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Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels
One-third of the legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, one-third of the legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC helped pioneer a sound and image that to this day is referenced as anything and everything hip-hop. Having sold over 30 million singles and albums as part of Run-DMC, Darryl's name and image became synonymous with rap and popular culture.

At the age of 35 while working on his autobiography, he discovered from his mother that he had been adopted.

In 2006, McDaniels began a search for his birth mother, creating a documentary with VH1, "DMC: My Adoption Journey" which has been nominated for the 28th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

Darryl's adoption journey continues as he takes his experiences to the streets, creating and participating in charity and adoption organization events and initiatives. "All children, in orphanages, in foster-care and adopted need to know regardless of our situation...we are already great! We are the kings and queens of the universe."

His 2006 solo CD, Checks Thugs and Rock N' Roll includes the song Just Like Me a remake of Harry Chapin's Cat's in the Cradle he recorded with Sarah McLachlan. The song puts into words McDaniels' feelings about being adopted. He hopes that other adoptees or children in foster care can identify with him and know that they are not alone.

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09/16 - Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System

How well is the state’s public school system really performing?

One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.

“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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