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10-01-2004, 08:49 PM
Def Jam recording artist Ja Rule sought support Friday for a campaign to stem killings among young blacks, especially in southeast Queens.

There were 17 homicides last year in the 113th Precinct, which covers the area, police said.

"It's hard growing up where we come from," Ja Rule, 28, a Hollis native whose name is Jeffrey Atkins, told tenant and community leaders, as well as representatives of elected officials who help support youth programs run by his Love Ignites Freedom and Education -- or LIFE -- Foundation.

The two-year-old organization, which Ja Rule said he founded "to give kids a second chance," provides counseling, arts, sports and other activities for youths who have behavior or attendance problems or are underachieving in schools.

Calling for more community involvement, Atkins said: "We have to get together and give back, especially the ones with a little more time and money. That's what the LIFE Foundation is about."

The rapper, who dropped out of John Adams High School in the 11th grade, said he could relate to many of the youths his foundation seeks to help.

Ja Rule said the streets were his home until his music "kicked off and helped my life."

The LIFE program is currently underway at August Martin High School in Jamaica and at the Baisley and South Jamaica housing developments. There are plans to introduce it at Far Rockaway High School and at Thomas Jefferson High school in Brooklyn.

Janet Hawkins, a tenant leader at South Jamaica Houses, said many young people who hang out on street corners need something to do.

"We need help," she said. Successful people from the community should return to "help keep the children off the streets and stop the killing." A. U. Hogan, president of the tenants Association at the Baisley Park Houses, thanked Ja Rule for getting involved. "Our neighborhoods are under siege by what we do to one another," Hogan said. "Young brothers and sisters look up to our artists. Ja Rule has not forgotten his community."







http://www.newsday.com/news/local/newyork/nyc-rule1002,0,542727.story?coll=ny-nynews-headlines

YouAintHatin
10-01-2004, 09:28 PM
That's good to see Ja helping out his hometown in anyway he can. Not every successful entertainer takes out the time and effort to actually help out others, it's good to know that Ja is alble to use his fame for a good cause.

buddhachoi
10-01-2004, 09:59 PM
That's exactly why I respect him so much...

Freaky_Tah
10-01-2004, 10:41 PM
^ word!!!

k_kiss
10-01-2004, 10:48 PM
nice to seee......good post

C-RULE
10-02-2004, 06:29 AM
Yeah this is good shit to see,ja helping his community out will give him a lot of respect in his area. ;)

Dermo
10-02-2004, 08:34 AM
good article thanks.

buddhachoi
10-02-2004, 11:27 AM
Most other rappers/celebrities have their heads too far up their asses to do something like dat

MurdaIncChick
10-02-2004, 11:47 AM
^ yeah thats true...

bds14
10-02-2004, 04:02 PM
Nice to see him showing love to where he came from

theinc12
10-03-2004, 01:10 PM
Originally posted by Dermo
good article thanks.

thanks