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51Oakland Presents Beyond Idol 2013 Grand Finale
October 23, 2013
Wednesday, October 23
Join Beyond Emancipation, 51Oakland, & local artists, as they celebrate and showcase some of the best youth talent in Alameda County. Youth will headline the night with performances in dance, singing, hip hop and spoken word. They will be accompanied by a performance from a local celebrity (TBA).
Beyond Emancipation’s unique and powerful project, Beyond Idol is now in its second year. In 2012, Beyond Idol began as an event series to give voice to the talent and expressions of current and former foster care/probation youth, ages 16 – 24, in Alameda County. This year, at the behest of last year's participants, Beyond Idol expands to become a youth and artistic development program that cultivates the talents of youth in foster care, culminating in a series of events in the late Fall of 2013.
Auditions • Laney College, September 21, 2013
Finals Competition • New Parish, October 8, 2013
Finale • Yoshi’s Oakland, October 23, 2013
The Beyond Idol program helps a sensitive, often misrepresented population of youth develop much needed confidence and self-respect that will have an impact on how they perform in the upcoming events. But most importantly, youth will be able to apply the transferable skills they learn in the program to all other aspects of their lives. Take it from 2012 Beyond Idol Spoken Word Champion Sade Daniels, speaking on her enlightening experience during the auditions process.
"One judge said to me ‘What you are saying, it goes beyond just this competition. You’re saying something that every black girl, every adolescent girl, needs to hear.’ Hearing something like that was like: 'Dang, I didn’t know what I said was that important!' I felt a major boost!"
Registration for Beyond Idol is mandatory and FREE! Contestants can choose to compete in one of four areas: Hip Hop, Spoken Word, Vocals, and (new this year) Dance. Youth can find forms, eligibility, & full contest rules on www.beyondidol.com.
Beyond Idol is presented by our generous sponsors & partners: 51Oakland, RYSE Center, Dan’s Fresh Produce, Haile Girma & Co., Nicely Done Solutions, Ghaffari Accountancy, Inc., & Check Centers.