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'Hip Hop Grows Up' mentors youth

Actress Nia Long's Mother, Talita Long Actress Nia Long's Mother, Talita Long

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  An Albany organization is using the power of celebrity to mentor young people.

'Hip Hop Grows Up' is a non-profit that believes in the village concept of raising youth. They want to help young people through everyday challenges.

Thursday, celebrity mothers came to Albany to share their messages with this group from Albany State.

Nia Long's mother Talita, as well as Todd Bridges mother were here to help inspire them.

"If you listen to T-Pain, if you listen to Nia Long, if you listen to or admire Todd Bridges, guess what? This is where they come from, you'll listen to their mothers as well, great beautiful women," said Talia Ashley of Hip Hop Grows Up.

Actress Nia Long's Mother Talita Long said, "I think it's absolutely important to do service. If you've been given opportunities, you have to give back."

Hip Hop grows up is designed to bridge the gaps in education between parents, educators and young people by using the positive influences in hip hop and entertainment.

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