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JUL 2019

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.19 91 Illustration by Shae Goodlett NyRee Clayton-Taylor was named the 2019 Kentucky elementary teacher of the year for her creative-writing classes at Wheatley Elementary in the California neighborhood. One of her former students, 13-year-old DaVonn Pitney, recently performed with the Louisville Orchestra. The local musician Jecorey "1200" Arthur made it happen. "It was amazing," Clayton-Taylor says. "He has helped my students by always inviting them to perform on any stage he performs on." DaVonn, who will be in eighth grade at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, attends Clayton-Taylor's iRAP program, which uses hip-hop to teach kids about their history and themselves. DaVonn's part of a group called Young Prodigies, whose latest song is titled "Black History Cypher." We asked DaVonn to pen a poem about Arthur, who's also the music educator at Louisville Public Media. Over 3,000 kids screaming out my rap name, "Stay Blessed, Stay Blessed, Stay Blessed!" 3 days, back-to-back, on the stage of Whitney Hall The Louisville Orchestra playing in harmony behind me Under the control of their sheet music and Conductor Teddy with his baton There I stood, ME It was my moment and my time had come. In my soul, my music In my mind, my lyrics In my heart, the words of Jecorey Arthur reminded me of my greatness As my mouth opened, each syllable hugged the tip of my tongue As the beat of the drums guided my feet to move in a back and forth motion across the stage For 6 weeks Practice For 6 weeks Lyrics For 6 weeks Feedback For 6 weeks Jecorey was my rubric Working with me to ensure Perfection Working with me to ensure Resilience And most importantly, working with me to ensure that I had The DRIP! The Drip, that flavor that unleashes the lyricism that allows it to flow from heart to heart Using only one lethal weapon — The Beat For this, I would like to thank Jecorey Arthur. JECOREY'S GLORY

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