Devine Carama Speaks to Over 2,000 Students in Portland, OR On Hip Hop & Leadership!

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Our director, Devine Carama, had the opportunity to speak to over 2,ooo students in Portland, Oregon last week as apart of his “Leadership & Legacy” tour. He visited Harriet Tubman Middle School, Jackson Middle School, Creston School K8, and Astor Elementary School. Check out Devine’s very own thoughts on his trip BELOW!!

**Devine’s experience in Portland last week can be found after scrolling past the pictures below.**

“5 years ago I took a leap of faith & started this motivational speaking thing.. I told myself I would push myself outside of the box while never straying away from who I was. So I’ve been using hip hop as away to explain the importance of leadership and community service to youth all over the union. Never in a million years did I think that leap of faith would take me on the other side of the country where my messages seems to still resonate. Portland is one of the whitest major cities in America and has had a history of some racism. Though my experience in my short stay in Portland was pleasant, I can only imagine the challenges that minorities may face living in such a majority dominated city like this. But it is in demos like this is where I notice a duel impact in my presentations. I’m offering inspiration and a dose of self worth to those feeling under represented, while also providing some education and the importance of inclusion for others. Still with the central focus of motivating ALL students on the importance of leadership and service and using hip hop and a unifying foundation for that message. Speaking to youth in your home state where many of them already know you, your message, and music is one thing, but being able to resonate with youth you’ve never met before on the other side of the country is not only inspiring but a reminder that I’m indeed operating in my calling and to continue to push forward! So thankful to my Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, for the continued opportunities to live in my purpose!”

Devine Carama Keynotes West Virginia's S.A.D.D. Youth Conference!

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This weekend I was Blessed with the opportunity to host and keynote the #WVSADD Youth Conference on Camp Dawson in Kingwood, West Virginia! Shouts to the #SAAD staff and the leadership team for curating an incredible atmosphere for cultivating youth leadership! So proud of all the young people in attendance this weekend!! Your dedication to making your communities better definitely inspired me! 

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The fun and information filled weekend started on Friday night, as presented my "Power of Words" lecture followed by a 20 minute performance of songs from my "Kingtucky" album series. Saturday morning at had the honor of introducing guest speaker, Marie McGrafh, as she gave an informative and inspiring presentation called "Text less and Live MORE", focusing on the dangers of texting and driving, not allowing social media to rule our lives, and more! Her presentation was followed with a days worth of break out sessions and concluded with a semi formal dance to close out the evening. Sunday morning I provided the closing keynote address called, "Leadership & Legacy", as I challenged the 300 plus students to become active leaders in their community and leave behind a legacy of good works to inspire the next general! Below you can find a few more pictures from the conference! 

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Devine Carama Talks Leadership & Anti-Bullying to Over 3,500 Students in North Carolina!

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Words from our director, Devine Carama, on his recent trip to present to student in North Carolina.

“Twice a year for the last 4 years I’ve had the privilege of visiting Greensboro & Charlotte, NC to present to students my hip hop based message on youth leadership and anti-bullying. My relationship with North Carolina was established back in 2009 when I briefly lived their to further pursue my music career. I moved back to KY shortly after but stayed in touch with artists, educators, and friends in the area over the years. When I started doing motivational youth speaking in my hometown of Lexington, KY 5 years ago, the natural next step was to begin presenting in North Carolina. This week I had the opportunities to facilitate my “Leadership & Legacy” & “Power of Words” presentations to Pioneer Spring Community School, Charlotte Secondary School, Oaklawn Language Academy, & Jay M. Robinson Middle School in Charlotte, T. Wingate Andrews High School in High Point, and Graham Middle School in Burlington, NC. A total of 6 schools, 12 presentations, and over 3,500 students! We discussed everything from leadership, anti-bullying, cultivating a personal belief system, standing up for the unpopular “good”, as well as the history of spoken word and hip hop. “

Devine Carama Talks "Leadership & Legacy" to Over 1,000 East Jessamine Students!

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On Friday, February 22nd our director, Devine Carama, gave his Leadership & Legacy presentation to over 1,000 East Jessamine County students for their annual Black History month celebration. He engaged the students with a focus on being brave enough to stand up for what is right even when it’s not popular and a balanced and non combative approach to being a leader among their peers. The lecture was surrounded by a student reciting Maya Angelou’sPhenomenal Woman” and the EJCHS Choir performing several songs that set an inspiring mood for the assembly! For more information on booking Devine Carama to speak, contact us a BelievingInForever@gmail.com

Hip Hop Artist, Devine Carama, Talks to Franklin Co. High About "Leadership & Legacy"!

