Archive for the ‘Bios’ Category

Alex Johnson – Biography

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

alex_johnsonAlex Johnson is an 18 years old graduating senior at East Palo Alto Academy. In the fall of 2009, Alex will be attending Cal State East Bay in Hayward, California where he plans to study Fire Science in hopes of becoming a firefighter. In connection with his schooling, Alex is a member of College Track, an academic support institution. Outside of his academic life, Alex enjoys lifting weights, playing basketball and listening to music. As a child, he learned to play the guitar and can be seen practicing on his spare time.

Christafer Brown- Biography

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

n720792926_1526313_4552Thought in mind, pen in hand and the world as his canvas.  Christafer Brown has shown himself to be an extraordinary artist not only on paper, but through his work within his community.  As a member in the East Palo Alto Mural Music and Art Program (MMAP), Christafer has proven himself to be a dynamic student and a great mentor to the youth.  Chris has been a part of the MMAP family since his sophomore year in high school.  Throughout these years he has grown to be a very determined and goal oriented young man.  At 20 years of age, Chris has graduated high school, attended Ohlone College (JC), and transfered into Cal State Eastbay; where he will be attending in the fall.  He plans to major in Childhood development/education and minor in art, with a focus on photography.  Chris also participates in the History Through Hip-Hop program (HHH).  HHH is a program that allows youth to express themselves though music while also learning the history behind it, and how it evolved into what we listen to today.  Chris uses art to bring together not only his community but his church.  Deeply rooted in his Christian faith; Chris uses HHH as a gateway to hopefully change the negative image that Hip-Hop portrays in today’s society.  In doing so, Chris hopes to open up his audience to a vast majority of people.  Chris believes that MMAP has not only given him the knowledge to become a better artist but has also given him the tools to become a better person.  Aside from MMAP, Chris enjoys dancing, poetry, photography, and community service. “Change is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall. So who likes apples?” -Christafer Brown

Isaiah Phillips – Biography

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

IsaiahBorn and raised in East Palo Alto, California, Isaiah Phillips is an 18 year old graduate of Menlo Atherton High School. He has always had a love for music, and was able to identify with Hip Hop scene early on in his childhood. It rapidly grew into a passion as he started to immerse himself in not only the music, but the cultural aspect as well. Because of this, he has developed talents in music, poetry, prose, fashion, and art. Isaiah plans to attend college and obtain a Bachelors degree in Communications and Audio Engineering. After college he plans to begin a career as a studio engineer and producer.

Ashley Washington – Biography

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

AshleyAshley Washington is a 15 year old Sophomore at Eastside College Preparatory School. Ashley enjoys writing poetry, looking at pieces of art work, listening to music, and hanging out with friends. Aside from HHH, she is involved with a tennis program at Stanford University called EPATT. After High school, Ashley plans to attend college where she will study to become a pediatrician. Once she has received her Doctorate, she plans to travel to third world countries to help sick children that are less fortunate.

Tamara Fitzhugh – Biography

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

TamaraBorn and raised in East Palo Alto, Tamara Fitzhugh is a 14 year old freshman at Carlmont High School. Enjoying a challenge, her favorite subject in school is math. After graduating High School, Tamara plans to attend Spellman College in Atlanta, Georgia where she will work towards obtaining a Ph.D. After college, Tamara plans to give back to her community by helping people set and accomplish goals. Some of Tamara’s interests are shopping, playing tennis, dancing and building things with Legos and K’nex.

Carla Hernandez – Biography

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

CarlaCarla Hernandez is a 16 year old Junior at Phoenix Academy in East Palo Alto, California. Growing up, Carla has always wanted to do something to make her community a better place. She is no involved in several community programs such as the East Palo Alto Police  Departments Cadet Program, Street Soldiers, YCS (Youth Community Service), and YI (Young Interpreters). In addition she has worked with the city of East Palo Alto to build sidewalks in the communities that have none and has helped the homeless find shelter. In the future, Carla’s goal is to graduate college and pursue a career in Law. She has also set a lifetime goal to work with teens on helping them stay off the streets and away from drugs, gangs and violence. When she’s not in school or working hard in her community, Carla enjoys playing sports, writing poems, dancing, and doing creative art.

Kenneth Jones – Biography

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

KennyKenneth Jones, known to everyone as Kenny, is a 17 year old graduating senior at East Palo Alto Academy. In the fall of 2009, Kenny will be attending Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. With plans to become a psychology major, Kenny hopes to be able to help families manage their struggles. Aside from being involved in his church’s youth group, he enjoys hanging out, being silly with friends and learning new things he can apply to his life.

Daniel Nava – Biography

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

DanielDaniel Nava, known to his friends as Lattle, is a 17 year old graduating Senior at Redwood High School. Born in California, Daniel moved to Wisconsin then back to California where he now resides with his family. Raised in a family full of musicians, Daniel began showing interest in music after playing his father’s drums. Now, as a part of Hip Hop culture, he enjoys making music, break dancing and doing Graffiti art. In the near future Daniel sees himself as a producer and artist.

Prince Patterson – Biography

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

PrinceBorn and raised in East Palo Alto, CA, Prince Patterson is the youngest of five of children. Prince is a 15 year old sophomore at Carlmont High School. After graduating high school, he plans to attend barber school and eventually open up his own shop. In his spare time, Prince enjoys playing video games and hanging out with friends.

Adrian Johnson – Biography

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

AdrianAdrian Johnson is a 16 year old Junior at Woodside High School. Born in Oakland, California, he moved with his father and siblings to East Palo Alto where he now resides. After high school Adrian plans to go to a four-year college to pursue his dream of becoming a professional dancer. Currently Adrian dances with a group by the name of Academy of Villains which is a subgroup of the well known MTV dance group Supreme Soul. Aside from dance, Adrian enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music and watching music videos.