Run-D.M.C. Founder Inspires Teens

North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center’s Leeds Place was hip hop heaven recently as Darryl McDaniels, the founder of Run-D.M.C., inspired a roomful of teens and adults with his stories of personal adversity and ultimate triumph.

“Darryl is a hip hop pioneer, a rap poet and an inspiring prophet,” said Andrew Malekoff, executive director of the Guidance Center. “The packed house got to experience all the sides of this remarkable man in a two-hour tour-de-force in which he taught us about the history of hip hop, delighted us performing rap, and moved us with intimate stories of resiliency. The audience gave him a standing ovation, which he richly deserved.”

In his talk, McDaniels encouraged the young people in the audience with the transcendent and core messages of hip hop: Always be open to doing something different. It could change your life.

“I’m no better than any one of you sitting here,” McDaniels said. “No matter what you are battling, you can beat it. And no matter what your passion is, be it music or art or science or law or medicine, go for your dreams. Everything needed to change the world is inside you. Education is your deliverance.”

McDaniels shared not only the story of his rise to fame and fortune but his personal struggles, which included a battle with severe depression and substance abuse.

“I truly believe that Darryl’s honest, uplifting talk has changed the lives of the young people in the audience,” said Malekoff. “He spoke from the heart, and his message came across loud and clear as he told the teens ‘Anything you can dream, you can do.’”

Want It In Print?

We now offer matted and framed copies of articles upon request.

Anton Media Staff
In addition to its arts and entertainment publication Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group publishes 16 community newspapers, several magazines, specialty publications and websites. With brands dating back to 1877, Anton has a commitment to deliver trusted and relevant content to the communities it serves.

Leave a Reply

Discover

Sponsor

Latest

Thought Gallery: Three Virtual Events To Keep You Busy This Week

Consider these recommendations for upcoming virtual talks, readings and more in and around New York City: The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common...

Inside Vessel, New York City’s Interactive Landmark

The Vessel provides great sights of the Hudson River.

New York Universities Postpone Fall Sports

It remains to be seen if a return to fall sports will be feasible at all during the school calendar year.

Mental Health Treatment For The Most Vulnerable

The Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services (CNG&CS) recently got a major boost when UnitedHealthcare awarded the nonprofit a $400,000 Empowering Health Grant Award.

Islanders Add Senior Sponsorship Executives As Club Ramps Up For UBS Arena

The New York Islanders have named Bryan Calka as Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Tom Cerasoli as Senior Vice President of Partnership Activation....

Get Updates Via Email

Enter your email to be updated with all the latest news and special announcements.

x