“Gela is really cool because it is who I am. Gela is my skin name…” In this edition, hip-hop superstar Danzal Baker talks about family, language and his new album Gela, which tells his story: “I thought about living in two worlds… The Fresh Prince of Arnhem Land living in the city, and the Yolngu man living in Arnhem Land. In a way you can see one side is Baker Boy and one side is Danzal.”
Shane has been a guest speaker with The Big Issue Classroom since 2011. He has spoken to many schools across Melbourne and Victoria, and enjoys sharing his story with others.
“When I first started I was really shy and found it really difficult to talk to big groups. Talking to students and selling the magazine has brought me out of my shell.
“I’ve now got a lot more confidence. I’m not as isolated anymore. I can now talk to people more easily, and know more people in the community.
“I enjoy this more than any other job I’ve had. The interaction with students is amazing. I love to see their reactions when they learn about homelessness. Kids come up to me weeks or months later and ask how I’m going – I can see the message is getting through.”