Snoop and T.I. Address Gun Violence at the BET Experience

July 01, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

This year it’s more than an awards show; it’s a celebration of music, entertainment, and Black culture. Get ready for the BET Experience at L.A. Live: three days, six stages, and endless entertainment. We’ve got must-see performances, genius talks, interactive exhibits, and free giveaways. 

This passed weekend two artists who have dealt with gun violence personally, as well as in their music career have voiced their opinions in a “genius talk” on the issue our country has been facing for decades at the BET Experience.

T.I. and Snoop Lion joined a panel of six speakers including California U.S. Representative Maxine Waters.

It has been evident Snoop Lion is on a mission for positive change with his new image and latest installment “Reincarnated” that even features a track entitled “No Guns Allowed.” When Snoop was addressed with the question what exactly inspired him to support the cause against gun violence, he simply stated that he is fed up. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Snoop said, 

“Once I’ve seen, you know, public venues and little elementary schools being shot, you know, with innocent kids, it started to affect me to where it’s, like, this is not just a hood situation,” “This is an everyday situation. . . . And we need to address this.”

T.I. is no stranger to gun violence after 2009, pleading guilty to federal gun charges and serving time in prison. But before that, he still had a personal relationship with gun violence as he shared the tragic tale of him holding his best friend as he took his last breath. T.I. then said,

“I think we all need to hold one another accountable. As cool as we have made [guns] sound, anybody can do that. If I had it a different way, man, becoming a master of solutions, to observe a set of circumstances and say, ‘Ok, let me figure out a way without endangering myself, the community, or the other people involved in this set of circumstances. How can I find a logical, reasonable, peaceful resolution?'”

As the talk came to a close Rep. Waters praised the artists for their input and guidance,

“[The youth and public] won’t listen to us [older generations], but they’ll listen to you,”

Snoop concluded with hope,

“We’re trying to rid the world of violence one day at a time.”

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Stephanie is a senior Advertising and Public Relations & Multiplatform Journalism double major at Duquesne University expected to graduate in May 2014.

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