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Beat-making class offers refuge from violence for West Oakland kids

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Today's Future Sound instructor Marlon Richardson helps sixth-grader Emily Wayne chose drum beats


Every Wednesday afternoon, a science classroom in a West Oakland middle school fills up with kids that hang out there by choice. It's become a sanctuary for the neighborhood. Why?

The classroom is transformed into a hip hop recording studio where adult DJs, emcees and rappers teach music production using state-of-the-art software and drum machines.

MARLON RICHARDSON: "That's what draws them here. To have that kind of opportunity to have peace of mind and be able to express and discover and search and find."


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