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Grammy-Nominated Producers Royal Flush With Hiphopgivesback.com Host & Launch A Youth Programme

Royal Flush and HipHopGivesBack.com go into schools, with the aim to R.Y.M.E

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PRLog (Press Release) – Jul 15, 2009 –Grammy-nominated production team Royal Flush consisting of partners Rick Wallkk and Jeron Ward in conjunction with HipHopGivesBack.com partnering up to launch Project R.Y.M.E – “Redirecting Youth with Music Education”. Project R.Y.M.E. is a program that encourages youth pursuing a career in music to practice positive self-education before entering the business. The program will allow career-oriented youth to enter a rigorous program that will cover all aspects of the music industry.

Royal Flush and HipHopGivesBack.com will work alongside each other to mentor, train and teach the youth by focusing on building the necessary skills for success in both their personal and professional lives. “Our goal for this project is to give positive direction to the youth and give back to the communities that enabled us to be in position we that we are today. It’s about making a difference where it counts, and nothing for the future is more important than the kids so we have to start there”. – Rick Wallk

The generous supporters and participants will make it possible to equip the youth as they prepare for their career of tomorrow. We want to have an impact on the youth and this is how we think we can, via what we know best, MUSIC.

For more information on Project R.Y.M.E. please visit:
hiphopgivesback.com

Depression in the African American Community?

Depression is a condition that affects approximately 19 million Americans on an annual basis according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). However, this number represents primarily White American females as the predominant population affected by depression related symptoms.

Why?

Some of you may ask why do White American females frequent physicians’ offices to discuss depression? Or what do White American females have to be upset or depressed about?

The aforementioned questions are actually quite frequent and something that I encounter almost on a daily basis. One reason that the primary population affected is White American females is that individuals in our own communities do not always seek resources to assist with an official diagnosis of depression, perhaps lack of monetary viability which would hinder any visit to a physician, and/or individuals in our own communities pride themselves on being self-sufficient or self-reliant. In other words, some African Americans believe “I can pull my own self out of this hole or rut that I am in,” “My ancestors had to deal with much worse than I am having to deal with. I need to get it together.”

Whatever the reason or explanation, depression is a realistic phenomenon that causes individuals to experience decreased energy, lack of desire to engage in events/experiences that previously made them happy, decreased appetite with usual unintentional weight loss, decreased sleep or increased sleep, inability to concentrate, unexplainable crying spells, feelings of hopelessness/worthlessness, and for some even thoughts of wanting to harm him or herself. These symptoms are very common as depression is the number one diagnosis made by a psychiatrist (mental health physician). These symptoms can be treated with medication and/or individual therapy. Of course, the more neurovegetative symptoms that exist which include decreased appetite and weight loss, self-harming behavior, inability to get out of the bed, or inability to sleep would require immediate medication and usually psychiatric hospitalization.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, it is important that these individuals seek immediate medical attention. A good place to start is your family physician, internist or pediatrician. Another suggestion is to contact any toll free crisis hotline numbers so that these professionals may guide people to the next appropriate level of care. If all else fails and you or someone you know feels extremely unsafe, then 911 or any emergency service should be contacted to help facilitate a quicker medical intervention.

 

Michelle Schofield, M.D

Miami Youth Center to Publish Inner City Magazine

NBA Champion and Author, Alonzo Mourning, along with Media Tycoon, Jerry Powers, join forces to mentor young students to become successful entrepreneurs

 

Via Press Release: Defying economic, social and academic odds, a team of high profile professionals in the Fashion, Advertising, Publishing and Public Relations Arena in Miami, will mentor and teach a selected group of children, from the Overtown Youth Center, a program of Alonzo Mourning Charities, how to become successful entrepreneurs by educating them on how to develop a company from its inception and in turn, earn a profit by publishing a first-ever, inner city glossy magazine.

With only one out of 12 students graduating from high school in Overtown, one of South Florida’s oldest and most impoverished neighborhoods, Alonzo Mourning Charities (AMC), renowned publisher Jerry Powers and OYC Center Coordinators selected 19 students to create a magazine that speaks for them. They were chosen to be part of this project through their interest in art, dining, photography, sales and fashion. Empowered by this creative venture, they will have eight weeks to come up with a name, write and edit copy, style fashion pages, handle the graphic design, style and shoot photos and provide a ready-to-publish magazine, transmitted electronically to a Virginia-based printer.

Powers, who formerly published highly successful Ocean Drive magazine, is committed along with AMC, to coach the students in what Powers hopes will be a self-sustaining, ongoing magazine. Determined to support the children in creating a winning first issue of the magazine, he and Mourning would like to see the kids’ magazine to take off. Their aim: teach the children how successful business really works.

Mourning, a Miami resident, is committed through the Alonzo Mourning Charities, a 501(c)(3) foundation which has already raised more than $7 million to fund programs that promote positive change in low socioeconomic communities including stimulating the development of future youth enrichment centers. The Overtown Youth Center, which was founded by Mourning in 2003, is the first such effort.

At a time of global economic and social turmoil, inner city students are at even greater risk. The magazine project aims to address those children who might otherwise fall prey to the grim statistics of today’s black America, where six out of 10 high school dropouts have been in prison by their mid-30s, and approximately 70% of infants are born to single mothers.

