Yasiin Bey, better known by his stage name Mos Def, is an American rapper, singer and activist. Best known for his music, Bey began his hip hop career in 1994, alongside his siblings in the short-lived rap group Urban Thermo Dynamics, after which he appeared on albums by Da Bush Babees and De La Soul, he subsequently formed the duo Black Star, alongside fellow Brooklyn-based rapper Talib Kweli, they released their eponymous debut album in 1998. He was featured on the roster of Rawkus Records and in 1999 released his solo debut, Black on Both Sides, his debut was followed by True Magic and The Ecstatic. The editors at About.com listed him as the 14th greatest emcee of all time on their "50 greatest MC's of our time" list. Some of Mos Def's top hits include "Oh No", "Definition" and "Respiration". Prior to his career in music, Mos Def entered public life as a child actor with roles in television films and theater. Since the early 2000s, Mos Def has appeared in films such as Something the Lord Made, Next Day Air, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 16 Blocks, Be Kind Rewind, The Italian Job, The Woodsman and Brown Sugar and in television series such as Dexter and House.
He is known as the host of Def Poetry Jam, which aired on HBO between 2002 and 2007. Mos Def has been vocal on several social and political causes, including police brutality, the idea of American exceptionalism and the status of African-Americans. Mos Def was born Dante Terrell Smith in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Sheron Smith and Abdulrahman; the eldest of 12 children and step-children, he was raised by his mother in Brooklyn, while his father lived in New Jersey. His father was a member of the Nation of Islam and followed Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, who merged into mainstream Sunni Islam from the Nation of Islam. Mos Def was not exposed to Islam until the age of 13. At 19, he took the Muslim declaration of faith, he is close friends with fellow Muslim rappers Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest. Mos Def attended middle school at Philippa Schuyler Middle School 383 in Bushwick, Brooklyn where he picked up his love for acting. After returning from filming You Take the Kids in Los Angeles, getting into a relationship with an older girl, Mos Def dropped out of high school during sophomore year.
Growing up in New York City during the crack epidemic of the 1980s and early 1990s, he has spoken about witnessing widespread instances of gang violence and poverty in society, which he avoided by working on plays, Off-Off-Broadway and arts programs. In a traumatic childhood experience, Mos Def witnessed his five-year-old younger brother Ilias Bey get hit by a car. Bey, who adopted the alias DCQ, was described by Smith as "my first partner in hip hop". Mos Def began his music career in 1994, forming the group UTD along with younger brother DCQ and younger sister Ces. In 2004, they released their first and only release to date; the album features a compilation of unreleased and re-released tracks recorded during the original UTD run. In 1996, Mos Def emerged as a solo artist and worked with De La Soul and Da Bush Babees, before he released his own first single, "Universal Magnetic" in 1997. Mos Def formed the rap group Black Star with Talib Kweli; the duo released an album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, in 1998.
Produced by Hi-Tek, the album featured the singles "Respiration" and "Definition", which both reached in the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Mos Def released his solo debut album Black on Both Sides in October 1999 through Rawkus; the single "Ms. Fat Booty" charted, while the album reached #25 on the Billboard 200. Around this time he contributed to the Scritti Politti album Anomie & Bonhomie. In January 2002, Rawkus Records was taken over by Geffen Records, which released his second solo album The New Danger in October 2004, it included contributions by Shuggie Otis and Bernie Worrell, Doug Wimbish, Will Calhoun as the Black Jack Johnson Band. The album reached # 5 on the Billboard 200; the single "Sex, Love & Money" charted, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Mos Def's final solo album for Geffen Records, titled True Magic, was released in 2006. On November 7, 2007, Mos Def performed live in San Francisco at The Mezzanine venue; the performance was recorded for an upcoming "Live in Concert" DVD.
During the event, he announced. He performed a number of new tracks. Producer and fellow Def Poet Al Be Back revealed; the album was released on June 9, 2009. Mos Def appears alongside Kanye West on the track "Two Words" from The College Dropout album, the track "Drunk And Hot Girls" and the bonus track "Good Night" off West's third major album, Graduation. In 2002, he released the 12" single Fine, featured in the Brown Sugar Motion Picture Soundtrack. Mos Def appears on the debut album from fellow New Yorkers Apollo Heights on a track titled, "Concern". In October, he signed a deal with Downtown Records and appeared on a remix to the song "D. A. N. C. E." By Justice. He appeared on Stephen Marley's debut album Mind Control on the song "Hey Baby". In 2009, he worked with Somali-Canadian rapper K'naan to
Hanover School Division is a public administrative body located in southeastern Manitoba, responsible for the management of public schools in the Rural Municipality of Hanover, City of Steinbach, Town of Niverville, the community of Landmark in the Rural Municipality of Tache. The division operates under the direction of a board of 10 elected trustees representing six wards, its offices are located in the third largest city in Manitoba. The Hanover School Division was created by the provincial government as part of a major overhaul of Manitoba's public education system in the 1960s. Two new schools were completed in 2012 and 2013 respectively. One new middle school, Clearspring Middle School with a capacity for about 800 students, built on the east side of Steinbach. A new high school was be built on the site of the Steinbach Regional Secondary School and adding it to the original building expanding the school's capacity; these two new schools were announced as part of the federal deficit spending in 2009 and as a response to the waves of new immigrants attending school.
Many schools in the area are filled to capacity and are using temporary structures to house and educate students. As of late 2016, the latest round of new schools include a new 400 seat 9-12 high school, a 650-seat k-4 elementary school, a new school for New Bothwell, a new 480 seat k-4 elementary school in Steinbach. List of school districts in Manitoba Hanover School Division Website
Lake Elmore is a 219-acre lake located in and named after Elmore, Vermont. The lake is located northwest of Elmore, it drains into the Lamoille River through Elmore Pond Brook at the northern end; the lake has had a problem with milfoil, there are several fundraisers every year to help the Milfoil Foundation, which uses the money to pay for the milfoil's extraction. The park had its beginning in 1936 when the town of Elmore and local citizens made a gift of 30 acres on Lake Elmore to the state of Vermont. With modest means, a picnic and beach area were created. Today, with more than 700 acres, Elmore State Park has become a popular, developed recreation facility. According to the Vermont Department of Forests and Recreation, the town calls itself "The Beauty Spot of Vermont."