Thank you David Banner for coming back to your Boys & Girls Clubs for your 10th annual “Heal the Hood” event. We appreciate your time spent with out Club kids discussing the importance of an education and how your living situation does not affect the person you can become.
Our partnership with the Banner Foundation has given us the opportunity to have a music studio in our Capitol Unit teen wing! Along with David Banner, Leroy Jones Jr., a Jackson-native mixing engineer, producer and owner of studio Sonic Signature, built our Capitol Unit music studio. The Banner Studios can offer mentorship to those students and industry-standard technology, including Pro Tools recording software and Final Cut Pro video-editing software. Our studio lines up perfectly with what the Club tries to accomplish—impacting youth, expanding their career prospects and growing their interests. Being able to present resources like The Banner Studios to Jackson teens is key to helping them imagine a greater path for their futures, whether that’s becoming a singer, rapper, songwriter, recording engineer, producer, manager or a music-industry role they may not yet know about.
Last year (2015) Banner donated the initial music equipment for the Capitol Unit music studio that Jones used to piece together The Banner Studios and provided some of the finances to purchase the materials for Jones to make a quality studio where students can learn about the music industry. BGCCM’s goal is to educate our Club kids about different fields of expertise, including songwriting, videography, artist management and promotion, and even professionalism within the workplace. Club members have been able to make beats, write rhymes, develop their own music style in their studio. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi hope to teach our Club members that there are other ways to find success in the music industry.
The Banner Foundation: The Banner Foundation is dedicated to empowering and supporting families to create self-sufficient communities. They use the arts to engage, educate, and provide an outlet for creative expression for young people. The Banner Foundation aims to connect people, maximize opportunities to collaborate and leverage resources to strengthen our communities. Their work integrates and cultivates the mind, body and soul to have holistic healing. Learn about the organization and David Banner at TheBannerFoundation.org
Heal the Hood 2016:
Purpose: The purpose of this initiative is to bring holiday cheer to the most resilient families in the Jackson, Mississippi area by providing gifts for members of the household. The Banner Foundation will also identify and meet any special needs that the families may have. The Banner Foundation’s aim is to encourage education, leadership, advocacy, civic engagement and accountability amongst the communities we serve.
History of Heal the Hood: This is the 10th year of the David Banner’s Heal the Hood Holiday Gifting in Jackson, MS. The initiative evolved out of Banner’s personal ritual of giving to less fortunate families and those impacted by Hurricane Katrina during the holiday season. Over the years, the Banner Foundation has leveraged partnerships, engaged parents and community leaders, and empowered communities to support those among us who are most vulnerable and in need.
Families: Approximately 350 youth and their families identified by the Boys and Girls Club of Central Mississippi and HTH partners benefit directly from this one day of gifting. Through collaboration, the Banner Foundation is able to leverage resources an impact across Jackson/ However, HTH and their partners have employed a coordinated strategy and needs assessment which enable to have an ongoing partnership. Partners nominate families living under extremely challenging circumstances that need help providing for their families during the holiday season to Heal the Hood, Inc. This year, with the help of our wonderful partners, the HTH at Christmas will be the biggest celebration of resilience in our collective history.
More About David Banner…. David Banner is a Jackson, Mississippi native who grew up coming to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi’s Capitol Unit.
He is a Grammy Award winning music producer, recording artist, philanthropist, activist and actor who has appeared in films such as Lee Daniel’s The Butler and in Tim Story’s movie Ride Along. David is also the host of Aspire TV’s current ABFF Independent Film Series.
Banner also is founder of A Banner Vision, a multimedia company that specializes in providing emotionally engaging music for iconic commercials, video games and films for brands like Pepsi, Gatorade, Paramount Pictures (Footloose film), Marvel, Capcom, Mercedes Benz and more!
Such mega success did not come without challenges. At one point along the way, Banner was living in his rundown van with a studio inside…until one day a group of teenagers stole the van – taking everything away from him. Banner kept pushing toward his dream despite the setback. Three months later, on another trip to Birmingham to sell his material, he caught the attention of a Universal label executive and was signed to a multimillion dollar five-album deal.
Banner was raised by parents who instilled in him the importance of getting an education and applying his talents to do something of substance in the world. Banner attended his mother’s alma mater, Southern University (Baton Rouge), graduating with a degree in business; and went on to graduate school at the University of Maryland on a full scholarship before leaving to pursue his musical career.
“Before he died, my father told me that I taught him more about chasing your dreams than anyone he’d ever met in his life,” Banner said. Banner has exceeded his parents’ expectations. Highly successful in his field, he created a foundation, Heal the Hood, Inc., to provide relief and recovery assistance to lower income people of the Gulf Region affected by natural disasters. He deeply believes in the philosophy of giving back, especially once someone can be generous.
Heal the Hood also supports youth development and recreation programs in Mississippi. The foundation raised $500,000 for Katrina survivors in Mississippi and Alabama; and 2014 was its eighth year of distributing clothing, toys, and other necessities to Jackson, Mississippi families during the holidays.
Banner finds reward in encouraging young people to gain knowledge, and he leverages his affluence and influence to help make the world a better place. He has been a prominent and passionate voice in the face of social injustice. In 2017, David Banner plans to release his new album ‘The God Box’. TheBannerFoundation.org