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Becoming Professor X: Mia Young takes hip-hop to a new degree

Mia Young is a superhero. Known by most as Mia X, her origin story isn’t rooted in one cataclysmic event, but a lifetime of breaking and remaking the rules and doing the improbable. Born and raised in the 7th Ward of New Orleans, Young was the first woman rapper signed to Master P’s No Limit Records at a time when female emcees were a rarity. Her landmark 1998 album, “Mama Drama,” went double platinum. At the height of her musical career, this wonder woman decided to go full-time Diana Prince so she could focus on raising her family. She is an actress, activist and has used her platform to help the homeless in New Orleans. Young is also a chef, whose sublime “Creole Soul” cooking is legendary. Her memoir and cookbook, “Things My Grandma Told Me, Things My Grandma Showed Me,” is a poignant and bawdy book of wisdom and recipes.

— Read on nola.verylocal.com/becoming-professor-x-mia-young-takes-hip-hop-to-a-new-degree/96229/

Where you can catch up with Mia X

Mia’s class will be performing at Tipitina’s on Dec. 5 at Loyola’s Uptown Threauxdown, which will feature the Loyola Music Department.

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Native of New Orleans, who endured 20yrs cruel Minnesota Cold, I decided at 42yrs old it was time to pack up my then 6yr old and come back to my roots. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a preterm 2lb baby girl born with a disability. With the help of my mother who had her own struggles. We survived the obstacles laid before us. I'm the proud mother of three children with two failed adoptions, as well as a grandmother of three, two grandsons and a granddaughter. I survived two abusive marriages. I successfully ran a soulfood restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I started creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul.  He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute.  I put my all into my cake business over the years as House of Cakes was started right out of my house in honor of him. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, foster/adoptive mother at that, being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me in a sense; but most of it poisoned my heart and soul. I had a broken heart and I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home,  myself, my New Orleans. I'm here and I'm loving it. Even being in the so called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up! I'm down in the boot, but I know I have a nice floppy hat awaiting my destiny...

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