Survivor Stories: Myles Bullen

Survivor Stories: Myles Bullen

Myles Bullen is a Native American “soft rap art poet” from Portland, Maine. Music has helped him through the hardest parts of his life; he makes his music to help others in the same way. With inventive wordplay and powerful lyrics, Myles raps over everything from smooth jazz beats, to…
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Myles Bullen: Musical Healing Beyond Prison Walls

Myles Bullen: Musical Healing Beyond Prison Walls

Creativity, connection and community... That's what encompasses the work of Myles Bullen, a Native American musician, poet and performer from Portland, Maine—and one of Music to Life's Northern New England Accelerator participants. Over the past few years, Bullen has performed in schools, prisons and recovery centers around the world. Just…
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Gina Chavez: Uplifting Oppressed Women in Latin America

Gina Chavez: Uplifting Oppressed Women in Latin America

Music and social activism have intertwined throughout Gina Chavez’s career as a Latinx bilingual folk-pop singer. Gina began writing music while living in Argentina. Later she spent eight months as a volunteer teacher in a gang-dominated barrio in El Salvador. Her single "Siete-D" is a celebration of the Salvadoran spirit…
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Naima Shalhoub: Dignity and Meaning for Women in Prison

Naima Shalhoub: Dignity and Meaning for Women in Prison

Naima Shalhoub is a Lebanese American vocalist, songwriter, and educator for social justice. A former educator in the public school system, Naima spent a year facilitating weekly “Music and Freedom with incarcerated women in San Francisco County Jail, ultimately recording her first album, Live in San Francisco County Jail. Many…
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