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#PodcastWednesdays (@PodcastWeds) – S4,E4 – #StopBullying w/DJ Yazir (@DjYazir) & Za Za (@Za85131221)

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Today we speak with a rising positive young role model for the #StopBullying movement 13 year old Zakiyyah Whitfield, her producer DJ Yazir & legendary singer Ms Natasha Mayfield Glass. We were very impressed with Za’s story but but we’ll let Za Za tell it:

“I share my love for music through study, practice and performance. I strive to be educational, entertaining and inspirational. I pursue excellence and professionalism in all aspects of an organization. I seek to build a movement that will help the youth. I believe in community service through the sharing of talents and resources. I want to be known for my messages that will be delivered through my voice and lyrics. I will not let anyone kill my shine because I bring the light into the darkness.”

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Topics Discussed: Why should we #StopBullying  |  The recording process  |  What the youth need  |  What is Vivian Green up to  |  Mom (Natasha Mayfield Glass) stopped her singing career for Za  |  How parents handle bullying  |  Minister Blair, Pope Golden & Reverend Lambert  |  Motivational words for the next generation  |  Rihanna is not a role model  |  You couldnt get on #PodcastWednesdays?… Dont be mad, just work harder… you see, “its a frustrating time for alot of people right now”, Ha!

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This weeks musical interludes provided by:

1. ZaZA – It Will Never Work (Produced By DJ Yazir)

2. Lupe Fiasco – SLR 3 (Kendrick Lamar “Control” response – Winner)

3. Bruno Mars – Treasure

4. Big Sean – Nothing Is Stopping You

 

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Bio

Zakiyyah Whitfield is her name, 13 years old is her age. Zakiyyah Whitfield was born February 14, 2000. Zakiyyah is the daughter of Natasha Mayfield Glass and Rufus Whitfield. Zakiyyah is from Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania She attended Global Leadership Academy, was homeschooled for a year, went to Overbrook Elementary, Islamic school for a year and now she attends KIP West Philadelphia. She started singing at the age of 2; her mother Natasha inspired her to be a singer. Zakiyyah’s first song she sang at the age of 2 was Mary J. Blidge “Be Without You.”After that she was in her school play The Wiz playing the tin-man at KIP. Her favorite singers are Rihanna, Kelly Price, and Chris Brown. Zakiyyah Whitfield was bullied in her school constantly about her religion (being Muslim) and herself. Every since Zakiyyah mother seen the potential in her daughter, she wanted her to come out of her shell and share her voice. This was always Zakiyyah’s dream, to be a singer and to express herself through her music. “When I first heard my daughter sing the Mary J. Blidge song, I was blown away,” Zakiyyah mother said. Zakiyyah wants to a role model to her youth, that’s why she started her own movement to stop the bullying in schools. Her first hit song “it will never work,” relates to anti-bullying. Her voice is not the only thing that is powerful; her songs tell stories and let you feel her emotions pour though her lyrics. Zakiyyah Whitfield is the next big thing; she will shine through her music and shine for her youth and all communities. She will not stop until she is on top

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