Youth Voices

Corrupted Minds

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Ariel age 15 Bushwick Native

My life in motion pictures so you know how I was raised/
Worked hard to be where I’m at so you probably amazed.
How hard I worked and the stress having to get here/
Yeah that was ignorant but still what does it matter?/
When you seen friends leaking away like blood splattered
My melon leaking knowledge to educate these fruits/
Know my history before you realize bumps in the produce.
Section where I’m from, a place where lives get taken/
But when I’m gone my spirit always reawakens.
And I reincarnate to build another mindset/
And 26 bodies as much as the alphabet.
But really I’m about making the music and show my movements/
Of how much I changed matured so you can see my improvements.
Please choose him, the pokémon’s you never noticed/
And find better drum kits than the flying lotus.

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“What I want in the Future”

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When I grow up I only wanna have 2 kids
One son and one daughter thats 2 bibs
One pink the other one is a blue bib
No twins so ima be getting 2 cribs
But this is how i want it
exactly in this order
First son and then comes my little daughter
Cause if her mother and own father is not there
God for bid, her big brother be right there
Nightmares is something that THEY will not have…
Cause they got mom
and they got dad
And as a real man ima be there for them
Ima tell them daddy is right here for them
Take care them and give them what I never had
Starting off with a dad
that wont leave them sad
The only time that im leaving is to get money
Cause I ain’t gonna be having my kids dress bummy
THEY always gonna be having food in and out the tummy
And that’s real talk
ain’t nothing funny
As a kid I was going through alot of shit
But my kids ain’t going through what they father did
And that’s word to my mother and my lil sis.
Rolando Nellis 18
Ro lives in Brownsville, Brooklyn but also spends a lot of time in Bushwick.  This kids way of releasing words is completely amazing.

E.L.M the movement

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Educated Little Monsters has been doing some pretty impactful things within the Bushwick community. 
E.L.M is a performing and visual arts program servicing the youth, ages 10-16. They’ve been running for a little over a year.  Take a look at some  pictures of their community mural done in Bushwick.

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Montana spray can company sponsored this project. They donated 24 cans 🙂
Also a huge shout out to Bushwick Street Art for curating our first project.

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ELM currently has the following       programs.
♥Dance Company
♥Hip Hop/ Poetry
♥Videography
♥Art Classes~TBA
♥Musical Theater~TBA
♥Monthly community events
To register for classes or to try a class out email EducatedLittleMonsters@gmail.com

ELM Basketball Charity Event

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Bushwick Bridge is hoping to spread the importance of community. Educated Little Monsters has played a big role in bridging the bushwick community. Please come out tomorrow and support this dope grass root movement better known as ELM
This a basketball charity event to help raise money for the program.  The kids will play with some amazing underground hip hop artist and the ELM youth group will perform during halftime.
Lets represent community tomorrow by coming out and having a great time with these kids ♥
If you want to donate pastries or refreshments all the help is more than needed.
You can email educatedlittlemonsters@gmail.com to see how you can help.
Game will be from 11-3
@ I.S. 347 Junior high
35 starr st Brooklyn ny
L trian to morgan or the B60 bus to wilson and starr st.

Poems off the Dome

Some young people from ELM (Educated Little Monsters) were gathered today for their opening through the Arts in Bushwick Fellowship program, currently on view at Express Yourself Barista Bar on 82 Central Avenue. We told them we were about to launch the Bushwick Bridge and asked them to write some quick contributions on the spot.

 

Hold your head high

Forget them other guys

Even when you’re down,

Whip up a reverse frown

Life is like a circus

You’re always immersed in clowns

Sometimes you gotta put your mind on the line

Like a trapeze

If you never compromise yourself you’ll be more at ease

Lastly, take credit for what you did, even the bad,

“never throw the stone and hide your hand”

 

Joshua Rolon is 16. He’s into music and art. He lives in Bushwick and is a part of ELM.

 

 

Bushwick Bridge will never die

We’re infinite like the number pi.

 

Johnny Yurnet is 14. He lives in Bushwick. He participates in ELM and he loves basketball.

 

 

The don’t know what we keep in,

Believe in

They don’t know we’re the reason you’re breathing

We ladies go through the pain

That makes us go insane

But it’s only right if you know how to play the game

 

Christina Nuñez is 14 going on 15. She was born and raised in Bushwick and has been a part of ELM since day one. She is a dancer, singer, and femcee.