For more information on the Overtown Youth Center, visit http://www.overtownyouth.org/.

Free All-Star Football Camp

NFL brothers and Washington, DC natives Vernon and Vontae Davis are teaming up to host a Free All-Star Football Camp For Youth ages 8 to 18

WHO: Vernon Davis, former University of Maryland Terrapin and #85 for the San Francisco 49ers, along with his brother Vontae, from the University of Illinois and 2009 1st round draft pick #24 for the Miami Dolphins. Vontae & Vernon Davis are the third brothers to be first round draft picks, after the Mannings (Peyton and Eli) and the McDougles (Jerome and Stockar).

WHEN: Saturday, July 18, 2009, 8 am to 1 pm

WHERE: Dunbar Senior High School, 1301 New Jersey Ave, N.W., Washington, DC

For information on the camp please contact Myron Flowers (301) 537-5877.

“DIGIT” PARTNERS WITH LISA LOPES FOUNDATION

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“DIGIT” PARTNERS WITH LISA LOPES FOUNDATION

 TO LAUNCH CAMPAIGN FOR THE ARTS

-A NATIONAL INITIATIVE TO HELP SAVE THE ARTS IN SCHOOLS-

 (Washington, DC) – February 23, 2009“Digit” announces partnership with Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes Foundation (LLF) to launch Campaign for the Arts, a nationwide initiative to keep the arts in schools.

Campaign for the Arts was created to promote artists of all genres, raise money for schools and not-for-profits and focus on providing solutions to issues that are plaguing our nation and our kids, while teaming with people worldwide to collectively help save the arts in our schools.

Founded by Digit, a Recording Artist, Songwriter and Producer, Campaign for the Arts Executives are industry leaders in Public Relations, Music and Legal Advisory.  The overall team is composed of Celebrities (Entertainers), Musicians (All Genres), Radio Personalities, Record Labels, Booking Agents, Managers, Producers, Stylists, Designers, Promoters, Writers, Photographers, Sponsors, Travel Consultants, Educators, Students, Parents and Volunteers.

 

“As a business leader, artist, and someone who has benefited from community art programs, I understand leadership, teamwork and the importance of protecting and educating our youth through social initiatives and creative arts.  My background has given me a great understanding of the value of investing in our future,” stated “Digit,” Founder.

“Our goal is to raise $150,000, by May 1, 2009 and continue raising funds thereafter.  With the support of our team and generous sponsors, we can meet our goal and launch the most memorable movement ever for Arts in Education,” he added.

With assistance from Music Producers, EP’s will be used to help raise funds. This initiative will allow artists to combine their talent to make chart topping EP’s in support of this cause.  The unified message is that protecting the vision and creativity of artists, is not an option.

Events given by “The Campaign” will be hosted by the Lisa Lopes Foundation and a portion of all proceeds raised will go toward the foundation. Additional proceeds will go toward the charities and schools chosen to participate as a partner in individual states.  Not-for-Profit Organizations and schools will be chosen based on their level of commitment, current programs and through the recommendations of our sponsors.  Join the Campaign today!

About Campaign for the Arts

Founded in 2009, by Recording Artist “Digit,” the mission of the Executives and Team of Campaign for the Arts is to collectively help save the arts in schools worldwide, bring attention to artists of all genres, raise money for schools and not-for-profits and focus on providing solutions to issues that are plaguing our nation and our kids. Visit www.campaignforthearts.com, for more info.

About Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes Foundation (LLF)

Headquartered in Stone Mountain, GA, the Lisa Lopes Foundation was developed in 2003. The mission of LLF is to transform communities by providing access to Basic Health, Education, Self-Awareness and Recreational Programs for children living in low-income communities within the US and underdeveloped communities within Central America. LLF programs center on developing and reinforcing life skills in Healthy Lifestyles, Financial Literacy, Career Development, Civic and Social Responsibility, and Cultural Arts and Awareness. Visit www.lisalopesfoundation.org, for more info.

Media Contact: Tafia L. Allah-Pringle, TLAPR Agency, LLC at tafia@tlapr.com or 973.902.6749, Publicist for Campaign for the Arts, “Digit” and the Lisa Lopes Foundation.

Elements of Hip-Hop

With all the different elements of hip hop now making a more dominate stands in society whether it be through music, poetry, dancing or graffiti. There must be some sort of education that teaches the people the meaning behind all these different arts. If you take a person who knows nothing about art into a museum a picture to them is just a picture but if you provide that same person with the knowledge to know the meaning, the history and story behind the picture that person will see the same picture with a whole new concept. As with the elements of hip hop each has its own story to tell and must be taught to shed a new light on its founders, where it originated from and why all these different arts were created. As with a lot of things in the world the media has chosen to highlight all the negative factors around these arts and create a false truth of what these things stand for. One could be lead to believe, through the media that if you listen to hip hop you will commit some sort of crime or those that create graffiti are nothing but nuisances defacing the community surroundings. . On the contrary, hip hop is nothing but poetry or heart felt stories put to music and graffiti is just a form of street art. They say that “Education is the movement of darkness into light,” so we have set forth to put this movement into motion, whether it be through camps or event for the youths, or seminars for the adults. The history of hip hop needs to be taught and told in a correct manner.

MJ
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