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Young Revolutionary Poetry is a collective of Los Angeles spoken-word artists whose mission is to bring about social change through words. They produce performances at the iconic Maverick's Flat in Inglewood as well as orchestrate what they have dubbed "The Artists Marketplace." These Saturday gatherings blend performance, discussion panels and opportunities for artists to sell their merchandise at gallery space in Hawthorne.

As a member of the Young Angels' incubator program, YRP is learning how to monetize their passion for social justice and performance and make not just art, but but also profit. Mixing art and business, they are growing both as wordsmiths and as producers. In the incubator, they are learning about merchandise and marketing, live event production, alternative fundraising, non-profit development and financial management. In keeping with the overall philanthropic mission of Young Angels, they are also committed to serving the community by offering benefit performances, working in the classroom, and developing as life-long community activists.

As Emerging Chairman, Justin Ramirez says, "This group is some of the finest young talent I have seen in Los Angeles in years. Their ability to blend their belief with their ambition is impressive." Director Rachel Butler-Green adds, "It is a pleasure to mentor such motivated and articulate young people."

Emerging Artists & Executive Advisory

Justin Ramirez

Chairman, Emerging Artists & Executives

CEO, Revibe the Movement, a media hub for the international hip hop community. Its mission is to make hip hop accessible to all people.

Rachel Butler-Green

Director, Emerging Artists & Executives

A graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Rachel is a professional dancer who now heads up the Young Angels effort to provide performance platforms for emerging artists and service opportunities for young executives.

Nori Shirasu

Director, Young Angels Visual Arts

Nori has a broad background in visual, studio and graphic arts, architecture and creative expression. He has a unique combination of training and experience in the arts both in the United States and Japan.

Cary Odes

Director, Young Angels Comedy Program

Cary has taught stand up to teenagers, both in a high school setting and to gang members in prison. He has written for television and co-wrote an award winning short film, which was optioned by Steven Spielberg. He Teaches public speaking and standup comedy at Comedy Workshops and originated the Young Angels Comedy Workshop with Bob Saget in 2006.

Jose Jehuda Garcia, Esq.

Director, Young Angels Legal Affairs

Jose has 15 years of experience in the audiovisual media field. He has written and/or produced content in both Spanish and English for Discovery Channel, NatGeo, and other entities, including film and radio. He is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of Film and Loyola Law School.

Ross Nordin, MBA

Financial consultant, Young Angels

Ross has more than 12 years of financial, operations and accounting analytics for small to large public and private firms in the services; engineering; telecom; real estate and manufacturing industries. He is a graduate of University of Michigan's School of Business.

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