By Kevin Lavi
On April 27 and 28 Harvard University will be hosting “The LA Riots: Twenty Years Later Conference,” and rapper and producer David Banner is scheduled to make an appearance. The purpose of the conference is to look back at the LA riots, and to see where we as a society are at today as a result of the riots. The Conference will include leading scholars, activists, and artists examining the riots and how they reflect on discrimination and democracy today.
The rapper/producer will be joining Henry Louis Gates Jr. and panelists from Harvard University, New York University, Temple University, and more. Banner, who has been extremely vocal about black social issues, will be discussing his opinion on the safety of black youth and the legislations he believes to be necessary to help keep black youth safe in America.
Banner had this to say about his impending appearance at Harvard:
“I am honored to have the opportunity to speak at Harvard…it is vital that we talk about what we can do to better ourselves and our communities; now and for the next 20 years. The people of America, especially our youth, have the power to be heard; to change legislation and positively impact our culture for generations to come.”
Banner has been in headlines recently with the announcement of his upcoming mixtape , Sex, Drugs and Videogames. The album, which will include guest appearances from artists such as Chris Brow, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, Big K.R.I.T., and 2 Chainz will be available as a free download from livemixtapes.com.