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|AR the Inspiration|
AR the Inspiration discussing gun violence with journalist from Cal State East Bay Newspaper "The Pioneer"
|Birth name||Arthur Renowitzky|
|Born||1987 (age 26–27)
Minot, North Dakota
|Genres||Hip hop, Rap|
|Occupations||Motivational Speaker, Rapper, Actor, Activist|
Arthur Renowitzky (born 1987), known by his stage name AR the Inspiration, is an accomplished hip-hop artist, Activist, and Actor. He was born on an air force base in Minot, North Dakota due to his father being in the military. He spent most of his years growing up in San Leandro, California, a small city just south of Oakland. He dedicates his lyrics to the dangers of gun violence. He has recorded many records and has collaborated with many of today's most known Bay Area rap artists. Currently, AR's video to the songs "Smile" "Dreaming of Walking" "Life Ain't Easy" "I'm Thankful" "Don't Take My Shine" can been seen on regular rotation on the famed music video program CMC. He became and innocent victim of senseless gun violence and as a result he is now paralyzed. He has dreams of walking again and works hard at making that a reality. Check out his latest music video "Dreaming Of Walking" on YouTube. He cites, "Never give up and keep it pushing". Arthur has appeared on national television, on radio stations, he speaks frequently to juvenile hall incarcerated youth, high schools, he has been a key note speaker at numerous events and is now well known in Hollywood for his music and unforgettable inspiring story. He is an advocate against gun violence and runs his own non profit organization named Life Goes On.
Arthur is the executive director and founder of Life Goes On Foundation (LGO) a nonpolitical/nonprofit organization working in the Bay Area to help bring an end to gun violence amongst youth. Arthur founded LGO in 2007 after he was shot point blank outside of a San Francisco night club by an unknown assailant, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. The shooter took $20 from Arthur and a $15 tin chain. The shooter was never found. In recognition of his work, Arthur was named a Home Town hero by the Bay Area News Group for the summer of 2009 and also received a citation of appreciation from the Oakland Mayoral Council Against Violence that same year. Additionally, Arthur has interviewed with over 50 different media outlets where he discussed his role in ending gun violence. Arthur has also presented his ‘story’ to over 130 high schools and middle schools, as well as juvenile halls, disciplinary camps, Boys & Girls Club(s), YMCA, Oakland City Hall, churches and many hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. It is estimated that Arthur has addressed over 100,000 youth on the dangers of gun violence and how they must have the strength to be good citizens and find positive ways to overcome their life obstacles. As Arthur often says “If I can get one kid, just one, to hear my story about how senseless gun violence damaged me but how I overcame this life obstacle with no remorse or need for revenge – and that kid decides to play sports, volunteer or anything besides picking up a gun, I HAVE DONE MY JOB!”
- Kurhi, Eric (August 10, 2009). "From his wheelchair, San Leandro shooting victim strives to change youth gun culture", Oakland Tribune. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
Arthur cites American inspirational public figures like Martin Luther King Jr., Pauley Perrette, Michael Jordan, Eminem, Steve Jobs, Nas, Lupe Fiasco, Jay-Z and 2Pac as major influences, with 2Pac being his biggest. He stated: "There are many others, but those are the ones that come to mind at this time. Those public figures and artists are basically the template to my format as an Artist. They all capture me with their contribution to the world, whether it be the music, acting, vibe, delivery, cadence, entrepreneurship or just their inspiring personal story."