black butterfly, sailed across the waters
tell your sons and daughters
what the struggle brings
black butterfly, set the skies on fire
rise up even higher…
When Denice Williams sings these lyrics, she is singing about all the little girls who are a lot like our featured youth. Meet Khadejah Bryant a sixteen year old young lady who expresses herself with every move she makes. Khadejah is a dancer. She is in her dance group at school, has tried out and made Dallas Black Dance Theatre and maintains good grades. Khadejah dances as a way to express herself in a positive way. She feels that it is better for her to focus all of her emotions, good and bad ones, into every move she makes. She believes every dancer should show their entire life through each movement.
Khadejah plans to attend college after high school and possibly major in dance. She would like to open a dance studio when she gets older. There is no doubt she will do all of these things and more. Khadejah loves just about all art forms and some of her favorites from them are: Langston Hughes, Kathryn Dunham, Melanie Moore, Marvin Sapp, Common and Guy. Great taste for a great kid.
When asked about her ability to persevere she says: I have gone through things most could not go through, I have seen things most have not seen. But when you see me – you see fun, if you knew me you would know happiness but my life is deeper than any emotion. So when I go through trials and tribulations- I smile. I fear only one thing and that is God. He made me to be a light that shines for all proud young black women.
Khadejah has been a member of BTGMP for 2 years and is currently student Vice President of the organization. BTGMP is a non profit that aims to change the trajectory of students’ lives. On March 9th at the House of Blues, BTGMP will host “Laugh, Love, Music” a benefit event as well as a celebration of accomplishments to date. Since 2006, BTGMP has sent over 85% of it’s senior members to college and will break ground on a “peer to peer” urban youth library by late February. The purpose of “Laugh, Love, Music” is to help raise funding for BTGMP’s programming. In addition, we will also honor DJ Frances Jaye for her support of BTGMP. For more information about BTGMP checkout our Promo Video and go to btgmp.tumblr.com or btgmp.bbnow.org.Read More