Speaking at the
National Press Club in Washington, D.C. yesterday, Minister Louis Farrakhan
called upon rappers to be "messengers of good," and to focus on using
their celebrity to bring forth change.
his recent tour of the Middle East & Africa, as well as the current war
climate in the world, Farrakhan told the media in attendance "These young
men & women are messengers. Young people are not politically sophisticated
but through rap they could be."
Farrakhan was present
at the East Coast and West Coast hip-hop summits that were held in the past
year and has made his support of rappers widely known. "I spoke to members
of the hip hop culture, which is the deplored by some. Rappers can be messengers
of filth and negativity, or they can be messengers of good."