Homeboy Industries Music Releases “The Big Lay-Off”

Gabriel San Roman (OC Weekly) | January 28, 2011

Last year was a tumultuous ride for the heralded LA-based institution known as Homeboy Industries. Despite its reputable work over two decades in transforming the lives of gang members through employment and other programs, their money coffers have dried up. The organization, founded by Boyle Heights-based Jesuit priest Father Gregory Boyle, faced a five-million-dollar shortfall and made a most difficult decision back in May to lay off more than 300 employees.

“Father G”–as he is known to the homeboys/homegirls–went on tour with his book Tattoos on the Heart and spread the word about Homeboy Industries’ financial woes, even landing an appearance recently on Dr. Phil’s television program. The heightened public awareness through the media campaign finally translated into a measure of relief late last year, as grants from LA County, Chevron, and other supporters helped recover a little more than half of the jobs lost.

Fittingly, Homeboy Industries’ music program is starting off 2011 with full-length album titled The Big Lay-Off that will be officially released today at Homegirl Cafe in Los Angeles. If the slogan of Homeboy Industries is “nothing stops a bullet like a job,” then a possible way to summarize its music program is “nothing clears the mind like a rhyme.”

Read more at: http://blogs.ocweekly.com/heardmentality/2011/01/homeboy_industries_music_relea.php

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