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July 2014
Students dropping out of high school continues to be an alarming trend. Data suggests that 7% of U.S. students left high school without a diploma in 2011. While this is down from 9.9% in 2003, this is nothing to celebrate. The black male dropout rate was 8.3% in 2011, and for Hispanic males it was 14.6% that year.

While there are various reasons why a student ends up dropping out of school, for many, there is a long period of disengagement that ensues beforehand. At home, parents should spend more time providing positive guidance, and in the classroom, teachers can continue to find innovative ways to reach students.

The famed scholar Booker T. Coleman has said, "What Michael Jordan did on the basketball court, and what the Williams sisters do on the tennis court, black children will be able to do in the classroom." Let's encourage our children to be great, and provide them with the tools to be able to compete in a global economy.

Our latest addition to our SMART MUSIC INSIGHTS
series is an infographic that offers some interesting facts about U.S. education. Please click here to access it now.

Over the next 12 months, Smart Music Entertainment will be on tour, sharing our educational hip-hop music with the youth and people in our communities. We are excited to announce a few of our upcoming stops on the tour, including the African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County, where 45,000 people are expected; an in-studio interview on Pennsylvania's only black owned and operated radio station, WURD; and Southern Connecticut State University's "New Haven Hip-Hop Conference." 

You can find more about our tour dates by clicking here. We invite you to join us. Please continue to check back for updates.


What's your thoughts on the high school dropout crisis? Continue the conversation with us on Twitter @SmartHipHop or on Facebook at Smart Music Entertainment. Use the hashtag #DropoutCrisis, and let's continue to discuss ways to educate our children.


Peace,

Larry "LAK" Henderson

Larry
Larry "LAK" Henderson
Founder & CEO 

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#SmartMusicTour
African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh & Wake County
Raleigh, NC
August 30 - 31, 2014
 
New Haven Hip-Hop Conference
Southern State Connecticut University
July 19, 2014
 
900 AM WURD
July 20, 2014
 
More dates to be announced...
 
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