By// Quassan Castro
The leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year old African Americans is homicide. Violence by usage of a gun in African American communities plagued by poverty runs rampant. The high number of homicides in certain African American communities plagued by violence is enough to ignite nihilistic attitudes amongst the people in those communities.
Yet in order to heal our communities we have to start somewhere. As a response to the growing number of gun violence incidents, the League of Young Voters Education Fund (LYVEF), Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg) and BET Networks announce a partnership to further address the issue of gun violence in black communities across the country. The League of Young Voters Education Fund was inspired to start a no guns allowed grassroot campaign, after listening to Snoop Lion’s song No Guns Allowed.
“No Guns Allowed” was written about a very personal incident with my family which I talk about in the Reincarnated documentary,” Snoop Lion says about his anti gun song that also features Drake and his daughter Cori B. “I’m proud the song has sparked a movement and I’m excited about collaborating with the League of Young Voters and BET to spread the message.”
On June 29, during the BET Experience in Los Angeles, CA, the League of Young Voters Education Fund, Snoop Lion and BET will host No Guns Allowed: Disarming Violence in Our Community, a roundtable dialogue on the impact of gun violence in urban communities. The NAACP Youth & College Division and Casey Family Programs were also enlisted to join the cause and sponsor the event. The roundtable discussion will also include Executive Director of the League of Young Voters, Dr. Rob “Biko” Baker, rapper T.I., Congresswoman Maxine Waters and other community leaders.
The discussion serves as a first step initiative to create dialogue and hopefully provide on-going solutions to the many reasons why gun violence is so prevalent in the African American communities and the steps we need to put forward in an effort to take back our communities from homicide.
Watch Snoop Lion as he addresses his stance on stopping the violence: