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July 10, 2017

Kansas City's Roy Scott Creating Positive Hip Hop with H3TV

MOSourceLink: entrepreneur Roy Scott of H3TV in Kansas City

Without a good support system and guidance, rap became Roy Scott’s influence as a Kansas City high school student. Following graduation, he forfeited further education and sports opportunities to become a rapper. Fast forward several years as he overheard his 4 year old son singing his songs. “I learned hard and fast that everything I do affects others and reflects on me.” Instead of the negative connotations associated with typical hip hop music, Roy revised his plan to create a positive culture around the popular music style. “H3” Healthy Hip Hop was born, a new genre of children’s music focused on youth empowerment, education, health and wellness.

With an idea and a vision, Roy met child entertainer, Reggie Gray, at the Schools First Conference, established to discuss educational programming in Kansas City. The event inspired Roy and Reggie to form H3TV in 2012, combining their music with live entertainment to inspire and uplift children.

While revenue is a typical issue for entrepreneurs, Roy was also tasked with learning to run a business. Early business highlights included partnering with the LeBron James Family Foundation and appearing on Shark Tank. “We had high hopes to create a children’s television show, but it wasn’t meant to be. We were devastated, but it ended up being the best thing to happen.” Reggie and Roy restructured their business to create digital educational programs.

The Kauffman FastTrak progam and a grant from Digital Sandbox helped them move forward. They were also selected to participate in the Pipeline Entrepreneurs program. “The joy of being an entrepreneur comes from all the great people we meet and the willingness to help one another. It’s also very satisfying how children respond to our programs.”

Roy adds, “Entrepreneurship is a test of fortitude. While something may look like a pitfall, the experience will take you to greater heights. Hold on to your vision and keep pushing through adversity.”

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Post provided by Kris Edens, a copywriting and blogging resource for small business. She resides in Festus, Missouri and enjoys networking, writing and the entrepreneurial community.

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