Archive for February, 2010

HHH – BHM Event Performance

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

HHH Teen Lyricist performed this past weekend at the 3rd Annual MMAP Black History Month Event, they brought the house down!  Performances included Brandon Wilkerson’s “Diary Pages”, HHH Team Raspire’s “No War”, and HHH Team Grant’s “Movin’ on Up!”  The energy and passion engulfed the crowd and made for a historic performance


MMAP 3rd Annual Black History Month Event

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The Mural Music & Arts Project’s 3rd Annual Black History Month Event was a huge success!  BLSA representatives from Stanford, Santa Clara, University of San Fransisco, UC Berkley-Hastings, and LSAD Berkeley Law.  The BHM event provides an opportunity for MMAP teens and  youth to interact and converse with law student and professionals about issues facing the community.  The event also offers positive role models and mentors for MMAP teens to look up to and establish connections with.  Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2010 MMAP Black History Month Event a success!

2010 MMAP BHM Group

HEArt at ISA – Students celebrate their hard work on the mural!

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Final touch-ups in progress, room clean, furniture back in place!  The students’ are finished working on the mural, and all there is left to do is professional touch-ups.  The parents are happy to have their room back in order with a nearly-complete and beautiful new mural to brighten the space and bring inspiration to the table.

The final product

Mural class party

HEArt at Chavez – Artistic gangs and creative battles

Monday, February 22nd, 2010


What do you think of when you hear the words… Gang? Mardi Gras? Indian? Battle? Pretty?

Chavez students are breaking down the associations (mostly negative) they have with these words by studying the history of Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans.  Mardi Gras Indians form “gangs” that “do battle” with one another on Mardi Gras day until the Big Chief of one gang bows down to another and acknowledges him as “the prettiest.”   These gangs are social support groups and their battles are creative battles to see who can come up with the most beautiful costume, song and dance of all.   By making their own Mardi Gras-style headdresses and performing their own creative battles, Chavez students can envision a new type of gang for their community.

Mardi Gras Indian

HEArt at Costano – Get in your graffiti stance!

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

HEArt of the City is learning the calisthenics of graffiti – knees bent, arms outstretched.  Practicing the proper stance will help these students gain control and precision with the spray can.  Work on the music room mural begins next week.  BELIEVE it!


Graffiti stance

HHH – Speak your Peace

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Every soul has a song to sing; and every voice a message to carry.  The most powerful tool we can give the youth is a voice and the confidence to use it.  HHH Teen Lyricist Adrian Johnson dropped some deep bars during the latest recording session Monday night.  Adrian’s flow is unique, colorful, and full of flavor; a true product of the Bay.

Adrian Johnson - Speak your Peace

HHH – Focused on Peace

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

With great power comes great responsibility. The power of one voice can inspire a change; HHH Teen Lyricist and Eastside College Prep. Varsity Guard Kyle Carter is focused on inspiring a change.  Kyle has been working hard to deliver a message of peace through lyrical expression in combination with the hottest beats in the Bay Area.  Kyle and his fellow Teen Lyricist will perform this Saturday, February 20 at the Mural Music & Arts Project’s Black History Month event.

Kyle Carter - Focused on Peace

HEArt at Costano – The painting begins!

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010


After all their hard work and preparation, HEArt of the City finally begins to PAINT! Students are learning basic techniques and mastering their control over the spray can’s flow. As their styles progress, our students become more and more empowered to use their art to make their school community more beautiful. 

Painting = power!

HEArt at Costano – Modeling Positive Graffiti Characters

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010


HEArt of the City students learned how to compliment their graffiti lettering with positive graffiti characters.  They spent some time studying and tracing example characters, and then practiced different types of eyes, noses and mouths that they could use in developing their own.  Here’s what they came up with!

HHH: One Week's Work – Two songs, 22 words

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Watch & listen how talented MMAP teens can and will use these words to promote our theme of Peace.  Please watch long enough to enjoy the rough and first run through of the song teens wrote AND recorded IN ONE (I repeat, ONE) DAY!!!
“No War”
Featuring HHH teens, produced by RASPIRE (The Movement)
Vocab Words
•Amity (n) – A cordial disposition; a state of friendship and cordiality
•Absolution (n) – formal redemption for any moral wrong, as stated by authority
•Armistice (n) – A state of peace afreed between opponents so that can discuss terms of peace
•Consternation (n) – Amazement or horror that confounds the faculties; terror, combined with amazement; dismay
•Illimitable (adj) – Without limits in extent or size or quantity

•Dissemblance (n)- to bahave unnaturally or affectedly; to hide under a false appearance
•Facsimile (n) – an exact copy or reproduction
•Altruistic (adj) – the quality of unselfishness and concern for the welfare of others
•Dauntless (adj) – Incapable of being daunted; fearless; bold

•Proverbial (adj) – Widely referred to; famous
•Benevolent (adj) – Loving others and actively desirous of their well-being
•Grandiloquent (adj) – Speaking in or characterized by a pompous or bombastic style; puffed up with vanity
•Egregious (adj) – Extreme; Extraordinarily bad
•Taciturn (adj) – Habitually reserved and uncommunicative

•Impugn (v) – to attack as false or wrong

•Efficacy (n) – Capacity or power to produce a desired effect
•Abase (v) – to humiliate; degrade
•Abdicate (v) – to give up a position, usually one or leadership
•Bereft (adj) – devoid of; without
•Circumlocution (n) – indirect and wordy language; indirect way of expressing something