***UPDATE ON THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2015***
We almost can't believe it, but we have passed our goal with seven days to go. OUR BACKERS ARE AMAZING! We are completely stunned and humbled by the support we have been given from this community.
However, the work does not stop here. Kickstarter takes 5% of funds + 3%-5% of processing fees + 20 cents for every backer. That's about $2,500 out of our pockets, and we want to still net out at the original goal of $25,000, so we need to keep working through the finish line.
Thank you all so much for your support, and we would truly appreciate your continued support and sharing for our final week and last push.
Peace & Love,
The Rappin' Ricky team.
Hi, all. Thank you for visiting the Rappin' Ricky kickstarter page! Illiteracy is a global disease that we plan to fight, one rap at a time, through educational songs, webisodes, ebooks and mobile apps!
My name is F.Stokes. I'm an internationally touring rapper, poet and actor, with a background in producing a catalogue of multicultural rap music. Creating music has always been my lifeblood, and about a year ago, I made the choice to focus the next chapter of my life on using my talents and passions to make education fun, entertaining and empowering.
Why? Well, I once was a young kid, trying to learn, but unsupported and uninspired by my classroom environment. I vividly remember what it was like to be in class and feel embarrassed or hopeless just because I couldn't pronounce or understand certain words. I was too ashamed to ask my teacher or classmates, and I didn't have any role models or mentors to turn to. I believe that no child should have to go through that. And so, after careful research - including in-depth conversations with educators, community organizers, entertainers, and families of all races and economic backgrounds - I created Rappin' Ricky: An animated child star who uses rap music and urban culture to teach primary education and social lessons to kids of all ages.
Rappin' Ricky gives us all a chance to create a better version of ourselves; a version that is free from socioeconomic disparities, discrimination, and educational disadvantages. Through Ricky's powerful voice, we can not only positively impact the world through rap music, but revolutionize the process in which education is consumed by creating animated content that's attractive to kids because it's diverse, cool, timely, relevant and informative.
This Kickstarter campaign is meant to help begin the journey of bringing Rappin' Ricky to life by creating his first music catalog, animated video and e-book. It takes a village to raise a child - let's proudly come together and give Rappin' Ricky a chance to be heard.
Rappin' Ricky is an animated child star from Brooklyn who leverages rap music and urban culture to teach both primary education and social lessons to kids of all ages. Ricky's journey will initially consist of a 5-7 song mixtape of educational jams, e-book and animated video. Our long-term goal is for Rappin' Ricky to blossom into the following educational tools: a web series, app, merchandise and a feature animated film. Your pledge would set the foundation for Ricky's growth and development.
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, there are about 775 million people in the world who are illiterate, with another 152 million children set to follow in their footsteps because they aren't attending school. The beauty of Rappin' Ricky is the mobility of the message; it doesn't require a classroom setting to learn the lessons. Rappin' Ricky's songs will be easily accessible by smartphone, computer, radio, and all online streaming services.
Rappin' Ricky puts the power back into the hands of the parent; allowing the consumer to introduce their children to hip-hop on the most positive and uplifting level. It will take us all to come together and combat the misogynistic and often times dreadfully negative messages in today's rap music. Rappin' Ricky is a necessary voice.
According to Don McMannis, an expert on children's music, "Music is also an effective, almost magical medium for learning and retaining information," he adds. "It activates three different centers of the brain at the same time: language, hearing, and rhythmic motor control. By inducing emotions, it also creates a heightened condition of awareness and mental acuity. Words paired with music are far easier to retain.” The ABC song, Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, and many others are proven examples of how well it works. However, we have seen many changes in both social norms and children’s role models in the last few decades, not necessarily for the better. Rappin' Ricky will offer an alternative to current trends by providing the appearance and the familiarity needed to connect with new generations, while still teaching the fundamental values that support society.
OOOOH SHNAP! A behind the scenes look at the storyline for Rappin' Ricky's animated series! Still A LONG ways to go (and I can only share the basis with official backers, unfortunately, due to legal considerations) but conceptually, Ricky is shaping up nicely!
Check out my collaboration with Super Sprowtz! A song I wrote dedicated to teaching the value of nutrition to kids:
This too... My Simple, a song about one of my hometowns - Madison, WI.
Meet the team:
F.Stokes, Rapper // Poet // Creator of Rappin' Ricky // Professional Stage Ripper // Global Voice of Inspiration
Sonya Zhong, Strategist // Businesswoman // Audience Insight.
Funds will be allocated towards:
• Creating Rappin' Ricky's music catalog (includes studio time, vocal alteration, mixing, mastering and artist collaborations)
• Educational videos (includes working closely with an animator to give Rappin' Ricky the most authentic feel and look possible)
• Creation of Rappin' Ricky's Ebooks (includes collaborating with Theodore and other illustrators to give Rappin' Ricky the best look, feel and vibe for all kids to enjoy)
• Creating the foundation for Ricky's mobile app
My team and I have been working hard to research these costs and make our best, most conservative estimates. We have experience from years of making music, so we know what these creative projects cost to bring to fruition. We want nothing more than to bring Ricky to life, and to be able to use our talents to create something that can change kids' lives for the better. There are so many youth in our world who aren't learning as much as they can from their classroom environments, and who are too ashamed to seek help, or too unmotivated to try hard because they don't think learning is fun. We truly believe that Rappin' Ricky can make a difference for those youth.
Thank you for helping us create Rappin' Ricky. For your child, your sister's child, your friend's child, and all the children out there who don't have someone fighting for their future.
I appreciate your time and consideration.
On behalf of Rappin' Ricky,
Peace & Love!
Risks and challenges
When collaborating with a team of creatives, the biggest risk is delivering the project on its due date. Considering the animation nature of Rappin' Ricky, this creation is a very time consuming process for all involved.
To combat this, we will do our best to manage expectations and be as transparent as possible throughout the creation of Rappin' Ricky.
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