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_MG_9369Jim Jones, Slow Bucks, Lumidee & more proved Hip-Hop definitely has a heart yesterday,and it was on full display at the Bedstuy Multi-Service center for the 6th Annual ‘I Will Graduate Day’ pep rally.

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Kids selected from schools from all five boroughs packed the Bedstuy Multi-Service center excited to see surprise celebrity guests encouraging them to stay in school and performances. Jim Jones, Slow Bucks, Ashanti’s sister Shia Douglas and singer/songwriter/actress Rachel Lorin each spoke the kids stressing the importance of graduating and getting a good education. They ensured them that there is no easy path to success and that only hard work, determination and graduating will keep them on the right path. Checkout photos from the event below…

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Jim Jones and Co-founder of the “I Will Graduate” initiative Tonya Lewis talking to the kids.

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Shia Douglas co-owner of Dymes Only clothing brand talking to the kids.

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Pictured left to right: Sakara Burns, Shia Douglas, Slow Bucks, Tonya Lewis & Jim Jones.

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Shia Douglas taking selfies with the students.

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Jim Jones and a lucky student doing it for the gram.

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Lumidee came out to support, she looks great by the way.

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Rachel Lorin put on a very energetic performance for the kids.

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President of ‘I Will Graduate’ Sanchez Tuitt.

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Slow Bucks and Tonya Lewis.

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Jim Jones, Tonya Lewis, and Bucks of Slow Bucks.

About us:  Entertainers 4 Education Alliance, Inc (E4EA) is a non-profit 501c3 approved organization that utilizes the power of celebrities, musicians, sports figures, high profile individuals and entertainment to promote positive messages to young people about the importance of education, personal advancement and social commitment. Entertainers 4 Education Alliance believes that every student deserves a quality education. E4EA is committed to strengthening our communities by lowering the alarmingly high dropout rate in America’s schools. 


The “I WILL GRADUATE CAMPAIGN,” is E4EA’s dropout prevention campaign and call to action for students, parents, and the entire community to increase educational achievement in our youth. Our goal is to provide powerful messages to students about the importance of education, through various forms of multimedia and events.

Shoutout: Soulgee/Entertainers 4 Education Alliance

Photos courtesy of SFPL’s own: Bernard ‘Beanz’ Smalls

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