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"Heartbroken" - A Rap Anthem of Second Chances from Stevenson House Detention Center

From Stevenson House Detention Center, two remarkable youths came together to create something truly powerful and inspiring: a rap music video titled "Heartbroken." This emotionally charged piece not only speaks of their pasts but also declares their determination to break free from their mistakes and forge a better path for themselves.

"Heartbroken" is more than just a rap music video, through their heartfelt lyrics, Julius S. and Elija K. share their personal stories that brought them to where they were, but what sets this rap video apart is its ability to communicate that pain isn't the end of the story. The driving force behind "Heartbroken" is the desire for redemption and the courage to face the past head-on. Julius S. and Elija K. use their lyrics to acknowledge mistakes and refuse to be defined by them. Instead, they choose to focus on the present moment and the possibilities of a brighter future.

"Heartbroken" serves as a beacon of hope for those who have walked a similar path, reminding them that the road to redemption is not closed off. Julius S. and Elija K.'s journey from mistakes to empowerment is a shining example of how art can illuminate paths and inspire positive change. Let’s hear some comments from our Judges, “It was really cool to see you change settings throughout the video and doing different things, it kept things interesting and dynamic.”, and another, “Your stage presence was really amazing… that was a great choice performance wise.”

Julius S. and Elija K.'s "Heartbroken" is more than just a rap music video – it's a powerful narrative of redemption, resilience, and the unwavering spirit to break free from the past's clutches. As we listen to their lyrics and witness their visual storytelling, we're reminded that everyone possesses the strength to rise above their mistakes and create a brighter future.

Watch his performance here and stay tuned for more finalist performances and spotlights on the blog this summer.

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Nahom Woldesenbet

Nahom Woldesenbet

Nahom Woldesenbet is the Technical Support Associate for the PbS Learning Institute. Prior to working at PbS, Nahom was the IT support for Tango Therapeutics, He also recently graduated from Bunker Hill Community College with a degree in Information Technology.

PbS has been a partner in assisting this facility to become a dynamic work environment that is not satisfied with maintaining the status quo.