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#ChangetheName! is a group comprised of students and staff and anyone dedicated to changing the name of Patrick Henry High School, a school that was named after a prominent slave-owner! Patrick Henry High School, located in Minneapolis, MN., has an enrollment of approximately 90% students of color. It is 2017 and many of the students and staff believe naming a school after anyone who believed in holding other humans in bondage is an absolutely cruel and humiliating practice and should be stopped! The students at Patrick Henry are working to educate their peers, staff and community members about the damaging effects of upholding racist and oppressive figures.
In a perfect Dilla World, JayDee Beat Batch Warz, which is a producer beat battle to honor James Dewitt Yancey, will rise to national and international recognition in years to come. This Friday, March 2nd 2018, the Twin Cities DillaDay Committee will continue to keep his spirit alive through the art of battling, Hip Hop is rooted in the art of battle and JayDee Beat Batch Warz has become a staple of the Twin Cities Producer scene.
Last week the YCB You(th) Are Here Outreatch Team was out at the Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club to help support their Black History Month Celebration Event put on by all of their program participants.
On February 9 I went on WFNU Frogtown Radio to talk with the host of the AP Lit show, Aaron Price, for a special edition, "The Dilla Diff’rence". We discussed earliest Dilla memories, which for me was the Pharcyde's Labcabincalifornia LP, along with memories of the first Dilla Day we hosted 5 years ago and favorite Dilla collaborations like the Jaylib project.. 2 superproducers fully immersed in their craft!