Most people have forgotten that Mayor Ras J. Baraka is a strong affiliate of Hip-Hop, most notably for his appearance on Lauryn Hill’s debut solo album.
Nevertheless, the Honorable Baraka launched a new Performing Arts Program for youth aged 17-21 yesterday and he will utilize rap mistress Rah Digga and producer Peter Hadar to teach the kids.
The program is being offered by The Newark Youth One Stop Career Training Center and will teach “out of school” youth acting, photography and music.
“To change the city, we need to mobilize our youth and the power of culture to enhance life,” Mayor Baraka said. “This program will connect our young artists with the skills they need to become successful in their fields of interest and in life. They will be mentored by Newark natives who have distinguished themselves as artists. When the young men and women complete this program, they will be the generation of artists that transforms Newark’s culture – and that of America – into the City and nation we can all believe in. As a long-time Newark educator, I am both proud and excited by this program.”
The program is mean to develop, build self-esteem. and foster entrepreneurial skills.
The program will also utilize the talents of Newark native and Arts High School graduate, actor JD Williams and veteran industry photographer Brett Melius, BFA.