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A Challenge for the Hip Hop Generation

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist | 7/18/2014, 12:28 p.m.

By 2020, the Department of Energy’s goal is to have 1 million new STEM graduates and 100,000 new teachers in STEM education. We need to immediately begin preparing our children by removing the barriers to success.  Our children have to upgrade their math and writing skills as well as stay out of the criminal justice system to reap the benefits of these great paying jobs that will require as little as a two year degree to make over $50,000 a year.

For the sake of Hip Hop, I believe we have all continued to support the lifestyle in one form or another knowing the direction has been tainted. For those of us wwho have fought so hard for Hip Hop, it’s hard to turn around and fight against it.  But part of our responsibility is to admit when we are wrong.  Words have transcending power and we can not ignore the effects this has had on our children and our culture as a whole.  All we have to do is pledge to use our power to influence success in areas where it is needed.  Why limit ourselves to negative images and tough talk, when can expand our reach and be change agents.

Jineea Butler, founder of the Social Services of Hip Hop and the Hip Hop Union is a Hip Hop Analyst who investigates the trends and behaviors of the community and delivers programming that solves the Hip Hop Dilemma. She can be reached at jineea@gmail.com or Tweet her at @flygirlladyjay