Rapper Kanye West and hip hop artist Che “Rhymefest” Smith are in collaboration to help at-risk Chicago youth. They have started a free 10-week music program for young adults ages 15-24 called “Got Bars?”. It will be put on by Kanye’s non-profit organization, Donda’s House, and Saint Sabina Church on the city’s South Side .The sessions will consist of lessons on how to write and record music. It’ll also concentrate on health and fitness, as well as exercise and nutrition.
Donnie Smith, Donda’s House Executive Director, talked to JET Magazine about the future plans of the newly established program. “Eventually, we are planning to go national. While in Chicago, hoping to add more programs: drama, dance, art. Two years from now, we plan to have additional programs across other mediums.”
From the over 500 youth that signed up to be in the program, one of True Star’s very own passed the necessary requirements to be a part of the top 30 finalist. Her name is Alexis Estes and she is a senior at Morgan Park High School.
“It means a lot to me to be accepted into this program,” says Estes. “I love music and being creative.” She goes on to say, “I always wanted to be an artist. This opportunity just brought me a big step closer to my dream.”
Congratulations to Estes and all the students that got accepted into the “Got Bars?” Program. Continue to do what you do best.
By: Taylor Miggins, Morgan Park, 8th Grade