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New Video: TeRae x “Sweet Karma” |Dir: OMG’ Its Kidd Fresh

TeRae drops the visual to “Sweet Karma”, in this life what you do is what you get and this video and song are a compliment. Be on the look out for this hard working talented young lady!!!

TeRae’s new EP “Heart Ties” available now ! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hea…

New Video: Dred Gator x Stakkhouse x “Broke No Mo”

Dred Gator shares insight on why he goes so hard in life and with his music on his new joint featuring some soulful vocals from Stakkhouse. We all can relate on not wanting to go “Broke No Mo”!!! 

iTunes & Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bro…
iHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/artist/dred-ga…
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/a…
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Broke-No-feat-…
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dred-Gator-4…
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dredgator/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DREDGATOR?s=09

New Video: T. Ellis x “Ain’t No Competition” | Prod. by BIONIC | Dir: @SpiffVision

Produced by BIONIC
Shot at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium/ Steve Spurrier Field aka The Swamp, home of the Florida Gators.

http://www.BionicMusicGroup.com

Soundcloud.com/tellis20
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MS7DZ6M/…

@SpiffVision
Producing Underground Hip Hop Artist Music Videos in Gainesville FL

New Music: B.I.G. The Frothy Main x “Entrepreneurs” | Prod: Jeftuz | #TLOAL #TheVippers

B.I.G. J the Frothy Main releases ‘Entrepreneurs’ produced by Jeftuz from Sweden, off his critically acclaimed project The Legacy of A Legend.  Always one to promote self empowerment in life & business, music diversity and truth, he continues this trend in his music with this eye opening track.

Frothy Main raps “…Don’t confuse me, I’m not a consumer, when out in public, I’m looking for entrepreneurs, amazing what money can’t do, no jewelry on but I light up a room, I’m addicted to living in truth…”.

In this climate of the music industry, feels good to hear someone speak on ownership and being on higher levels, not to mention with a super eclectic beat that goes hard!!!

Instagram: @IGrowMoguls

Twitter: @BigJFrothyMain

-Zech Wilson

New Video: Big Tay x “Humble and True” [KELO HUSTLE ENT] | Dir: Spiff Vision

“Humble and True” off Big Tay’s 4th mixtape titled Money Making Music.
Directed by @SpiffVision

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#KeloHustleENT

New Video: DHAZE x “Control” (1 Verse Wonder Video) |Filmed by @SpiffVision

SpiffVision’s 1 Verse Wonder Video Contest (Entry #1)
DHAZE – “Control”

https://soundcloud.com/vdhaze

#TheSpiffVision1VerseWonderVideoContest
#1VerseWonder

Filmed by @SpiffVision
Edited at @MoveyStudio

High School Spotlight: Gainesville Sun’s Small School Athletes of Year: Kailya Jackson (P.K. Yonge) x Cory Durden (Newberry)

  

Senior Kailya Jackson starred on basketball court and track and field, taking P.K Yonge to its fourth straight regional final in hoops and placing at state in the hurdles; senior Cory Durden was a dominating defensive lineman for Newberry and a force also on basketball court, leading Panthers to state playoffs in both.

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As a member of P.K. Yonge’s last girls basketball state championship team when she was in seventh grade, Kailya Jackson certainly thought the Blue Wave would be back at state before she graduated.

Instead, over the next five years P.K. Yonge fell in the regional finals four straight years with the 2013 team falling by two points to Class 3A state champion Father Lopez in the regional semifinals.

The girls basketball player of the year, Jackson also starred on the track, taking fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (16.07) and ninth in the 300 hurdles (47.98) at the Class 1A state meet.

Losing by a point in an epic football playoff game down in Pahokee wasn’t in Cory Durden’s plans either. Although the FHSAA forced the Blue Devils to give up their Class 1A state title for using an ineligible player, that 35-34 overtime loss ended what could had been a very special season for Newberry.

A dominating defensive lineman, who is heading to Florida State, Durden also was first all-area in basketball which he still calls his favorite sport.

Because of their outstanding achievements during the 2016-17 season, Jackson and Durden are The Sun’s Small School Athletes of the Year.

