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T.I. Compares Gun Violence To Apple Pie

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The debate over gun control is a controversial issue that has rocked our nation, and now Black Hollywood is stepping out to make a change.

During the BET Experience, the League of Young Voters, the organization behind the “No Guns Allowed” initiative, and their Executive Director Dr. Rob “Biko” Baker held a panel to talk about gun violence and how it affects our society.

Snoop Lion, T.I. director Ryan Coogler, and other community thought-leaders sat on the panel and weighed in on the sensitive subject.

T.I, who served jail time back in 2009 for possession of firearms, was candid in how he feels about the controversial issue. “The country that we live in has made gun violence as American as apple pie,” T.I. explained.

“Gun violence has been here before I got here, and we tryin’ to do what we can to see to it that it will be lessened, if not banished by the time I leave,” the rapper added.

Snoop Lion, who helped inspire the “No Guns Allowed” initiative, also spoke openly about his past issues with gun violence. “I’ve been one to promote and glamorize gun violence and glamorizing the negativity of it for so long, now I’m just at a point where I’m tired of it,” the Reincarnated rapper shared.

“My power has always been to push it the wrong way, and now I’m going to push it the right way,” Snoop said.

For more on the “No Guns Allowed” initiative, check out http://nogunsallowedmovement.tumblr.com/

Check out what T.I. and Snoop had to say below:

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The Good, Bad And Ug… Less Flattering At The NAACP Image Awards

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This year, the NAACP Image Awards were held on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As we all know, Dr. King had a dream, and for many on the red carpet it was a dream come true. But unfortunately, there were some nightmares … fashion nightmares.

Here’s our list of then stars who were hot and those who left us bothered. First, let’s start with the hot…

Halle Berry – Getty Images

And it doesn’t get hotter than Halle Berry showing half her body. Ms. Berry slayed in this Reem Acra gown reminding then youngin’s that she’s still got it.

Storm Reid – Getty Images

And speaking of youngin’s A Wrinkle In Time star Storm Reid may be relatively new to the game, but she showed up on the carpet looking like a vet in this adorable Yanina number.

Yara Shahidi – Getty Images

Yara Shahidi also showed up serving #BlackGirlMagic in this beautiful Vera Wang dress.

Kerry Washington – Getty Images

And Kerry Washington killed it, also wearing black, in this Michael Kors stunner.

But as we know, with the good comes the bad, and the bad this time around came courtesy…

Danielle Brooks, we love our Orange Is The New Black boo, but this Michael Costello look just didn’t work for her.

Ava DuVernay – Getty Images

We also love Ava DuVernay, but unfortunately this Greta Constatine jumpsuit didn’t have us jumping for joy.

Lil Mama – Getty Images

Lil Mama left us wanting more in this navy blue feathery frock … actually it may be her hair that left us disappointed.

LeToya Luckett – Getty Images

And adding to our disappointment was Letoya Luckett wearing a purple gown that had scallops and bows and slits … oh my!

Do you agree with our hots and nots?

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