Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Heal the Hood Foundation - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Heal the Hood Foundation

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Nothing gets a kid's attention like a good beat, but a beat with a message is the mission for entertainers who make up the "Heal the Hood Foundation."

The foundation has been a mainstay in Memphis City Schools for a few years now.

"The message that they bring, making positive choices staying in school, staying out of gangs, has really helped our children a whole lot," said Principal Barbara Beaver of Alton Elementary.

It's a message the school principal hopes will override what her students may hear in the neighborhood streets

The concerts happen at several schools throughout the year - schools in some of the toughest neighborhoods in the city.

"The things that happen to them in the community spill over into the school," said Heal the Hood's Ladell Beamon. "What we're able to do is meet them at a ground where we already have their attention, so we can bring our entertainment to the students so we can bring our message that we have for them."

Even on the last day of school.  A concert at Alton Elementary was just one of five schools Heal the Hood performed at last week, along with special guest music mogul Master P - who had a message of his own.

"If they see me they'll realize that they can be something else in life that they can change their lives, because my life didn't start off perfect," he said.

Parent Tawanda Stewart believes Master P and Heal the Hood's message will resonate with her 5th grade son, but she's not relying on their message and this concert alone.

"We do plan to take a couple of trips this summer to go see my dad, and to travel within Tennessee and to do some educational things as well," she said.

It's a plan to keep her son busy, and hopefully out of trouble during the long summer months.

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