Written by Vonyetta from Power 98

When you heard someone say “Hip-hop saved my life,” that statement is 100% true. I remember when I first started making career decisions in middle school. The entire time, I wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon with a main concentration in pediatrics. I took Health Occupations in high school to do everything I could to set myself up.

Well, eventually, I started to do a syndicated debate radio show in high school called The Teen Forum Show. We traveled around the east coast weekly broadcasting live from various high schools and colleges and it was fun. Then, I started to really love the radio thing and then I started working in hip-hop radio at the age of 17 and it was then, I realized that Hip hop was definitely going to save my life and it was one of the things that did just that.

That short story can shed a little bit of light on why I’m excited about this mural at Camp Northend. There will be so many other components that will go along with this mural, and I plan to be at as many of those events as possible to view the beauty of hip hop changing more lives.

Alexis Zarycki is your average girl with the hopes of leaving an everlasting impact on the world. Follow her on Instagram @official_lexpaige