“My senior year actually went better than I thought it would,” said Jackson, daughter of former Gator standout receiver and P.K. Yonge great Willie Jackson. “But it would have been nice to go to state again (in basketball), but other than that it was a good year.

“I really thought we would make it four of my last years there but we came up short. We always made it to the regional finals but I didn’t think it would be so long before we would make it to state again.”

In her senior season, in which she averaged 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game, Jackson led the Blue Wave to a 21-5 record, losing at Jacksonville Providence in the regional finals 63-56.

Soon after basketball season ended, in mid-February, Jackson was back on the track, getting ready another sports season which had already started.

“I actually don’t think I ever really got back to great track shape, with playing basketball and stuff,” she said. “It is really hard to get back to track. But it comes back, the hurdling and stuff does come back.

“You can’t be scared. You just have to jump over them. I really think it is really a mental thing.”

Growing up at P.K. Yonge and heading to Charleston Southern, Jackson said she will miss much about her Blue Wave experience.

“All the great people I was able to meet and being on some really great teams, playing with a lot of talented people,” she said. “I think I’m ready.

“I still have a lot of work to do, but I think I will be fine.”

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Durden can’t wait to get to Tallahassee and get his Florida State experience started. Determined to make his mark early, the 6-foot-4, 316-pound defender is working hard to build up his muscles before leaving June 16.

“I feel like I’m there as far as athletic ability,” Durden said. “I’ve lost a lot of muscle because of basketball season. The workouts they gave me are really tough.

“Basketball there is a lot more running and a lot more jumping and using your body. It was a lot harder for me, but once I got into it I really got into it.”

In football, Durden had 52 total tackles, 41 solo with 18 tackles for loss, six sacks, with one blocked field goal, three fumble recoveries and two caused fumbles. He also played tight end on offense, with 29 receptions for 222 yards and three touchdowns.

Playing with his cousin Ja’len Parks along the defensive front, Durden was the emotional leader of 8-2 football team in Richard Vester’s first season as coach.

A first team all-area basketball player as well, and enforcer inside, he averaged 17.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks a game for the 13-16 Panthers, which reached the state playoffs for the second straight season.

“I am trying to go there (in Tallahassee) and get on the field,” Durden said. ” I don’t want to waste my time.

“I feel like coach Vester is building something special at Newberry. Something that we haven’t had in a couple of years. I feel he has a lot to work with.”

The Seminoles, which are likely to begin the season ranked No. 2, opens the season against likely No. 1 Alabama in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta on Sept. 2. Durden intends on making a play in the game.

“I am a scholarship player, we start off with a big game,” he said. “This might be the biggest first game in college football history because we are No. 2 and they are No. 1. First time top two teams met.

“I just want to get on the field and play. I’m not going to sit behind anyone as a freshman, I not going to let anyone outwork me up there.”

HONORABLE MENTION

Bell: Clay Hutto (Sr., basketball, baseball), Melina Kalandyk (Sr., cross country, girls weightlifting, track and field); Newberry: Areona Hamilton (Sr., basketball, track and field); Oak Hall: Chance Mayo (Sr., football, basketball, weightlifting, track and field), Grace Blair (cross country, track and field); P.K. Yonge: Thomas Llinas (football, soccer, lacrosse); Trenton: Michael Smith (Sr., football, baseball), Jaycee Thomas (volleyball, basketball, softball); Union County: Devin Lewis (Sr., softball).

source: sunone.com

High School Spotlight: Santa Fe High Wins Golden Shovel Award x The Green Monsters

Santa Fe High Wins Golden Shovel Award!

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We have a winner! Santa Fe High School’s Green Monsters won the Golden Shovel Award from the Florida Department of Agriculture for “Best Revitalized Garden.”  Here are excerpts from their application, prepared by teacher Ryan Pass. Thanks, Ryan, for the inspiration!

