KIPPDC

GOONS Good Man of The Year Award: Azel Prather

Besides being the funniest person I know and family, Azel Prather Jr. aka @Hail_Zel is an outstanding leader and amazing pre-K and Kindergarten Teacher at KIPPDC. This year being the first year of the GOONS Good Man of The Year Award I felt obligated to dedicate this to someone I can personally vouch for and deserves the recognition that we as a community sometimes forget to show our stand up guys.

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Zel has outdone hisself this year by raising enough money through donations to handout 350 wrapped presents to every kid in his school for Christmas. Gaining acknowledgment from News outlets across the nation, Zel’s christmas spirit has touched so many people and inspired so much holiday cheer. Using his polarizing personality and effortless funny IG live shows to bring in more and more contributions, Azel has given over $1300 worth of gifts away to well deserving kids in an impoverished community, and joy to families struggling to make a way for the generation following behind us. These kids will remember this day for the rest of their lives. Im so proud of my cousin and all he does for the community as well as his supporting his comedy grind and to see him flourish with these kids is really an amazing sight to see. Being selfless and a role model, Zel deserves every award and blessing coming his way!

Continue leading by example and spreading the positive energy Zel, as we continue to Grow A New Generation(G.A.N.G.) and Get Out Of Negative Situations(G.O.O.N.S.).

wE wEAR tHE mASK

The Kipp DC Valor Academy Public Charter School is a predominantly african american school not too far from my Capitol Heights neighborhood I grew up in. So when my good old friend from Morgan State, Whitney McArthur asked me to come back this year for her class' Black History Month Presentation, I jumped at the opportunity. Also this year I wanted to do something more hands-on. Teaching the students how to use a Heat press machine and make their own T-shirts to keep and perform in. Reciting a famous black poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar, "We Wear The Mask" which also seemed very fitting for a G.O.O.N.S. collaboration lol. Thank you to Kipp DC Schools for allowing me to come in and impact these kids lives. And Thank you again to Whitney for inviting me and providing the shirts. 

We Wear the Mask

BY PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR

We wear the mask that grins and lies,

It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—

This debt we pay to human guile;

With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,

And mouth with myriad subtleties.

 

Why should the world be over-wise,

In counting all our tears and sighs?

Nay, let them only see us, while

       We wear the mask.

 

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries

To thee from tortured souls arise.

We sing, but oh the clay is vile

Beneath our feet, and long the mile;

But let the world dream otherwise,

       We wear the mask!

gANG aFFILIATED

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This past week I spent some time with the KIPP DC Valor Academy Kids! Teaching them how to press their own Black Power Tees for their annual Black History Month Presentation on Thursday! Some of the funniest kids I’ve ever met and extremely smart for their ages. Thank you Whitney, for allowing me to come in and be apart of this every year Growing A New Generation (GANG) with GoonMilk! Footage Coming Soon... 

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