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Black ER Surgeon Making a Difference for At Risk Youth

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It’s people not government that can change their communities and Dr. Anthony Atkins is a stellar example of an individual making a difference in Toledo, Ohio.

Dr. Atkins, an emergency room doctor, is improving his community by educating and mentoring at risk youth through hip hop music.

Thankfully, Dr. Atkins’ hard work is paying off.


TOLEDO — A south Toledo family doctor is using hip hop music to educate his patients on sex, drugs and violence.

Many of Dr. Anthony Atkins’ patients are just teenagers but they tell him tales of their dangerous lifestyles.

Six years ago, Dr. Atkins formed a rap group called Lifestoryz. The group explores anti-drugs and anti-violence themes. Their first album gained so much popularity that Dr. Atkins appeared on a national news program and the group opened up for Common.

Now, a new project is underway—a music video, part of which will be produced right here in Toledo. Atkins says the group will be expressing a similar message with new music.

Tom and I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Atkins a year ago at an event in Ohio and facilitated his interview on the Fox Business Network, where he appeared on “Stossel” with host John Stossel.

Let’s hope Dr. Atkins’ passion to mentor at risk youth will inspire others to play a role in their communities.

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Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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