The Santa Fe High School Monster Garden is an idea that really took flight this school year.  Our group is known as the Green Monsters, and the students are all students with disabilities, most of whom are on the Access Points curriculum.  Access Points is a modified curriculum for students with cognitive impairments or significant disabilities that prevent them from being successful with the standard state curriculum.  Students construct and operate the garden during their science class, and some work in the garden during a Career Preparation class.  At the beginning of the year, we took full control of a small garden that was composed of a total of five 4 ft. x 8 ft. raised beds that were overrun with weeds taller than a person.  Throughout this school year, our students have constructed and maintained a garden space in excess of 1500 square feet with approximately 600 square feet devoted to growing plants, and the rest walkways.  This increased area provided a large blank canvas to allow more student work space than in previous years, and it provided more space for greater crop diversity.  Students have constructed 4 ft. x 8 ft. raised beds and trellises.  They have moved soil, installed mulch, started seeds, transplanted seeds into larger pots, and planted seedlings in the garden.

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Currently we are growing three varieties of cucumbers, numerous herbs, green beans, snow peas, lettuce, Swiss chard, carrots, beets, spring onions, scallions, yellow squash, zucchini, scallop squash, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, and several varieties of tomatoes.  We also have marigolds, miniature sunflowers, a red banana tree, and two pear trees.  In the past we have grown collard greens, mustard greens, kale, kohlrabi, radishes, turnips, sugar snap peas, and cabbage, as well.  We grow our plants from seed to harvest.  Most of the seedlings we grow are sent home with our students or provided to our financial sponsors at no cost to them.  We choose what to plant based on requests from sponsors, personal preferences, and to experiment with new or different foods.  Our students have the opportunity to sample foods they have never seen or tried before, and they get to take home fresh produce regularly.  Carrots and snow peas are the favorites, as they almost never make it far from the garden before they are eaten.  We are planning to build a compost area and plant a berry patch with blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries very soon.

a couple months in

Teachers collaborate to create lessons that complement the work in the garden.  For instance, through their Math class, students worked to measure out the garden plot and calculate perimeter and square footage.  In Science, students learned the process of photosynthesis, and they can determine which fertilizer to use for different situations or conditions.  In History class, students studied about the history of farming in America and how the industry has developed over time.  Many of our students take a specially designed Health and PE course (HOPE) where they have used our produce to make salads for their periodic “feasts”.  Our Career Preparation program also utilizes the garden as one of our on-campus work settings for students to learn skills and responsibility.  Students process requests for plants or produce and deliver them to people across the campus.  Additionally, our students designed and created signs depicting the names of our sponsors and signs with their own monsters on them to place in and around the garden.  Financial sponsors sent in their design requests for their signs, including color and wording, and our students had to read and fulfill the orders and then ensure that the final products matched the orders.

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Our Green Monsters are recognized and appreciated across the school campus.  They are proud to wear their Green Monster t-shirts every Thursday, and several members of the faculty and staff, as well as one student not in the program, have their own shirts.  More people want shirts, but we ran out!  Many people around the school visit the garden just to grab a handful of fresh produce for a healthy lunch.  When our school was up for Accreditation this year, one of the programs our school chose to feature was the Green Monster program, and members of the Accreditation team made sure to visit us.

Our garden is financed by generous donations from faculty and staff, funds provided by our school principal, and by community businesses who have provided us with plants and materials for free or at a discount.  The Farm to School program sponsors 64 square feet of our growing space.  The food grown in this space is provided to the school cafeteria for use in school lunches.  We have provided lots of lettuce and collard greens to the cafeteria so far.  To sustain our program in the future, we will continue to seek “Monster Sponsors” to provide us with financial support, we will continue partnering with Farm to School, and we plan to expand into fundraisers such as selling seedlings that we grow and care for, selling t-shirts, as well as canning and selling pickles (which our students are very excited about).  As this school year winds down, I have many students asking how they can join our program next year.  I sure hope we can grow our program to accommodate them!

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lettuce for lunchesThrough programs like the Golden Shovel Award, with exposure from local media, and with community support, we hope to shine a positive light on our program, our school, and on programs for students with disabilities in general.  We hope that the positive exposure will not only help our program to continue in future years, but maybe serve to provide encouragement to other schools considering adding a school garden to their campus, especially those who wish to serve students with disabilities.

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source: Alachua County Farm To School