CBS Feature – Beats Rhymes And Life Uses Hip Hop As Non-Traditional Therapy

OAKLAND (KPIX 5) The lyrics are deceptively simple, scripted to describe everyday life — like where to buy lunch, studying for an exam, even sharing the same first name as a close friend. But the meaning behind the rap is much deeper. This jam session is being conducted at Beats Rhymes and Life, an Oakland-based non-profit that combines hip-hop and rap with self-care.

BRL ALUMNI ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE

BRL Academy members challenged policy makers to prioritize addressing the mental health needs of African American boys and young men in 2015.

EAST OAKLAND: FALL PROGRAM

This project will create an outlet for Oakland’s Youth and “re-imagine” how the city and its partners can come together with youth to build a movement towards mental health and well-being…

BRL SHOWCASE HIGHLIGHTS YOUTH VOICE

BRL would like to thank all who came out on May 20th to our Spring 2014 Youth Showcase: My Life In Rhymes! Your presence was key in helping us create the Community of Care for our youth that is needed to support them in their creative, personal and leadership development. Our Spring showcase featured youth from our site partners including, Seneca …

MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS

On May 13th, BRL Founder Tomas Alvarez III and BRL Academy Member, Shawn McGowan traveled to the California’s State Capitol to advocate for the needs of Transition Age Youth (TAY) at the ‘Mental Health Matters‘ statewide rally. Tomas and Shawn shared how BRL is using Hip Hop Therapy to reduce stigma associated with mental illness and receiving mental health services. Other speakers …

BRL TRAVELS TO KINGS COUNTY

This month, BRL hit the road to Kings County to participate in a statewide conference held by the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare & Attendance (CASCW). BRL’s presentation included a keynote address by Executive Director, Tomas Alvarez III and a lunchtime performance by BRL Academy member, Shawn McGowan. Both presentations encouraged providers and policy makers to adopt an …