The Connectors charity foundation, in conjunction with The Recording Connection program, is happy to announce its first winner of our full scholarship opportunity. Mr. James Dority, 32 of Chicago Illinois received the most votes in our open ballot scholarship through The Connectors foundation. With the help of our programs we hope to give James, and all of our future scholarship winners, the opportunity to pursue a career, and lifestyle, that was not possible without this opportunity.
James is much more to his city then just a husband and father of one and a half (he and his wife are expecting their second child this summer). He is also a schoolteacher, spending 3 years observing how a quality education can provide a better future. In that regard, James is openly seeking a career in music production not just for his own namesake. James feels that there is a dearth of positive, artistic influences in today’s inter city. He sees that the landscape of today’s Hip-Hop and R&B is partially to blame as todays? African-American artists and rappers foster a culture of ignorance through a lifestyle that may be more realistic to those living on the streets. He hopes to use his artistry to remind those of the roots of Hip-Hop, shedding a light on social injustice through poetry and community. One day he hopes to hone his skills of music production in order to share his understanding through workshops in schools throughout his city.
We in The Connectors and The Recording Connection applaud James and his noble ambitions. We, and his mentors, will do our best to provide James with the tools necessary to make his dream a reality. We hope all of those looking to participate in our Connectors scholarship learn all they can from those like James before joining an industry that can easily influence the lives of many.