DAY 43 GRAMMY CHASE: COMMUNITY

Day 43 was spent lecturing and doing rhyme and beat demonstrations at Waterfront Elementary School in Downtown Buffalo. One of the things I love to do most is to interact and inspire the youth. I had 3 incredible sessions with students ranging from 6 – 8 grade of various backgrounds and ethnicities. I was somewhat embarrassed in one incident as I often engage the students by asking them direct questions regarding their hobbies, interests etc. So I ask one young lady if she had a hobby or anything that she like to do or was good at. Without saying anything, she shyly looked at her friend beside her with a blushing smile, which I read as her being bashful about her sharing her interests. So I asked, “Why are you looking at her? Does she know something about YOU that YOU don’t?” The class replied in unison, “She doesn’t speak any English.”….hmmm…

Well, I easily recovered but I did wish that I was able to speak her language or that she was able to understand what I was saying. Overall, the visit was a great success and I positively affected many students in encouraging them to Dream and muster enough passion to actually see it through to manifestation.  It’s always the small things that make the most impacting and lasting impressions on me. God Bless!

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About by Edreys

Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life. As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship and passion to inspire people are what drives his spirit of entrepreneurship. From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his wife; touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, 7 of which he painted with his unique style and use of line. “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it,” says Edreys. View all posts by by Edreys

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