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Music Producer and Entrepreneur Gives Back to His Community

Posted in Reggae, The Examiner, TuchPoint, TuchPoint Music Productions with tags on December 23, 2011 by thephoenixpr
Music Producer

Philadelphia native Emmanuel “TuchPoint” Aden is definitely what one would call a renaissance man, not only does he serve as a music producer to musical artists across the globe — like reggae artist TEFF, rap acts like Gillie Da Kidd, Young Chris, and  Jack Frost to name a few — but he is deeply committed to giving back to his community.

The music producer and real estate/construction company business owner has been involved in several community initiatives this year. TuchPoint not only served as an inspirational guest speaker on DJ Damage’s All Hamm Back to School Tour, but he regularly serves as a mentor to several Philadelphia students.

TuchPoint says he not only wants to “motivate them to continue on with their education, [but show them that] “once you have reached the minimum level of success you’re responsible to give back.”

The business mogul is definitely living up to his own words of advice. When he is not producing records for billboard topping artists or running his real estate and construction business he volunteer as a drill team instructor in his neighborhood.

Some may wonder how he finds time to give back while running his own business, but for TuchPoint the secret is incorporating his nine to five with his work in the community. He has used his role as a mentor to give Philadelphia students hands on experience in music video production.  His mentees have gotten the opportunity to produce music videos for musical acts like Bad Boy artist E-nice, TEFF and Jack Frost.

TuchPoint says he enjoys giving students these hands on experiences to show them that “it’s cool to chase your dreams.” Still, he admits that he has been blessed to follow his musical passions because of his strong educational foundation.

“Music is a luxury,” TuPoint says of  his opportunity to not only produce music, but also own TuchPoint Music Productions. TuPoint says, “Because of construction I’ve been afforded the structure to do it[produce music].”

Still, he stresses that he wants to show students that the glitz and glamour of the music industry does not come without hard work and perseverance. TuchPoint says he encourages to students to stay in school and be responsible, telling them that “when it’s your dream no one can take it [away].” He is also committed to producing music with a positive message. 

Not only is he dedicated to helping students reach their dreams, but he is also trying to help those individuals who have gone down the wrong path get their life back.

TuchPoint makes it a point to hire people who have recently been released from prison for his construction and real estate business.

TuchPoint says they appreciate the second chance, and he is happy to do whatever he can to help them get their life back on track.  

The entrepreneur is also trying to expand employment opportunities for returning military veterans. TuchPoint is partnering with the organization Impact to develop a program that will help veterans gain work skills in the construction industry. Not only is he working to develop the employment skills program, but he also plans on hiring a few of the program’s graduates.

In addition to his year round work in the community, he makes it a point to give back during the holiday season.  This Thanksgiving he served as a sponsor to help provide a half a dozen Philadelphia families with baskets filled with turkey and the dressings. He is also currently helping with the city-wide holiday coat drive. 

In 2012, the renaissance man plans to continue to cement his place as a leader in his community and the music industry.  TuchPoint not only plans on working with artists in the UK and Asia, but he would also like to take a few college students with him to share the experience. He is also looking into starting a transportation initiative with artist TEFF  to make it easier for students in the country side of Jamaica to get to school.

One day TuPoint says he may start a nonprofit centered on helping youths gain the skills needed to be entrepreneurs in their community. TuPoint says his experiences working as a music producer and business owner has provided him with the “cross learning” needed to participate in the many community initiatives he is involved in. 


Philadelphia’s DJ Damage pays it forward to his community

Posted in Article, Hip Hop, The Examiner with tags , , , , , , on December 23, 2011 by thephoenixpr

Abdul “DJ Damage” Muhammad grew up in North Philadelphia and is no stranger to the issues that many inner city youth face today. Damage credits his mother, Adrienne Stokes, for keeping him out of trouble and encouraging him to work hard and give back to his community. After graduating from Temple University, the youngest on air mixer, decided he wanted to devote some time to encouraging young people to pursue higher education, work hard and achieve their dreams. So he launched the All Hamm Back to School Tour.

Damage, 22, says, “Talking to these kids is really just about reaffirming and encouraging them to do the positive things they’ve been destined to do.”

Damage’s presence on Philadelphia’s HOT 107.9 radio station is another way he connects with the city’s youth.

“Music is a universal language, and I’m blessed to be able to use my position as a DJ to really listen to what the youth have to say, and show them that people do care about them. I care about them; I care about seeing them succeed and do positive things in the community.” 

In addition to being the keynotespeaker on the All Hamm Back to School Tour at various schools throughout Philadelphia, Damage served as a panelist for the ‘Villa Dream Project’, an educational initiative encouraging students to dream big and pursue higher education. He also spoke at the Philadelphia School of the Future, for Senator Vincent Hughes’ back to school event.

“I want youth to know that they’re capable of being the next astronaut, doctor, lawyer or singer, whatever their heart desires as long as they work hard and get an education,” Damage said.

DJ Damage isn’t just talking the talk, he’s living it. He graduated from Temple University in May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media. During his time at Temple he maintained a 3.0 GPA all while balancing his on-air responsibilities at Radio One and DJ-ing some of the hottest parties in the tri-state area.  He’s proof that hard work does pays off. In addition to his many other accomplishments, Damage recently was a guest co-host on BET’s 106 & Park.

“With (people from) Philly, you’ve got to keep it real, whether it’s a teen or adult you’re talking to,” Damage said. “I never dish out advice unless I actually live the values I’m talking about. People can see through that.”

Despite the impact he’s clearly having on the youth, Damage stays humble. But if you watch him interact with those who look up to him, like in the recent CNN feature, it’s clear DJ Damage is making a difference.

“I never knew that a stranger could come into my life and be the one that shows me how to be a man…” says 17 year old Emire Lloyd of DJ Damage.

When asked about the impact her favorite DJ has had on her life Danaya Williams said “Damage always says he’s on ‘Level 10’ when he’s DJ-ing, but he inspires the younger generation to go for ‘Level 10’, to give our absolute best, in whatever we do.”

“I don’t do any of this for the cameras or the papers,” Damage said.  “I’m a part of the community, and it’s only right that I do my part.”