The Unauthorized Biography Series is a musical project that celebrates the world’s greatest cultural icons through biographical hip hop songs. Each chapter of the series captures the legacy of a positive and influential iconic figure in a documentary-style music video.
Live Your Legacy Academy
Our mission at Live Your Legacy Academy (LYLA) is to create dynamic educational presentations that integrate live musical performance, multimedia and motivational talks.
Bridging the gap between hip-hop culture and the world of personal development, we offer interactive workshops, keynotes, school assemblies and theater productions - all with empowering content that truly resonates with today’s youth culture.
The Unauthorized Biography Series is a celebration of greatness. As a youth speaker Shaun Boothe has created this series not just to entertain and inform but to awaken the greatness within us all.
In his keynote/assembly presentations, Shaun performs a selection of his musical biographies (usually 3 to 4 bio songs in a 1hr presentation), and then he explores the life lessons we can all learn from these icons.
Half TED Talk, half live concert, Shaun uses music, multimedia and motivation to deliver powerful and transformative messaging in a way that truly sticks.
Some themes include leadership, success strategies, overcoming fears and challenges, transitioning, diversity and equity, the power of acknowledgement, redefining masculinity, and more.
Interactive workshops are also available to compliment full presentations.
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“His performance was very informative and refreshing. Shaun made sure to have everyone’s attention and hold it throughout the entire performance.”
Carrigan Desjardins (Vice President Student Life Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association)
“I would highly recommend Shaun as a guest speaker to challenge and empower our youth to be responsible and caring individuals”
Joan Tschernow (Cardinal Newman Catholic High School, Principal)
“Shaun brings a refreshing new light to older topics that the students really appreciate and more importantly can relate to. I personally recommend the Biography Series as it is a unique, refreshing and important approach to teaching students about influential and historically significant figures in our modern day lives.”
Eric Johnson (Peel Alternative School South, Teacher)
“The imagery and descriptions illustrated by Mr. Boothe’s lyrical ability not only captures the attention of the audience, but it stirs the creativity in the minds of young children.”
Sultan Rana (Donald Cousens Public School, teacher)
“Shaun’s ideas about identity and multiculturalism certainly made impressions on my students, and many actually went as far as to cite him in their final exam essays. I have tried time and again to get my students to consider the value of historical knowledge and interest beyond simply writing historical essays. Shaun’s videos presented this idea better than I ever could have.”
Jason Hawkins (Crestwood Preparatory College, History Teacher)
"Upper Canada College welcomed, for the first time in its 184 year history, a rapper onto its school grounds. Shaun Boothe was one of the [World Affairs] Conferene highlights, and because of the success of his performance the Executive Committee plans on bringing in a musical act to close next year as well.
Eric Tweel (UCC's online Arts Publication, 2013)
“To me, this seems to follow in Shaun’s messages of empowerment and also arming our vulnerable young communities with the knowledge of the great leaders who have come before them and the struggles they have gone through which of course is necessary in order to have a clear understanding of where you are headed. What is so critical about the work that Shaun is doing is that the information he is sharing is couched in a relevant form of media that young people are not only open to, but searching for.”
Gavin Sheppard (The Remix Project, Executive Director)
“I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world." – Tupac Shakur
Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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McAninch Arts Center
Glen Ellyn, IL
South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
South Milwaukee, WI
Salt Lake Community College
Feb 5 - 6
Lone Tree Performing Arts
Lone Tree, CO
Everett Community College
Green River College
Spokane Falls Community College
March 19th - 20th
South Orange Performing Arts Center
South Orange, NJ
I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” - Muhammad Ali
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