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About goodlifealliance

This blog is dedicated to the engagement, empowerment, and equipping of young adults who are using the arts to create change in both themselves and the world. It is connected to a global network of cultural change agents that are using the arts, primarily hiphop, to name the world and in doing so also changing it. Key topics include Hiphop Culture, Liberation Education, Social and Emotional Learning, Social Justice, Hiphop as a movement, and Spirituality. It is authored by Roberto Rivera, Hiphop artist, educator, and author of educational curricula such as Good Life and Fulfill The Dream. Roberto speaks publicly around the nation on issues covered in this blog.

Living the Good Life Now

I will never forget the excitement I felt when I saw video images of me and my family on national television that warm night in the early 80’s. I remember the documentary coming on and being all confusing, but then … Continue reading

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Nahum Diaz Interview of Big Brother Roberto

  Interview   What are the differences between hip-hop, and the hip hop industry?   I like to make a distinction between Hiphop Culture and Hiphop Industry.   I define Hiphop Culture as the modern day phenomenon of oppressed people … Continue reading

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Five Principles To Living The Good Life

The other day an old friend got in touch with me via facebook. The last time I heard from the guy, we were both really into skateboarding, freestyle rapping, and partying a little too much. He must have been sort … Continue reading

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Hiphop-Youth Voice and Social Change

The Good Life Organization (GLO) specializes in galvanizing adults towards supporting the positive development of youth and cultivation of youth voice, and mobilizing youth towards using their voices to create community change. Extensive research and experience indicate that there is … Continue reading

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From Isolation to Transformation: A Story about the Power of Using Hip hop based education and SEL in Schools.

Back in 2005, I had recently graduated from college at UW-Madison, where I created my own major entitled: Social Change, Youth Culture and the Arts, and I was looking to put my education into practice. I noticed that the media … Continue reading

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Using the Knowledge of Hiphop To Transform Self and Society: Article Six I Have a Dream Too!

A dream is a vision that is worth fighting for—Paulo Freire Those who are in power are afraid of the masses once they understand that they have the power to change the reality of the world. The only way to … Continue reading

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Using the Knowledge of Hiphop to Transform Self and Society Article Five: Pimp My Ride

Pimp My Ride. Ever since humans have walked on the earth there has been conflict and beef with others from different backgrounds. From war to racism, to poverty humans have had to learn how to deal with the brutal realities … Continue reading

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