In 2009, Bay Area filmmaker Kerri Gawryn teamed up with Beats Rhymes and Life to shed light on how some young people in Oakland are finding uplifting ways to cope with adversity and build power through Hip Hop. The film entitled, “A Lovely Day”, presents the lives of a group of teens from BRL as they embark on a journey of self-discovery and self empowerment. Set in the backdrop of Oakland, California, this independently produced film provides a touching reminder of the issues that many youth face every single day in urban settings across the country. The film chronicles the youth as they set out to make music that not only expresses their thoughts, but also builds a stronger community through widespread change and hope. The resiliency upheld by these teens' voices shows that they cannot be dismissed, that they are in fact some of our most important educators in a critical time of change.