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On World Peace Day (September 21, 2022) international touring artist Renda Writer's World Peace Mural Tour came to the West Ward! The tour began in 2016 and has traveled to eight countries, including:England, France, Haiti, Italy, Mexico, Spain and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago


Mural #84 was created on the corner of 18th Avenue and Alexander Street on a wall secured by Councilman Kelly. 

"For Newark rapper and City Councilman Dupré Kelly, giving back to young people has always been his passion.

So, Kelly jumped at the chance when his friend, Tony-Award-winning dancer Savion Glover, asked him to speak with performers in his summer intensive workshop at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

On Wednesday, Kelly 51, a platinum rapper known as “DoItAll” from the hip-hop group Lords of the Underground, addressed cast members of a new musical workshop, CITY KID! The high-voltage music and dance show tells the story of kids trying to navigate life as they struggle to understand what it means to be a CITY KID."

Read the full article here.

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"With his newest album, Brenda's Son, Councilman Kelly tells his story while giving his first MC her respect as telling where he comes from and how he repays her faith in him by making wise choices. She could not be more proud to know her son is taking steps to put his city on his back and giving the children of the city a new physical example of how Hip-Hop is more than a music it can be powerful in aiding society into a new age of enlightenment that can help all of our people from the eldest to the new born children that come to Earth inheriting the work needed to be great as God has called us to be. Being dubbed the "Hip-Hop Obama", by Fredro Starr we salute the Hope and change Councilman Kelly represents and look forward to where he takes his new political career as well."

-Heritage Hip-Hop (

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Brenda Kelly and Amina Baraka, mothers of Councilman Dupré L. Kelly and Mayor Ras Baraka


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