Local teen given key to City of Houston

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">A concert was held on Friday, May 16, 2008, for middle school students in Galena Park ISD who had perfect attendance.  One of the highlights of the show was Baby Jay, a local teen rapper.    &#40;Photo: Gina Larson&#41;</span></div>
May 19, 2008 10:59:54 AM PDT
A local teen who promotes positive messages through rap music has been honored with a key to the City of Houston.Baby Jay is a 17-year-old student at Galena Park High School. Rapping since the age of 7, he brings a positive message to his audience. On Friday, Baby Jay held an exclusive concert for middle school student in Galena Park ISD with perfect attendence for the second through fifth six-week grading periods.

PHOTOS: Get a sneak peek inside the action with photos from the concert

At the end of the show, Baby Jay was awarded a proclamation announcing May 16, 2008, to be Baby Jay Day in Houston, and he was presented with a key to the City of Houston for his contributions of promoting positive/clean hip-hop/rap to the youth of America and for his accomplishments including becoming one of the youngest voting members of the Grammys from Texas.

Bringing two generations of music together, Baby Jay is the student ambassador for International Education Foundation "Operation Respect" and makes special appearances/performances across the country with the organization combating bullying with Baby Jay's song "Don't Laugh at Me."

The first group to take the stage at Friday's concert was Myxx, a pair of performers out of Atlanta. Evonne and her sister Elizabeth come from a talented background of singers, artists and musicians.

B5 headlined the show. The members of B5 range in age from 13 to 19 and the five brothers are touted as the perfect package. Their self-titled debut CD was a top 20 hit on the Billboard 200 and peaked at number seven on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Chart.

Their sophomore album, "Don't Talk, Just Listen," was released September 2007 on Diddy's Bad Boy Records. "It's still clean music but it has more of an edge," says Kelly, one of the singers.

B5 has performed at packed venues sharing the stage with major acts like 112, Mario, Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block, Bobby Valentino, Gladys Knight, Boyz II Men, Raven, Brian McKnight, Bow Wow, T-Pain, Marques Houston, Pretty Ricky, Aly & AJ, Soulja Boy and P. Diddy.

Also making an appearance during the show was a pint-sized rapper who packs a serious punch. Seven-year-old Bentley Green amused and entertained the students with his ethusiasm, and his energetic approach to the show.

The concert is a joint venture between Galena Park ISD and Roland Entertainment to reward students with outstanding attendance and to help motivate students not to miss school. The concert was sponsored by GPISD, Roland Entertainment, United Community Credit Union and party 93.3FM.

** What's making the news in local schools? Find plenty of education news and student achievements in our 'In the Classroom' section


Load Comments