by: Kacie Yearout Updated:
BOSTON - A Boston teacher's educational music video has been gaining attention from around the country.
Lovely Hoffman, a teacher at Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy in Dorchester, wrote a song and made a music video with the hope of teaching her students about self-confidence and natural beauty.
Hoffman has been a teacher for more than 10 years and said she's been seeing more self-esteem issues as social media continues to permeate our culture.
"There is a strong correlation between self-esteem and student achievement. As an educator, I believe it is my duty to not only ensure students are reaching their potential academically, but that they are also comfortable and confident in their own skin,” said Hoffman.
She wrote the song and made the video hoping to empower young women to love themselves. Hoffman is no newbie to songwriting - she acts, sings and writes songs in addition to teaching.
The song is titled "My Black is Beautiful" and it accompanies a self-esteem curriculum Hoffman developed and uses in the classroom with her seventh and eighth-grade students.
"The curriculum addresses the critical questions young girls of color must explore in order to truly embrace their beauty,” said Hoffman.
The YouTube video has dozens of comments of people praising the video's message.
Hoffman's hope is to impact women and show them not only their worth, but that talent can be used in a meaningful way.
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