TACT is delighted to announce that Solomon O.B – rapper, poet, and 2016 Hammer & Tongue National Poetry Slam Champion, has become an Ambassador for the charity.
Solomon O.B. is himself a former foster child, having been taken into care with his brother Sam and sister Anu when they were all babies. And his winning Slam Championship poem –Unorthodox Beginnings, is a celebration of his positive experience of being fostered and a moving tribute to his foster parents.
Solomon said: “I was honestly a bit overwhelmed when I was asked to be an ambassador for TACT. It’s a big honour but I plan to do the role justice. I really want to provide a strong example for kids in care and change perceptions around what it means to come from the care system. It doesn’t have to be a limiting factor.”
Solomon has kicked off his ambassadorship by performing at a TACT Children’s Champions event where he met young people in care who get together several times a year to share their experiences and help shape TACT’s range of services for children and young people. One foster child aged 15 summed up meeting Solomon as “really inspiring”.
Andy Elvin CEO of TACT said: “Not only is Solomon an incredible talent, he is a lovely man, and a shining example of the power and effectiveness of foster care. There are thousands of young people just as wonderful, able and talented as Solomon in foster care and TACT want the public to understand that the bad news stories are not who foster children are”
Solomon remains close to his foster parents Victor and Patricia Brooker who he calls ‘nan’ and ‘grandad’ and he adopted their surname as a Christmas present.
He said: “If we weren’t different skin colours you would have no idea we weren’t related. They showed us the same level of love and affection and pure dedication to raising us as they would their own children.”
Solomon plans to work with TACT to inspire looked after children and young people to achieve their goals and to eradicate the stigma attached to being in care. As Solomon explains in his poem – children and young people in care ‘are not mistakes on pages but awesome novels with unorthodox beginnings.’
You can see a video that Solomon has recorded especially for TACT about his experience of being fostered.
For interviews, photos and further information please contact Laura Luxton, Communications lead at TACT on 0208 695 8133, or 07977411831 (out of hours) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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