Exciting news on the street today! Kids buzzing about the "new" Albany High, which they say will be divided into 4 schools, one of which will teach students how to make rap and hip-hop CDs. Once the school is up an running, about 600 rappers & musicians a year will be graduating, and that means jobs and a new future for Albany as a center of the music industry. Some of the junior high students on our street are already writing material and getting performances down.
This is great news on another level: The old Albany High simply isn't working. The students run the school, and run wild on city streets every afternoon on the way home. One of the High's other schools will teach kids how to get involved and become community activists (think Barack Obama) and another school will be outfitted like a courtroom, to help students gain experience with governance and the legal system.
Not sure how long it will take to get everything up and running, but it can't come soon enough for the troubled High!
Back in the 1980s people were worried about the US becoming a "service economy" - they hadn't foreseen the rise of the internet and the digital age - so now we are looking at becoming instead, an "entertainment economy," with the new High putting Albany right dead smack center of the cutting edge! Ride the wave, O Albany!
And Albany, if you don't think hip-hop is "where it's at" - you better CHECK OUT THIS!!!!
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