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Crowing a Queen at TEDxTeen: when ABCs get in the way of a dream

Posted on: March 27, 2010

last year i remember sitting outside enjoying the tribeca film festival. so moved by a documentary about a young girl and her struggles to make it as a hip hop artist.  “P-STAR rising” brought me to tears.  to see how strong and courageous this young girl was. fighting to make a name for herself.  

priscilla star diaz, comes from a poor community in harlem. she spent time in a foster home due to her mother struggling with drug addiction.  the documentary follows her journey to move in with her father and showcases her drive to succeed above her surroundings.

today P- STAR speaks for the first time at TEDxTeen about her struggles with literacy.     i had a chance to talk with her after her moving presentation.

P-STAR didn’t know how to read well and wouldn’t tell anyone.  she also didn’t think it would matter.   but one day she got an opportunity of a lifetime to audition for ‘the electric company’ show on PBS kids.  she got the part but then what? 

as an actress on the show she would have to read scripts.   it became clear that she couldn’t hide anymore.   P-STAR says this was the most challenging job because she didn’t want people to know, she tried to hide it because she was so ashamed.  she got over her fear and learned how read and is making it her passion to make others aware of the importance of literacy. 

“I’m a teacher now…this is the first time i’ve spoken about it to a group of teens and i want to do more ” she says.   P-STAR believes that talking to people like her will increase awareness about the importance of literacy.  as a hip hop artist, she also plans to encourage youth to focus on literacy in music. she’s been writing music for years and wants to promote “making music the way it used to be.”

once again, i’m moved by P-STAR and her dedication to make a difference…

to learn more about P-STAR and electric company check out: http://pbskids.org/electriccompany/

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2 Responses to "Crowing a Queen at TEDxTeen: when ABCs get in the way of a dream"

That is wonderful. All those aspiring rap stars need to realize that you have to be able to read AND write. Good stuff!

While directing the film P-Star Rising, I had the opportunity to watch Priscilla “P-Star” Diaz grow from a little girl with a dream to a young positive leader in arts and education. I have no doubt that P will continue to rise.
Check out P-Star’s blogs and the film trailer at http://www.pstarrising.com

yours
Gabriel Noble
director

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