Mr. Pope is an inspirational rapper and reading teacher on the West Side of Chicago who writes music that reflects his experiences as a educator in the struggle for equity and equality. Buried within each song is pain, hope, and love, and the experiences that waken those emotions. His upcoming project titled "Who I Am: A Self Love Project" attempts to encourage young people to be resilient, to love themselves, and to define who they are on their own terms.

As an educator, Mr. Pope urges that students become immersed in positivity to combat negativity. The more students observe positive attitudes, images, and actions, and hear positive tones, responses, and music, the more likely they are to replicate those behaviors.