http://www.odalc.org - Community Leader: Goapele - Inspiration Awards 2011 produced by SHAUN TAI Films.
Goapele's South African father Douglas Mohlabane was an exiled political activist who struggled against the Apartheid System. Goapele's New York-born Israeli Jewish mother Noa had been attending protests since the age of 12. Noa attended Friends World College and was studying in Nairobi, Kenya, where she met and married Douglass. Goapele and her older brother DJ Namane Mohlabane were raised in a California South African exile community.
Both of her parents inspired Goapele to become very involved in community affairs at a young age. She attended the Berkeley (California) Arts Magnet School, where she led a pre-teen peer-support group. She also became involved in various groups and organizations that combated racism and sexism. In high school, she sang in the Oakland Youth Choir and became part of a music group called Vocal Motion. Upon high school graduation, she attended Boston's Berklee School of Music for a year and a half.
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