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Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center holds fundraising concert

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The goal of the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center in Leimert Park is to provide free music education for kids all year round. But that costs money. On Thursday, a fundraising concert was held to make some.

With confidence, determination and talent, inner-city students sing and dance, raising dollars one number at a time.

"Just to get out of the inner-city to come over here so we can get a lot of people to support what we do, this is my craft," said Earl Williams.

Fernando Pullum, the man behind the program, wants Williams and hundreds of other kids in South Los Angles to keep having the opportunity to learn about the arts.

Both my parents were drug addicts. It doesn't matter what race you are. It doesn't matter your economic status. If you have talent or if you're willing to work extremely hard, you can be successful. So that's what I'm trying to give back," said Pullum.

Student Jazlyn Miller says she appreciates the free classes.

"Fernando, without him, it would be pretty hard, because he opens up his classes and it's free. Most places that you go are not free," said Miller.

Professional performers are there for free, including hip hop pioneer Doug E. Fresh. For the pros, such as R&B star Kelly Price, this was an evening of giving back.

"The one message I want them to know and that I tell people everywhere I go is where you start is not where you have to finish," said Price.

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