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Today our founder, Devine Carama, got the opportunity to talk to over 500 students at Franklin County High School in Frankfort, KY about youth leadership and leaving behind a positive legacy. Devine described his experience today with the words below:

“I was blessed with the opportunity to speak at Franklin County High School for the first time ever today! Though I only had 30 minutes with these 500 plus future leaders, the conversation was engaging and hopefully fruitful. We talked about embracing our uniqueness, developing a belief system, and standing up for the right things even when it’s not popular. Looking forward to coming back and building with these young kings and queens even more throughout the school year!”

Devine has upcoming presentations at East Jessamine County High School in Nicholasville, Ky , Paris High School in Paris, KY, 6 schools in Charlotte, NC at the end of the month, and 5 schools in Portland, OR in April. For more information on Devine’s motivational presentation contact us at BelievingInForever@gmail.com

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Devine Carama Speaks to 1,200 Students at Woodford Co. High School's Unity Day!

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Our founder, Devine Carama recently presented his “Leadership & Legacy” presentation to over 600 students at B. Caudill Middle School in Richmond, KY & over 1,000 students at Woodford County High School in Versailles, KY. At WCHS some of the students have complained of division among students with reasons ranging from class, race, and just typical high school drama. Devine focused his presentation at Woodford County on embracing individual uniqueness, developing passion, standing up for what’s right even when it’s not popular, and finding functional ways to deliver a positive message to their peers. Educator Kristin Wilson and her students did an amazing job facilitating a diverse and impactful unity event. Check out a couple of photos of Devine’s 2 presentations below! To book Devine for your school contact us at BelievingInForever@gmail.com

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Devine Carama Speaks to 1200 Bourbon County Students About Leadership

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This past week our founder, Devine Carama, had the opportunity to speak to over 1200 students at Bourbon County Middle & High School. He spoke to each grade level separately about an array of topics including bullying, youth leadership, leaving behind a legacy, the impact education has on their future and more! The Kentucky hip hop artist is schedule to travel and speak to students in North Carolina, Seattle, WA, Chicago, IL, Portland, Oregon, over the next couple of months. 

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Rapper Performs Outside For 48 Hours To Collect Coats For Kids!

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Our founder, Devine Carama, performed for 24 and then 48 hours straight outside in the cold in front of the Lexington, Ky courthouse to raise awareness for our 4th annual “A Coat To Keep The Cold Away” youth coat drive. Check out the documentary entitled, “Art Of Sacrifice”, that chronicles the impact that the those 72 hours had on Devine and his family. Video directed by Fox Fed Productions.

5th Annual "A Coat To Keep The Cold Away" Youth Coat Drive!

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This month we are initiating our 5th Annual "A Coat To Keep The Cold Away" youth coat drive! Last year we gave away nearly 3000 coats in the Central & Eastern Kentucky areas and this year we plan to meet the community's needs again. We are taking request for families/schools in need of winter coats until November 21st & then we plan on distributing coats the first week of December! Would love your help in getting the word out for those with children or students that are in need of coats this winter! All request for help are completely anonymous. I don't even need the names of the students that you think may be in need. I just need amount of coats needed and sizes! Keep your eye out as the temperature drops over the next few weeks & keep me posted if you see anyone in need. I have some physical flyers for the coat drive as well if you need some. 

5 Lexington Youth Win Laptops In Leadership Contest!

Meet our 2018 Believing In Forever Inc. #YouthLeadershipThroughServicecontest winners! Victoria Jackson, Jamayla Sweat, Daikerra Sweat, Layla Plakosh and Mahkia Fountain! Each of these young queens completed at least 10 hours of community service this summer and a 2 page essay on how youth can make a positive impact in their community! Last night at our first Student Summit Series, these ladies were awarded with some back-to-school supplies as well as a refurbished laptop courtesy of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown, KY! Congratulations ladies! We also gave away over 50 backpacks last night courtesy of YMCA of Central Kentucky#BelievingInForever

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Believing In Forever Benefit Ride Raises Over $800 For Youth Coat Drive!

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Wow! Saturday, July 14th, over 20 friends joined in on Tyra Tyger Harbut birthday benefit ride for Believing In Forever Inc. in which we raised over $800 for this year annual #ACoatToKeepTheColdAway youth coat drive! Such a unique way to support our cause! Special thanks to CYCLEBAR and Tyra for hosting such an amazing experience and all of the people that came out and supported! It was hard but a very fun and rewarding experience! #BelievingInForever

Believing In Forever Giving Away 20 Laptops Through Service & Essay Contest!

