Hip Hop 4 Life, a non-profit youth empowerment organization, is launching their Man Up! program at Bread And Roses Integrated Arts High School, located at 6 Edgecombe Avenue in Harlem, NY on Tuesday, November 13 th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. The launch of Man Up! will kick off Hip Hop 4 Life and BET Rap-It-Up's week-long series of HIV/AIDS Awareness empowerment forums throughout New York City and New Jersey selected high schools from November 13 th through November 16th.WAIT... THERE'S MORE STUFF
The forum at Bread And Roses Integrated Arts High School will consist of a two hour interactive panel discussion powered with health professionals and entertainers such as media mogul, ED LOVER; award winning music producer, KWAME; celebrity fitness trainer, CHRIS SAINSBURY ; Hip Hop Artist SOULJA BOY; and movie actor, NICOYE BANKS will focus on issues that will include the definition of a "Man", vision-building, goal-setting, pursuit of education, relationships with and respect for young girls, HIV/AIDS awareness & prevention, the importance of abstinence & "safer" sex, and decision-making & choices.
Man Up! is a self-esteem and empowerment forum for young boys (ages 10-17). The program is devised to address issues of self-esteem, self-respect and respect for others, the transition from boyhood to manhood and the core Hip Hop 4 Life health topics. The program is chaired by award winning music producer, KWAME, and acclaimed film, television and stage actor and author of Letters To A Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny, HILL HARPER. "Man Up! provides the opportunity for young boys to receive important information from positive, successful and influential men" states Kwame. "The statistics regarding the state of young black men are frightening. It is time we all did our part to help make a difference in their lives".
With statistics showing an alarming rate of Black males ages 18-24 years old with the highest homicide victimization and offending rates in each racial and gender group (Bureau of Justice 2005 Statistics), highest percentage of 19.5% for unemployment (Employment Status of the Civilian Non-institutional Population-2006), and only 77.4% Black males graduates from high school (U.S. Census Bureau-2005), Man Up! addresses these social issues to the forefront and offers alternate solutions . After Harlem, the Hip Hop 4 Life and BET Rap-It-Up's Empowerment Week schedule includes East Side High School in Newark, NJ on Wednesday, November 14 th, Bronx Community High School on Thursday, November 15th, and will make its final stop at Erasmus High School in Brooklyn on Friday, November 16th. with special guests to include BET personality, Alesha Renee; R&B sensation, Sammie; Hip Hop Artist, Styles P; HIV/AIDS educator and activist, Marvelyn Brown.
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