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Eshay

graduated from Washburn High School. She is a spoken word artist, actress, and director that plans to continue her education and study theater and history.

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Michael

graduated from South High School.  Over the summer he is working as a graphic designer through Rev Academy, and he will be attending Columbia College Chicago, majoring in Graphic Design.

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Shakira

graduated from Burnsville Alternative High School.  She enjoys performing stand-up comedy and is very interested in pursuing a career in the culinary arts.

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Lucien

graduated from Washburn High School. He is a Hip Hop artist that will attend the University of Wisconsin - Madison, taking part in the First Wave learning community. Check out his website at http://www.lucienparker.com/.

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Ivey

graduated from Park Center Senior High as part of the International Baccalaureate program.  She will attend the University of Oklahoma to major in computer engineering.

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Helen

graduated from Burnsville Alternative High School. She is passionate about music and her family, and will be attending a community college. Someday, she hopes to become a midwife.

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Eshay's Quick Facts

Nickname:   Shabba

Favorite food: spaghetti

Favorite place in MN: Pillsbury House Theater

Favorite Music: R & B, hip-hop, jazz/blues

Personal definition of success:  Reaching your dreams, achieving your goals.

Words to live by: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”          

- Maya Angelou

Social/societal issue she fights for:  Black voice, not just being a voice, but making an impact. 


Michael's Quick Facts

Nicknames: Doman, Mike, Lil' Mike

Favorite food: baked mac 'n' cheese

Favorite places in MN: Uptown, Soundset, Downtown Minneapolis, Elliot Skate Plaza, Walker Art Center

Favorite Music: hip-hop and jazz

Inspiring figures: Parents and Malcolm X  

Words to live by: No progress without resistance.  

Social/societal issues he fights for: Education, social/race relations  

  

 

 

Shakira's Quick Facts

Nickname: Shy

Favorite places in MN: Chipotle, the Mall of America, her bedroom

Music artists and groups she is currently listening to: The Weekend, Asking Alexandria, Fetty Wap

Personal Definition of Success: Being true to yourself

Inspiring figures: her mom, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Passion: cooking

Social/societal issue she fights: child abuse

 

 

 

Lucien's Quick Facts

Nickname: Luc

Favorite food: knowledge

Currently Listening to: Kendrick, J. Cole, Noname Gypsy, Joey Bada$$

Inspiring figures: his father, Eshay, his group, his girlfriend

Passions: recording music, rapping, writing, and performing

Words to live by: Live freely, make your own path

Social/societal issues he fights for: equality, self-education, Black achievement; the fight against police brutality and violence against African Americans

 

Ivey's Quick Facts

Nickname: Nellie

Favorite food: all seafood, especially shrimp

Favorite places in MN: State Fair, Soundset, downtown Minneapolis

Personal defintion of success: Success is anything that a person does that they’ve worked hard for and ended up with the intended outcome.

Passions: education, volleyball, and food

Words to live by: The only time that success comes before work is in the dictionary!

Social/societal issue she fights forEquity




Helen's Quick Facts

Nicknames: Lil' Mama, Nelah

Favorite food: Fettuccini Alfredo

Favorite MN places & events: Pride, Minnetonka, especially the waterfalls

Personal defintion of success: to do something you love and have always dreamed of doing

Passions: family, music, leukemia patients

Words to live by: “Carpe Diem” & “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today”

Social/societal issues she fights for: Leukemia Patients, Black Lives Matter

 





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