Though many faced economic turmoil in 2011, many did not let go of what they deemed the American Dream. It is holding on to their idea of the American Dream which will propell them into the success which await them in 2012.
What is the American Dream?
The American Dream is one of those foggy terms. It is used by those embarking on a long, often dangerous, journey to the United States of America. The term is utilized when empowering students to achieve their highest level of greatness. “American Dream” is also used as a measure of one’s own achievement in comparison to others. It is generally accepted that there is an American Dream. What is not always agreed upon is that the realization of that dream is available to all regardless of race, religion, gender, sexuality, and so on. Some feel empowered by the prospect of realizing the American Dream and to others the dream is so large they feel as if they are crushed by it. Philadelphians and those in Washington, DC can walk through the museums to see the American Dream documented, pursued, and realized. Unfortunately, they can also see those living on the streets because somehow the American Dream evaded them. Read more of What is the American Dream?
Hip Hop & the American Dream
A true student or master of hip hop will understand the difference between hip hop the culture and rap music. True hip hop is about expression not just empty rhyming words. True hip hop is about having something to say, impacting others, and growing beyond the confines of your neighborhood. That expression takes place in the music, fashion, art, literary, and political arenas. There is a lot which can be said (and has been said) addressing the negativity found within rap music and some aspects of the hip hop culture. However, throughout the evolution of hip hop one thing which has remained constant is the use of it as a medium through which one can express feelings about the American Dream. Read more of Hip Hop & the American Dream
The American Dream kept alive by educating incarcerated Philadelphia youth
A life-long resident of Philadelphia and current resident in the Mt. Airy section of the city, Mr. Hilderbrand Pelzer III has a unique passion for the youth of Philadelphia. Mr Pelzer is an award-winning educator. He served the youth as a teacher, principal, and assistant regional superintendent. Impressively, Mr. Pelzer received national recognition for his leadership at the Pennypack House School (a Philadelphia public school which operates within the Philadelphia juvenile prison system). Read more of The American Dream kept alive by educating incarcerated Philadelphia youth