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Activist, author Boyce Watkins speaks to Grambling students

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Activist and author Boyce Watkins told the audience at GSU that for some black males they live in communities where it is easier “for a black male to get a gun than to get a quality education.”

Activist and author Boyce Watkins challenged hundreds of Grambling State University students to think for themselves, to respect women and to push aside eight damaging messages in some of today’s hip hop music.

During a Constitution Day event in the T.H. Harris Auditorium Tuesday, Watkins said though he enjoys much of today’s music, it worries him that so much of the music encourages negative actions and perspectives. He said some of the most popular music says black men should drink, smoke, “have sex with everything walking,” carry a gun at all times, be proud if you’re ignorant, don’t save money when you get it, gain a badge of honor by going to prison and never respect women for any reason.

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