Politics for Toledo’s Hip-Hop generationWritten by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The voice of the Hip-Hop generation is being heard nationally and is being defined by events that range from the election of President Barack Obama to the running of Kevin Powell (MTV’s “The Real World”) for Congress.
As the “old guard” retires and passes on, many realize that no one was mentored to take their place, thus leaving the door open for more diversity in politics. Toledo’s own Schylar Meadows has been known for her political prowess for years, but age was not on her side. She had the guts to announce her first candidacy in her 20s. She served as the national vice president of programs for Young Democrats of America and was a Go Red for Women ambassador with the local chapter of the American Heart Association. She appeared on 13abc’s “Conklin and Company” weekly as a political analyst and runs her own weekly political radio show “Juice Talk” Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on WJUC 107.3FM.
This is the short version of “Who is Schylar Meadows?” She is a young woman who believes in the community she grew up in, whose goal is to answer the concerns of the people, her people. This is the coming of age of the Hip-Hop generation which demands we grow, develop a voice and take charge. Toledo, we now have a voice. She’s not new to this; she’s true to this. Ladies and gentlemen… Schylar Meadows!
Martini Rox: Who do you think you are?
Schylar Meadows: So who do I think I am? A law-abiding citizen from House District 48 who wants to make a difference. I have a deep rooted affection for our community and I really believe it’s time for us to have that next level of leadership. That’s who I think I am the next level of leadership who can appeal to the Hip-Hop generation. To (attend events) that the youth are involved(in), talk to people in the civic and business community and just in general have a level of concern for the quality of life in our district that has never been shown before. (I want) to include everyone else, to actually listen to what they have to say that’s who I think I am. Schylar Meadows, candidate for state representative in House District 48.
MR: What Hip-Hop lyric/song best describes you?
SM: “The Message” (by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five) is talking about “don’t push me ’cause I’m close to the edge.” If you listen to the lyrics of that song, it was developed in the ’80s and still rings true in the new millennium. While that is a tribute to Hip-Hop the genre and art form, it’s also a tribute to social consciousness and we should take heed to that.
MR: What are your plans if elected?
SM: There are many things I would like to do, one, is open a district office. That gives people a chance to come in, meet me and understand who I am as their elected official also for me to be able to listen to their concerns and take those concerns to Columbus. I’d also like to be instrumental in helping to get us up and running in this area in terms of “Green” jobs. The area employs at least 25 percent of people who have been in jail. You have a way for ex offenders to feel like they are a part of society, come back and make an honest living.
MR: Now that we know your plans what do you need from us?
SM: What I need as a candidate for State Representative is to talk to you! Candidate hotline for Schylar Meadows is (419) 321-0023. You can catch me on Facebook, www.facebook.com/SchylarMeadowsforStateRepresentative.
Basically, we need people to tell everyone they know about me. Come and join us! Go door to door, we take donations and just make sure that on Election Day, Nov. 2 you go to the ballot box and pull that lever for Schylar Meadows — that’s what we need!
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