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File #: 200128    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/6/2020 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/6/2020
Title: Recognizing South Philadelphia rap group Young Flames for the positive themes in their music, including the anti-violence song "Guns Down".
Sponsors: Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Gauthier
Attachments: 1. Signature20012800
Title
Recognizing South Philadelphia rap group Young Flames for the positive themes in their music, including the anti-violence song "Guns Down".
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WHEREAS, Young Flames began with a group project for music class by four students at Universal Institute Charter School. In the two years since, the group has grown to comprise 10 members: Safee Johnson, Kaiear McGhee, Kaaliq McGhee, Ma'kye McNeil, Jahmill Meadows, Amir Crawford, Jaden Barasky, Bahij Goodwin, Asir Bagwell, and Tyree Reaves. All ten members are residents of South Philadelphia and students at Universal Institute Charter School. The group is managed and mentored by Christopher Giddens; and
WHEREAS, The group's name was derived from a mixtape, entitled Flamers, by Philadelphia native and rap superstar Meek Mill. Like Meek Mill, the group has blended advocacy for social causes with its music; and
WHEREAS, The group's first performance, on October, 7, 2019, centered around the theme of anti-bullying. Since then, the group has performed and recorded other music with positive messages, including "Guns Down." The song was motivated in part because some of the families of the members have been affected directly by gun violence. The group's lyrics also advocate against substance abuse and for academic success and personal responsibility. On February 4, 2020, Philadelphia's local ABC affiliate, Channel 6, aired a segment on the group, prominently featuring "Guns Down." They hope to continue to grow their audience and one day be featured on the Ellen Show; and
WHEREAS, The group's members are also active in their communities. Among their activities are football with the South Philadelphia Sharks, intramural basketball, and participation in the Alpha Leadership Academy ran by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; and
WHEREAS, The passion, focus, and positivity mentioned above are a shining example of the positive potential of Philadelphia's youth. Despite the weighty challenges of this time, Young Flames have used ...

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