October 30, 2006 102 JAMZ Brings "Rap Against Violence" to Orlando's Jones High School

The 102 JAMZ Street Squad will be outside Jones High School, 801 South Rio Grande Ave., Orlando, Thursday morning with staff members from Brevard-Seminole State Attorney Norm Wolfinger's office as they get the word out about the "Rap Against Violence: Volume 2" contest.

The Street Squad and Jay Love from the 102 Home Team will be giving out t-shirts and Rap Against Violence CD's produced during last year's contest. Wolfinger's staffers will have forms and information for this year's potential contestants. All the activities will take place during lunch sessions at the school between 11 a.m. and noon.

The contest is part of Wolfinger's efforts in the Project Safe Neighborhoods: Operation Cease-Fire program. The contest solicits original rap or hip-hop songs that promote gun violence prevention. Wolfinger chose the rap genre because that is the much listened to by the majority of young people. Since the state attorney was not that well versed in rap, he south youth who were—and found the messengers to deliver his crime prevention program.

In the contest, ten winners will be selected and will record their original songs at a professional recording studio. The songs will then be professionally mixed and a CD produced and distributed across Central Florida counties.

"We continue our quest to reach into the homes, hearts, and minds of the community to spread a word-of-mouth epidemic against gun violence," said Wolfinger.

Wolfinger said the challenge this year is to motivate young people by working through the hip-hop community to develop their neighborhoods and become an active positive influence on the times instead of destroying their communities by advocating a lifestyle of sex and violence.

"The rap community has such a tremendous amount of talented artists who hopefully will unleash their gifts in a productive way through positive rap and hip-hop to make the community safer for everyone," said Wolfinger.

Additional sponsors include: the sheriffs' offices of Brevard, Seminole, Orange, and Osceola counties; Bright House Networks; 102 JAMZ; TransContinental Studios; CrimeLine; 18th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Norm Wolfinger; 9th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Lawson Lamar; and Project Safe Neighborhoods.

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