTLE! Each summer New York becomes host to some of the best dancers from around the world competing and showcasing their talents. Dancers from Russia, Korea, Austria, Switzerland, and Japan come to perform and battle as part of a weekend of events for Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival.

The 2014 LADIES BATTLE consists of 1-on-1 Popping, Waacking and 2-on-2 Hip-Hop, and 2-on 2 House…. an international challenge where Hip-Hop culture’s favorite dancers come and prove themselves. We will showcase a preliminary round to uncover the best and top sixteen dancers of the evening. Doors open and our DJs will be playing hip-hop, funk, house, soul, classics and more!

The winners will be awarded cash prizes, gift bags and one-year “bragging rights” to reign supreme the amongst the best. The winner can boost themselves as one of the world’s best female Hip-Hop dancers! The event is judged by a panel of elite dancers form around the world like Tweetboogie, Rokafella, Nubian NeNe, Peaches, and many more… Come spend the week with us and watch extraordinary performances and electrifying, exhilarating and action-packed battles that will all be documented for cultural preservation.  Don’t miss it… LADIES BATTLE!

http://www.ladiesofhiphopfestival.com

Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival

Jamila Lyiscott: 3 ways to speak English

Jamila Lyiscott is a “tri-tongued orator,” and this powerful spoken-word essay celebrates — and challenges — the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, in the classroom and with her parents. As she explores the complicated history and present-day identity that each language represents, she unpacks what it means to be “articulate.”

Jamila Lyiscott