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One of the ways Believing In Forever Inc looks to build community is by empowering youth leadership through taking individual initiative for a collective goal and community service. In an continued effort to do that, we are launching a new annual Youth Leadership Through Service Back to School Contest where we will give away 20 laptops, along with other back to school essentials in an educational gift basket to youth participants ages 12-17 that perform at least 10 hours of community service and write a 2 page essay on the unique approach they will take towards being a leader in the community. For more details contact BelievingInForever@gmail.com

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Hip Hop Artist, Devine Carama, Teaches College Leadership Course & Students Complete Album...

Lexington indie MC & community activist and our founder, Devine Carama, (has opened up and worked with acts like Talib Kweli, Big KRIT, Cunningynguist, Nappy Roots, Little Brother, Canibus, Nemo Achida, Allen Poe and more!) along side associate professor Bryan Hains, were given the opportunity to teach a hip hop & community development class at the University of Kentucky this year called "Lyricism & Leadership: Hip Hop & Community Change". The 4-week summer elective course ended with a final exam of the class completing an 8 song EP entitled, Agents of Change Volume 1, featuring themes of challenges that economically impoverished communities face. Now that the project is completed, they are to market the project and give the proceeds to a local nonprofit. The class chose "On The Move Art Studio", a traveling art studio that cities inner city communities with FREE art workshops, as the nonprofit to donate to. 

Agents of Change Volume 1 Available Now!!

https://believinginforever.bandcamp.com/album/agents-of-change-volume-1

Devine Carama's Thoughts

"The 6 students engaging this final exam had never professionally recorded or put out any music before and all of them come from complete different racial ,generational, and economic backgrounds. The purpose of the class was to highlight the evolution of "leadership" and community development. Leadership is no longer preserved for rich, powerful white business men in suits. Leadership can be exhibited by anyone taking a stand or using their voices through whatever talents, gifts, and opportunities they have. Whether a blogger, artist, or a bus driver, everyone has the capacity to lead in alternative ways. I myself don't have a college degree, so being a hip hop artist and given the opportunity to teach a college class in itself is an example of how "leadership" and community development has changed."

Lexington Students Get "A's" on Report Cards & Earn 457 FREE Haircuts!

This is good news from some Lexington YOUTH! PLEASE SHARE!! Good morning everyone! The Believing In Forever Inc.’s  #GradeACut  initiative final numbers are in! This is a program we started where a select number of boys from a school had the opportunity to earn FREE haircut vouchers for every “A” he received on his final report card of 2017. Below are the final number of vouchers earned from each school and the barbers that are helping out with this initiative!   William Wells Brown Elementary - 41 Booker T Washington Academy Elementary – 89  Harrison Elementary -21 Picadome Elementary School - 39 Leestown Middle School - 81 Lexington Trad Magnet School – 24  Bryan Station Middle School - 113 Bryan Station High School – 49   For a grand total of  457 FREE haircuts!   Big thanks to Anthony Burdette of Platinum Barbershop, Robert George aka “Future” of Final Cuts barbershop, RJ Cobb of Cultural Cuts Barbershop, Jonathan Bronaugh at Idle Hour Barbershop, Fades Barbershop, Choice Barbershop, A DJ Cut Barbershop, & The Illustrated Barbershop for donating some of your services!   

This is good news from some Lexington YOUTH! PLEASE SHARE!!
Good morning everyone! The Believing In Forever Inc.’s #GradeACut initiative final numbers are in! This is a program we started where a select number of boys from a school had the opportunity to earn FREE haircut vouchers for every “A” he received on his final report card of 2017. Below are the final number of vouchers earned from each school and the barbers that are helping out with this initiative!

William Wells Brown Elementary - 41
Booker T Washington Academy Elementary – 89
Harrison Elementary -21
Picadome Elementary School - 39
Leestown Middle School - 81
Lexington Trad Magnet School – 24
Bryan Station Middle School - 113
Bryan Station High School – 49

For a grand total of 457 FREE haircuts!

Big thanks to Anthony Burdette of Platinum Barbershop, Robert George aka “Future” of Final Cuts barbershop, RJ Cobb of Cultural Cuts Barbershop, Jonathan Bronaugh at Idle Hour Barbershop, Fades Barbershop, Choice Barbershop, A DJ Cut Barbershop, & The Illustrated Barbershop for donating some of your services!