Lawrence Grandpre

Lawrence Grandpre


Young Black men are notorious for having the unrealistic expectation that they will make it out the hood by becoming rap superstars. The ubiquitous images of rappers with Benzes and Bling funneled through BET and the adulation heaped upon these rappers by many radio stations creates an environment where young people see these rappers as the epitome of what it means to “make it” in America.

Baltimore's biggest black festival served as a militarized tool to recruit soldiers for the armed forces and voters for the mayor.

“[The black man] is the one who, on the American scene, has been the persecuted. He is, in truth, the American ‘Jew?’ ”
   -Rabbi Allan Miller

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