When the students at Sci-Tech Academy in the Uptown district of New Orleans assembled for their annual Black Heritage Program they had no idea they would learn Ecnomics and History all using a Snoop Dog song.
“I wanted to do something they would remember,” said Reaux Fareal, songwriter and published author. “Kids actually catch on pretty quick. We just have to make it interesting.”
Reaux used the hook to Snoop Dog’s popular song, “Gin and Juice”, and had the entire student body to chant the lyrics… “I got my mind on my money and money on my mind.” He said even though the lyrics are trendy it also prompts them to stay focused on what it takes to be successful in life.
He taught the students who Madam C.J. Walker was and how she obtained her millions in the Hair Industry. “Using the lives of icons and teaching students to remember what they accomplished is the best way to motivate them to achieve greatness for themselves,” he explained. Wright also used Aliko Dangote in his message. Dangote is the wealthiest Black person in the world. Forbes lists his value at $10B. Wright explained to the kids how Deangote achieved his wealth in Africa and how they could achieve it as well.
“We have to get students to understand the opportunities which are available to them. So many inner city youth are only exposed to poverty but they need to know they are brilliant and if they apply themselves accordingly they too can be great and obtain wealth.”