Joey Batts might not seem like your average high school teacher, but he has fused his love of his community and music to help a particularly vulnerable subset of the population in one of the most difficult times of year for many people.
Through an annual concert series known as Hip-hop for the Homeless (more information here: https://www.facebook.com/HipHopfortheHomeless), Joey Batts has been using the appeal of hip-hop music to bring both crucial awareness and also important donations to non-profits that help the homeless in Connecticut.
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The extended interview with Joey Batts can be found here:
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#2: “‘Homelessness Is a Problem in Connecticut. This Hartford Rapper Wants to Help.”.” Apple Podcasts Store, Capitol Watch by Hartford Courant, 4 Dec. 2018, itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/homelessness-is-problem-in-connecticut-this-hartford/id1226092272?i=1000425096968&mt=2.
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#7: “Malloy Signs Historic Conn. Minimum Wage Hike into Law.” YouTube, WTNH News8, 27 Mar. 2014, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XKGWE9Nf6E.
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#9: Mccabe, Chip. “Hartford Rapper Joey Batts Expands Hip Hop for the Homeless Concerts to 8 Cities over 11 Days.” Hartford Courant, 4 Dec. 2018, http://www.courant.com/entertainment/music/hc-ctnow-hip-hop-homeless-joey-batts-20181126-story.html.
#10: Gov. Malloy Announces $6.5M To Help Homeless Youths. Patch, 16 Nov. 2018, patch.com/connecticut/hartford/gov-malloy-announces-6-5m-help-homeless-youths.
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#12: Outro Song: “Fill Me In” by Atwaters featuring Yeon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW0iKqFMoxo Used with artist’s consent. The contents and views of this video may not necessarily be shared with the artist.