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Shyan Selah mixes hip-hop with positive message Dec. 19

Shyan Selah joins Dean Tolson and an array of local dancers Dec. 5 at The Commons mall. They will perform and inspire during an all-ages hip-hop event 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at the mall. - Andy Hobbs/The Mirror
Shyan Selah joins Dean Tolson and an array of local dancers Dec. 5 at The Commons mall. They will perform and inspire during an all-ages hip-hop event 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at the mall.
— image credit: Andy Hobbs/The Mirror

Shyan Selah, Brave New World and the Brave Foundation will present Shyan LIVE! at 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at The Commons mall in Federal Way. This all-ages event will feature new music by Selah and performances by Team Avengers, M.A.S. Coalition and dance teams from Federal Way high schools.

Former Seattle Supersonics player Dean Tolson will speak about the importance of education. Isa Nichols, executive director of the Maxine Mimms Academies for Suspended and Expelled Youth and author of “Genesis: The Bullet Was Meant for Me, The D.C. Sniper Story Untold,” will speak on issues of domestic abuse and violence.

Attendees are encouraged to bring toys, food and clothing to benefit Goodwill and the Seattle Children’s Hospital.

The event is intended to send a positive message about education and healthy living. On Dec. 5 at The Commons mall, Selah and Tolson spoke with local youth about such virtues.

“One thing that worked for me is mentorship,” said Selah, a product of Federal Way. Tolson, who learned to read and write as an adult, urged students to stay in school: “The most serious thing we can do in this society is get an education.”

Selah and Brave New World are holding a talent search for local rappers, singers and dancers Dec. 12-13 at The Commons. Registration required. Learn more: www.the

bravefoundation.com and www.myspace.com/shyanselah

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