- Faith & Family
Sometimes children need words of encouragement, not only from their parents and relatives, but even from international hip-hop legends. Recently William Drew Carter professionally known as Grand Master Dee of famed rap group Whodini, took the time out to speak with youth that participated in URGENT (Urban Renewal Greater Enhancement National Team) Inc.’s summer youth employment program.
“I hope the students took my words to heart,” he said. “It is very important that they understood what I was telling them because everyone isn’t going to make it as a DJ or a rapper. The world is wide open and to make a change you have to be around people that are positive.”
The Whodini DJ took to the stage to speak with the children about career goals, dreams and aspirations. Carter explained to the audience what it was like to have that type of success and still be living to talk about it once it was all over. He also let them in on his personal journey as a hip-hop legend and now a touring speaker.
“About five years ago I started going around to different schools and talking to kids,” he said. “I really feel that God touched me one night and told me to go speak to the next generation.”
In addition to the support he received from URGENT’s staff, he was also supported in his efforts by Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, Miami-Dade County School Board member, District 2.
“I am a proponent of all that is good for children,” she said. “I think that when children observe us they know that we are real. I believe that we should always be there for our students.”
Carter’s group was most famously known for rap hits such as Friends, Freaks and One Love. Carter’s speech will also be featured on a segment of TV One’s Unsung, the NAACP Image Award-winning documentary series of one-hour biographies.
By Randy Grice