Hip-hop consciousness raising... for kids

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Nuthin But Fire Records, the year-old hip-hop and R&B record store operated by the rapper Sess 4-5, has been dipping into community activism since they opened their doors. Their monthly Industry Influence music networking night has hosted how-to's and history lessons from movers and shakers like the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation's PR director Scott Aiges, who spoke about licensing music to TV and film earlier this month, to Cash Money Records star producer Mannie Fresh, who dropped some science on early New Orleans rap during a session in early June.

Now, they're reaching out to the younger set with a monthlong summer camp and youth leadership program that kicked off this week, in partnership with the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana. The daily program includes guest counselors like radio personality Wild Wayne, who is spending this week wrangling youngsters at the Ebony Square Cultural Center on Magazine Street, where the program takes place from 8:30am till 3:30 p.m. daily.

The camp includes breakfast and lunch and accepts campers between the ages of 10 and 14. Scholarships for the program, which continues through August 8, are still available: call Sess 4-5 at 504-342-6977 for details.

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