Updates

BLACK MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS

On April 7th, BRL hosted a focus group for African American young men to talk about mental health and the barriers they face in accessing meaningful support. The focus group was a part of a statewide project called the California Reducing Disparities Project (CDRP) which seeks to move away from “business as usual” and provide a …

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BRL ON REVOLT TV

We are proud to share that A Lovely Day premiered nationally on Revolt TV on Sunday, March 9th! Below is a promo trailer Revolt made to promote the film which will be show a total of 17 times in the next two years. Revolt TV is a new cable channel developed by Hip Hop icon P.Diddy. Check …

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HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE A VOICE TO HEAL THEMSELVES

Greetings, Over nine years ago, a social worker and teaching artist came together to create an alternative therapeutic outlet for young men of color turned off by traditional mental health services. Fast forward to present day and Beats, Rhymes and Life has blossomed into an innovative community-based organization that is changing the field of adolescent mental health through Hip …

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BRLHQ GETS NEW SPONSOR

We are proud to announce thatSherwin-Williams just became a sponsor of BRLHQ! In addition to providing all of the paint products for our space, Sherwin-Williams will be commissioning local artist, Joshua Mays to paint a mural in our HQ that represents our work in the community and our vision for the future. Click here to learn more about BRLHQ and see renderings of our new space.

THANKS TO OUR FUNDERS

We would like to recognize and appreciate our recent funders, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board and The Barrios Trust for supporting our work and helping us further our mission of cultivating youth change makers in Oakland. Through their support, we will be able to facilitate a youth-led activity group in the Spring at Oakland High focused around the issues of school engagement and truancy. With this new funding, we will also be able to build our internal capacity and further develop our funding efforts. We are grateful to funders like State Farm YAB and The Barrios Trust who will have a big impact on the growth and sustainability of BRL.

BRL GOES NATIONAL

It’s official! Revolt TV, the new network created by Sean “Puffy” Combs just finalized a deal with ‘A Lovely Day’ film director, Kerri Gawryn to distribute the documentary about BRL youth for the next two years. Now millions of viewers will be able to watch and appreciate the rich stories of our Oakland youth and learn about how BRL is using Rap Therapy to help our youth heal, grow and lead.