By Kevin Clark

Dakar was hosted by Revolt Tv to a studio tour and discussion with senior executive James Brown about how to get our media academy prepared for development utilizing the new State Of California Career Readiness Campaign guidelines.

Dakar has been in active discussion with several movements ; the Digital Hollywood For Global Change, and the National Mentoring Center flagship Partnerships Program, and Jay Tucker, the USC Information Content Management (CTM), and USC @ Silicon Beach

Victor Harwood, Digital Hollywood has made the following challenge “  I would like to propose one specific idea to coordinate with Dakar and My Brother’s Keeper. “

“The High School Record Company – a Joint proposed project of Compton Unified School District and the Music Industry.  This idea is simple – maybe someone has already tried it – but it seems like a perfect and obvious fit.”

As an example of project based learning, Victor followed with,  ”We want to bring the expertise of Music Industry executives and artists as a mentoring-support system to high school students in setting up an actual “Record Company” with Artist Development, Recording Studio, Marketing and Promotion and Performance of Music.”

Dakar is in discussion with Revolt, Digital Hollywood, and USC CTM to create an advisory board to pull a default curriculum that will adapt and scale for the Compton Unified School District (CUSD) for fall 2015.  The mentorship component will provide an overlay to enrich the curriculum with career professionals who will volunteer their time, underwritten by their corporations good will.

Mentorship will be the lynchpin to tie together the potential resources necessary to carry our plan to term.  Dakar is being supported with a technical assistance grant  from a  National Mentor Program to get proficient in delivering an end-to-end program for mentoring an academy, not just it’s constituents.

Dakar  board member, Terrence Coles was at Revolt Studio, and remarked “Revolt TV is redefining the media business for professionals of color.

“Revolt is pushing the boundaries for state of the art content production and distribution.They have also provided unfettered access to all levels of management and career opportunities for our students. “

Ryan Whetstone, Director of Career Tech, CUSD was on hand for Revolt tour and has Dakar focused on new State Of California framework for matching our curriculum with Arts, Media, and Entertainment career pathways.

CUSD has been aggressively looking for corporate partners to bolster their career tech initiatives.  The first studio tour took place, October 22nd at the Hollywood Riviera Studio in Torrance, Ca.

CUSD school board President-Micah Ali,  Director of Curriculum and Curriculum - Dwight Davis, Dakar board member-Terrence Coles, and Ryan Whetstone were invited to see the facilities and discuss Hollywood Riviera’s curriculum that has a 90 percent career placement for their graduates.

Dakar thanks all of the people involved in pulling together our tour, James Brown, Angela, Turner, Alexandra Bunch, Lauren  Walker, Katie Lobianco, and Kristin Walker.

This was the fourth occasion in which Dakar had the pleasure of Revolt’s support.  Last month Revolt participated in our Digital Hollywood Panel, and on September 26th,  Angela Turner  and Stacci Smith came to Compton’s Channel 26 for a  national live  broadcast  produced by the Dakar Media Academy’s student crew.   Our first Revolt event was the Trey Songz Takeover, which we posted months ago.


Dakar Foundations Makers Academy was invited with press credentials to a special outdoor Revolt TV Live capture of the Trey Songz TakeOver and Q & A.  Dakar blogged and steamed from the Hollywood and Highland venue, and yes the show was crackin!   Below are a few clips from our livesteam channel.

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First and foremost we want to thank sr. vp of content distribution, James Brown with providing access, and second we thank Trey Songz for keeping the energy and authenticity high.  There will be more commentary to come about Revolt TV and its collision course with being an MCN.  Until then, Stay tuned and stay connected to Homageusa.

Our mission was to  cover the more than hundred Revolt TV crew members needed to pull of this production.  We were given access to look over the crew member shoulders as they performed their tasks as a cohesive unit.

The staff and crew were helpful, by given us power to charge our smartphones,  taken by staff member back stage to get a stage managers point-of-view, and  escorted by security to get our best shots.

Catch the full performance of The Trey Songz TakeOver, June 29th at 2 PM PST, Revolt TV, Time Warner Cable.  “Revolt TV Live, airs live at 5 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. ET daily.

The original, one-hour show features special guests, artists, and live performances converging at Revolt’s studio in Hollywood.  The show discusses the “hot” stories of the day, along with breaking news and new music releases.

The Audience was energetic throughout, and many had been in line since 11am in the morning waiting to get  a spot inside of the complex as Hollywood and Highland.

Although the performance  was taped live, corespondents were on the scene to provide live cut-ins for social network audiences viewing as far away as Australia, and as near as Los Angeles.

During Trey Songz’s interview we’re struck by his answer about one of his most memorable performances.  He remarked that South Africa was  one of the places that held a special place., ” stating that to be so far away from home yet, feeling at home with the love they showed.

One of Dakar Makers Academy goals is to get our students to mimic professional operations of the crew we witnessed Monday, July 28th. We’ll keep our students primed and in the laboratory for the next opportunity to learn more about Revolt TV’s theories and business and practices .

Below is a slide show comprised of the photographs of our interns camera.  We hope you enjoyed our capture, we surely enjoyed being there and feel confident the Revolt TV is going to be a big deal on cable and online.

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Before the age of three, Ray Goren played nursery songs on his toy keyboard. By the age of five, he was playing his favorite tunes by Thelonious Monk, J.J. Johnson, Lee Morgan, Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Jackie McLean and Oscar Peterson.

A few years later, while searching Youtube, Ray stumbled on a clip of BB King, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy and Albert Collins playing together. Before the day was over, with the Internet at his disposal, Ray discovered many other blues and rock greats including Albert King, Luther Alison, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Otis Rush.  After talking his parents into getting him a guitar, Ray put all of his musical efforts into learning the blues before going back to playing other styles.

Ray started to write his own original music which draws primarily from R&B, Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Gospel. In the winter of 2013 Ray went into the studio and started to recorded some of his original tunes. The result of his efforts is an EP called “LA Sessions” which was produced by Eddie Kramer (Hendrix, Kiss, Led Zeppelin). LA Sessions is scheduled for release at the end of June 2014. Ray has continued to record his original music and expects to release a second EP during the summer of 2014.

Aside from his original music and studio work, in 2012  Ray visited Bell’s – a blues juke-joint located in South Central Los Angeles. There, he met Jamie “Bluesboy” Powell and Harmonica Sammy Lee.  Playing together, the three instantly discovered a spiritual connection. They formed the Generation Blues Experience and for the past two years have bonded through their love for music. They still play shows throughout California regularly.

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Ray Goren was the highlight of the Saturday showcase of musicians at the Central Street Jazz Festival, that included Patrice Rushen, Ndougu Chancler and and many more.  His guitar was without peer, and amazed many of the veteran musician in attendance.



Thursday 17July-Dakar Foundation was hosted by Angela MacAfee  (Musication) Ryan Whetstone of the Compton Unified School District (CUSD), and The Greater Good Foundation, Megan and La’Miya Good for a thrilling day of music, poetry, acting by a special group of Compton elementary and middle school students.

The students were excited to see and hear from philanthropist and actor Meagan Good, and R&B singer Shanice Wilson and a host of other mentors.Musication is co-located inside of Centennial high for the summer and has produced a multi-disciplined arts curriculum for students who come from challenged circumstances.

The students displayed a range of spirited performance for a group that was comprised of school board members, community activists and collaborators from local non profit organizations.

Dakar was able to see firsthand the wonderful work Musication and its partners are bringing to the CUSD, and we’re looking for more in the near future, with a proposed walkathon later in September…Stay tuned.