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Young Positive Role Models

The Grammy Awards is a first class production, with few if any glitches, such as wrong camera angles or sound systems dead air time. The one thing that made me most proud of the Grammy Award family, is they stayed true to their heritage. The Best New Artist may not sell the most CD’s or be the most popular new artist.
Jazz artist aren’t typically nominated in this category, which makes this extra special.

Please meet our newest Young Positive Role Model, Ms. Esperanza Spalding, the 53rd Grammy Awards 2011 Best New Artist of the Year. Esperanza deftly blends classical and jazz to create modern chamber music, with touches of folk and world music as well.

Although she was raised in a single parent home, that didn’t stop Esperanza Spalding from finding and pursuing her niche in life. Jazz. She has performed for President Barack Obama, worked with Jazz legends like Herbie Hancock and Prince.

What makes Esperanza stand apart from many artist is her desire to shine the light on not only herself, but wishes her accomplishment illuminates the many facets of jazz for her and her colleagues alike.
Her next performance will be in Portland Oregon at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Newmark Center.

Esperanza stated back stage that finding and pursuing her niche in life was easy, because of her love for music. “It’s in my heart” she said. Keep your eyes and ears open for her latest release “Chamber Music Society”. Meet our newest Young Positive Role Model. Ms. Esperanza Spalding.

Rockyj Owens

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Young Positive Role Models


Young Positive Role Model’s
the series, is dedicated to those young and old who have not been able to find their niche in life, until now. Young positive role models will share their one moment of choice, that they think, made a difference in their life.

Just the other day I ran into an associate of mine by the name of Mr. Hill, at the Metropolitan Square gift shop, in Beautiful Downtown St. Louis Mo. Mr. Hill is a retired Security guard and client of mine at Complete Auto Wash And Wax, at the Met.

When I saw him glowing in the gift shop, I wanted to know what it was that made him look as if he had seen an angel. Did he have a winning lottery ticket? They had sold a winning ticket the week before for $725,000

No, Mr Hill was on cloud nine because he was a proud papa. He began to tell me that his daughter was featured in a Jet magazine article on page 39. I immediately grabbed a copy and searched for the daughter of Mr. Hill.

Shazzam, there she is. Ms. Tanise Hill, age 27, senior designer for Restricted Footwear a Womans shoe Manufacturer in Los Angeles California. He proudly said, she’s also in O magazine. Now I understood why Mr. Hill was glowing. He was a proud Papa.

I immediately did my google search on Ms Tanise Hill and was thrilled to see a young positive role model, who made one positive choice that drove her to pursue her niche in life. After reading about Ms. Hill, and thinking about how proud I am of my two daughters who have both found their niche ‘s in life, I understood why Mr Hill was glowing. Right then and there, I decided, that there is enough negative press about our young folks, lets here some good news. Hence this article young positive role models, was born.

Whether young or old, we could all learn something from a young positive role model, that can lead us towards finding our niche in life. Hopefully comments from our young positive role models will help someone.

If you have a young positive role model that you are proud of, please share your comments with us.

Rockyj Owens