Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I thought it would be nice to pass this along.

**While doing some searching on the net, I ran across these brothers. I thought it was exciting that these brothers, who are now disabled due to gun violence, are now lending their voice to the world to educate society about disability issues, as well as to advocate against gun violence. Check them out.**

4 Wheel City is an urban entertainment group and disability awareness movement started by Namel "Tapwaterz" Norris, rapper, and Ricardo "Rickfire" Velasquez, producer, two talented hip-hop artists who use wheelchairs since sustaining injuries from gun violence. Their mission is to use hip-hop music and culture to create more awareness and positive opportunities for people with disabilities, to inspire people not to give up in life, and to raise funds for spinal cord injury research.

They hope to show the world that people with disabilities have talents, dreams, and the right to be treated equally. In addition, their experiences have moved them to be allies in the war against gun violence. Gun violence has a devastating impact on the community and across the world. By educating the community of its consequences, Norris and Velasquez hope to encourage action and make a difference in the fight against illegal guns and inner city gun violence.

The wheelchair duo calls their act "rap therapy."

The tour will consist of both musical performances and speaking engagements to build awareness about disability issues. Both Norris and Velasquez, along with their manager Gary Delamothe, announced the tour on October 15, 2008 from New York's City Hall in conjunction with the Mayor's Office fifth annual Disability Mentoring Day.

For more info on 4 Wheel City please go to their home on the web.

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