Snoop Dogg, partnering with krumper Tommy the Clown, has created  C.L.O.U.T. (Changing Lives One Youth at a Time). The foundations aim is…

Snoop Dogg, partnering with krumper Tommy the Clown, has created  C.L.O.U.T. (Changing Lives One Youth at a Time). The foundations aim is…

provide a creative and social outlet for at-risk youth in order to help avoid the misplaced creative energy which too often results in gang violence, crime, and abuse.

The first event organized by C.L.O.U.T. is a monthly Battle Night, held at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College’s Grand Theater and hosted by Tommy the Clown. Battle Night allows young people to compete and showcase their individual talents before an audience of their peers. Youth are encouraged to express themselves through drama, dance, song, poetry or comedy. Geared toward youngsters from middle to high school from the LA area (with a focus on the underserved communities), Battle Night promotes a positive and self-affirming lifestyle for kids by developing and showcasing their diverse artistic talents.

The partnership has a personal meaning to Snoop. "As a youth’" he said,"I had
one teacher who really pushed me to be the best and gave me an outlet to
really feel like I could be somebody and I became successful partly
because of his belief in me. I want to give that to the kids so they know
there is more to life than the street hustle or crime. I have been friends
with Tommy the Clown for years and see what he has done for so many people;
this partnership is very important to me."

Tommy the Clown agrees, "I am honored to partner with Snoop and establish an
opportunity for the kids in our community. When you have clout, you have
strong influence. I believe the clout both Snoop and I have will help
influence these kids to make some positive decisions about their future."

In addition to C.L.O.U.T., Tommy the Clown is preparing for his first
National workshop tour. The tour will give both children and adults the rare
opportunity to study with the master of Krump and experience his incredibly
positive presence and impeccable technique. The timing for the workshop tour
could not be better, as this once little-known dance form has quickly
captured the dance world’s spotlight and, more importantly, the hearts of
people across the country from all walks of life.

For a documentary on the "Rize" of Tommy the Clown click here.

Originally posted 2009-08-21 15:00:38.