Boston Police have teamed up with kids and teens from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester to produce a new song and video that seeks to find common ground between “black and blue.”
The track — titled “One Beat for Peace” —features lyrics by BPD’s Deputy Superintendent Nora Baston, B-3 officer John Staco and Officer Kenny Grubbs from District B-2. The trio rap alongside young performers Mayal Levy, Sachi Vicente, and Gyanni Hamilton, all members of the Dorchester club. The video was mainly filmed on the club's campus on Deer Street in Dorchester.
The track is available for download on ITunes, Amazon, and CDbaby. All proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester.
The concept and video was produced by Mobile Stü, a mobile recording studio founded by Mike Boston, who uses music to find common ground between city youth and police officers.
“For a couple of years, Mike had this idea for Mobile Stü. He tricked out the back of his pickup to bring it to communities and empower youth by giving them the opportunity to record music,” said Brenna Fitzgerald, vice president at Allen & Gerritsen, an advertising agency that is supporting the effort. “He believes in the power of music to heal wounds and foster positivity. Our agency has seen all the great work he’s done in the community and we wanted our campaign this year [which is the agency’s holiday initiative Action & Goodness] to focus on Mobile Stü.”
“The song is amazing and the kids that are featured on the track are unbelievable. We started in Dorchester, and of course we want to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club as well as promote Mobile Stü to be able to bring it to cities outside of Dorchester,” said Fitzgerald.