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Bronx school embraces a new tool in counseling: Hip-hop

from The New York Times

Ellis McBeth did not talk to people when he was mad or upset. He picked fights with them, lashing out with his fists to show his feelings. But when his 12-year-old cousin died four months ago, Ellis found another way to work through his grief: He rapped about it. Ellis, 14, a ninth grader at New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science II in the Bronx, wrote a hip-hop song about his cousin with the help of his school counselor and recorded it with his older sister singing the chorus: "I want to say R.I.P. to you because I don't believe it's true, but I'll still remember you." more


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