“Wow, what a day. Had the opportunity to perform at a Power 95.3 event in Orlando today. I got to meet, talk, and work with Orlando’s top DJ’s in the music industry. I learned today that music is not about genres. It’s not about secular vs. Christian. It’s not about hip-hop culture. It’s about people,” commented Eric Starks, Christian Rap artist.
The 5th Annual Kuts for Kids was held Sunday, August 18th. Jaca’s Hair Studio located in a plaza on the corner of Alafaya Trail and Colonial Drive in East Orlando provided free haircuts for the local community. Powered by Orlando’s #1 for Commercial Free Hip Hop radio station, Power 95.3, they offered free activities, food, and entertainment and left the stage open for local artists.
“Every year it gets better and better. The kids, their families and the companies that join us and give free items away, it’s very touching,” said Estee Martin, Power 95.3 radio personality.
The event was promoted by The Obie and Lil Shawn Morning Show on Power 95.3. Obie, Lil Shawn, and Estee are on-air Monday through Friday from 5:30 am-10 am. Local businesses pitched into the event also. They set it up the day before school starts so kids could get a fresh haircut before going back to school.
“Every year this gets bigger, smoother, and more kids are getting cuts than before,” commented Obie.
Jaca’s Hair Studio gave away 250 free haircuts. Free hamburgers and hot dogs were served. Liquid Nitro had the crowd hyped with their energy drinks. Each booth gave away different samples and had fun games for the kids. Orlando Soccer Team was there with an inflatable goal. They had face painting and Home Depot kids’ workshops. People brought out their vintage cars. Power 95.3 also provided two live DJ’s. DJ Nasty and DJ Infared took the stage and provided music for the event and local artists shared the stage.
“It’s great to see kids performing positive music. It takes guts to get on a stage and perform in front of your peers. These kids did just that,” shared Estee.
Jonathon Valencia performed Kingdom Bound in front of kids in line for their new dos. Valencia had to go to school the next morning. Valencia got to perform in front of kids his age and older and was able to share with them his ministry.
“Before I start my song, I want to share something. ‘Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven,’” said Valencia.
It’s all about the kids.
“Regardless of being a Christian rap artist at a secular hip-hop event, I was beyond accepted & respected,” commented Starks.
Starks, another local Christian Rap artist got to go on and rap some of his music and spend some time and meet a couple of the audience members and give away a couple of CD’s.
“I’m a huge fan of these local acts and the fact that they are positive is the icing on the cake,” shared Obie.
Knaladeus came on after and brought some old school hip hop out of the crowd. Knaladeus left the stage ready for me, Crescendo. We even collaborated on a song.
All the artists had a great time immersing themselves into the community. Everyone can all agree that the one-on-one time is the most important part of the event.
“I think these events give everyone a pep in their step and the chance to rub shoulders with your neighbor,” commented Obie.
Besides giving away haircuts, they gave away book bags packed with school supplies. The kids also got a chance to hang with other kids their age and meet them before school. Artists and the radio personalities were able to connect with kids and leave lasting memories.
“These types of events are very important. It allows people to come together, spend quality time together in a family-friendly environment. Plus, the kids get to surround themselves with other kids in the community and meet the on-air personalities they listen to everyday,” said Estee.
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