Randy Mason

“Find Our Way” Student Celebration

R.H.Y.M.E X LRYOH “You shouldn’t let fear stand in the way of what you want to do.”- Demetrius (Youth participant) On May 5th, 2022 students who wrote and produced the song “Find Our Way” as part of the R.H.Y.M.E x LRYOH winter music and mentoring project came together with family and friends to see their…

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“Find Our Way”

R.H.Y.M.E X LRYOH R.H.Y.M.E (Rhymes Help Young Minds Excel) winter music and mentoring program in collaboration with LRYOH The Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub. Participants worked together to tackle serious issues such as the pandemic and gun violence to collaboratively write and record a heartfelt song titled “Find Our Way.” In addition to recording an original…

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Books, Beats, & Bars: Jackie Robinson

R.H.Y.M.E x The Point CDC x Bronx Arts Elementary Rhymes help young minds excel 2022 Winter music and mentoring program in collaboration with The Point CDC and Bronx Arts Elementary. 2nd grade scholars met with Thrive Collective teaching artist, Randy Mason twice a week for 12 weeks as part of the R.H.Y.M.E Books Beats &…

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Books, Beats & Bars: DJ Kool Herc

R.H.Y.M.E x The Point CDC x Bronx Arts Elementary In February of 2022 Bronx Arts Elementary 5th grade scholars met with Thrive Collective teaching artist, Randy Mason twice a week for several weeks as part of the R.H.Y.M.E Books Beats & Bars Hip Hop songwriting program. During Black History Month students learned about DJ Kool…

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“Believers” by Bronx Arts Elementary

Bronx youth are still making Hip Hop happen in the Bronx. Hip Hop began in the 70’s as a youth movement in the Bronx. Today Bronx youth continue to contribute to the art form and culture both as students and practitioners. Check out “Believers,” our latest song and music video featuring Bronx R.H.Y.M.E (Rhymes help…

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HeART Beat Online 2021

Stream Live 👆 Celebrate the achievements of Queens public school students who participated in Art a Catalyst for Change in 2021 with the HeART Beat Online Festival. HeART Beat provides an interactive, online arts experience featuring the five elements of hip hop. Watch live via Youtube on Thursday, June 17 at 1pm, or on replay…

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Why Hip Hop Education?

Hip Hop Provides a Voice, Name, Movement, Community, and Knowledge. That’s why we teach it. In this video, Thrive Collective’s hip hop director Randy Mason reminds us that the five elements of hip hop provide us a voice (emcees), a name (graffiti), a movement (b-boys), and a community (DJ-driven house and block parties) wrapped up…

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R.H.Y.M.E. Open Mic

R.H.Y.M.E. (Rhymes Help Young Minds Excel) Online is a virtual educational Hip Hop youth program that teaches mic skills and life skills through the art of emceeing. In November of 2020 Thrive Collective partnered with The Point CDC to provide R.H.Y.M.E for Bronx teens affiliated with their “Minds Empowered” and A.C.T.I.O.N programs via a six-week…

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2020 Review: The Antidote to the Taker is the Giver

Jeremy and Randy review Thrive Collective’s historic 2020. Kindness still beats the virus, and so much more. “2020 has taken so much. And yet, despite all of that, we’ve seen the resilience of humanity. This generous spirit rises above all. … That resilience suggests that the antidote to the taker is the giver. … Students…

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As Seen in: Met Stories, NYC All In & Hu$tle

We are honored to announce three fun video updates right before Christmas. First, the most recent Met Stories video by the Metropolitan Museum of Art features clips of the Create! Harlem mural. New York City’s tourism office includes a clip of the Make Space for the Arts mural in a recent “All In” video feature…

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