Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Diva Luv Da Kids...More Emcees Should Too!


(In Seattle @ Rainier Beach H.S....can ya spot me?)


A brotha sent this to me on my myspace and I agree with him. Do you?

A CHALLENGE TO ALL HIP HOP ARTISTS
By Sebastien “Dome” Elkouby

For better or for worse, youth idolize their favorite Hip Hop artists and hang on to their every word. These artists could potentially change the world with the power of their voice alone. After all, wasn’t Hip Hop born out of a need for expression in the face of oppression? Call me na├»ve but I believe that most artists truly do care about the influence they have over their fans.

However, I know that the “industry” often stands in the way of artists when they try to give back to the people. I’ve seen it happen first hand.

So, I’m issuing a challenge to all Hip Hop artists. IN 2008, GET INVOLVED IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITIES, FOR THE YOUTH, AND FOR BLACK PEOPLE. Use your money,influence, and any other resources you have access to in order to give back to the people. Don’t allow "industry" heads who don’t really care about you and your community, stop you from being in touch with what really matters.

There are many ways to give back. I run a Hip Hop empowerment program in Los Angeles and work with teens all across the city who want nothing more than honest words of support and encouragement from artists they look up to. Donating money to small community-based organizations that do incredible work but struggle to stay open due to limited funding is another way to make a difference. That 50 G’s you can spend on that chain could be used to change lives instead!

The world is a crazy place and doesn’t seem to be getting any better. There aren’t many leaders that large numbers of people are willing to stand behind like in the days of Martin and Malcolm. Artists, you have the ears of the people who need the most help: USE YOUR FAME AND INFLUENCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE AND THE LOVE AND RESPECT OF AN ENTIRE GENERATION TO GAIN.

IN 2008, HOW WILL YOU MAKE YOUR MARK?

Respect to David Banner, MC Lyte, Brother J, Mystic, Stacy Epps, and other Hip Hop artists who don’t front when it comes to giving back.
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Sebastien “Dome” Elkouby is the founder of the Urban Youth Empowerment Foundation, an organization based in Los Angeles which uses Hip Hop as a tool to reach at-risk youth. However, artists from all backgrounds (actors, singers, dancers, authors, etc…) are invited to offer their assistance. Visit the website at: www.thefoundationonline.net and contact him at info@thefoundationonline.net or 310-654-1681.

(In the Bronx @ PULSE H.S....im in the purple jeans)

6 comments:

caly4lfe said...

homes is speakin on truth, But parents got to play a bigger part parenting better, be more aware of what their kids listen too

p. whew said...

good lookin out for youth.
yea i spot you, the one with all the hair!! almost an afro lots of beautiful hair you got girl.

JLOUIE DA DUKE said...

YOU GOTTA LOVE THE LIL HOMMIES. THEY ARE THE WORLD,THEY ARE THE FUTURE!!!! IM GONNA BE A ROLE MODEL. I WANT A FLOCK OF MINI-ME'S. WHEN THEY WANNA LEARN GOOD DEEDS,THEY'LL BE LIKE PLEASE J.LOUIE TEACH ME!!!

medottie said...

yes i agree with. i live in Oakland and alot kids look up to Emcees as role-models but alot of them
look-up to the wrong ones, i work with kids, they need better directions in their lives, most of the kids wanta be emcees or play sports they also
need to know it's more to life then emceein and sports

Tra said...

yea he has a good point 50 g's on a chain can be use on something better for teens agreed keep up the good works many kudos long live real hip-hop

mike belgrove said...

On of my fellow bloggers, Juan Perez, wrote about Sebastien Elkouby over on Highbrid Nation and it made me smile. Honestly I'm happy to see hip hop being used for something so positive. Now let's see if this story gets as much attention as T.I. going to jail for trying to buy bazookas or Remy Ma marrying Papoose in prison.