The night also felt like a family reunion. There's a picture of me smiling like a cheesy kindergartener with two Sessions youth that I haven't seen in years. Jaffar is a former student turned instructor who at one point I promised I would take him to Disneyland when he finished college. (The promise still stands!) The thing that tripped me out the most was his brother. I kept telling Abdul that I used to be taller than him! These kids will always be my little brothers and sisters. They've gone from knuckleheads in SIPA's conference room to grown ass folks handling everyday life.
Thank you to everyone who came out last night! Sessions LA is preparing to start programming this month. Fund raised from last night will go towards getting programming in gear! If you enjoyed the music and vibe last night. If you want to support the youth of Los Angeles with community programming that turns their experiences into beats, rhymes, and lyrics. I highly recommend you support Sessions LA. They are currently running a Crowdrise campaign: Keep Sessions LA Alive. You can add your dollars to good music and good people.
Can't wait to color, unwind, and enjoy yummy ice cream with everyone!