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Dr. Dre announced before the release of his latest album, Compton, that he would be donating his artist royalties to help fund a youth and performing arts center in Compton.

The rapper has been working hand in hand with the city’s mayor, Aja Brown, who said in a statement that she is ” honored that Mr. [Andre] Young has decided to make a significant investment in his community,”

Brown continued, “He clearly has a heart for Compton, especially our youth. I believe this performing arts center will provide a pathway for creative expression, exposure and training to the myriad of industries that support arts, entertainment and technology—while providing a much-needed safe haven for our youth. Children in urban communities suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome in higher proportions than veterans and they need therapeutic outlets, which arts and drama has proven to provide. Compton is a special place and I believe this center will harness our ingenuity and transform our community from within for generations to come. I think it’s critical to note that people are not entitled to give. Entitlement is a disease that cripples empowerment. The key to harnessing investment is viability and return on investment. We look forward to working with Dr. Dre and his team to develop an amazing place for our community.”

Dre released his long awaited album on Friday, which includes 16 songs and features by Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott, Eminem, Ice Cube, the Game and of course, Snoop Dogg.

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  1. Helenofreims

    October 16, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Publicity something wrong, economically, L.A is what called “Silicon Beach” technology companies and petroleum capital of west coast. Mention industries and logistics going say this many of gang members actually have talent there insecure behavior racism deterring. Compton” growth how, LADEC,SCELLC,NAIOP,SCAG and CAANET support “The Ellis Act” evictions low income you’ll read irrelevant are you sure Blacks need identify the damage if not. L.A going displace those not chosen Dre. donated to USC not HBSB” well mayor Brown trying change spectrum this not concert building revenue industries. Mayor Brown hold (forums) LADEC and CALED answer take industries outside of “Compton” why connotations of crime if you mind. Doubt me Dre only donating dismal amount which is tax exemption a joke “community center” Dre going make millions commercial real estate downtown. Master Jimmy and friends readers affluent Black men elated there successful not assisting fair housing in L.A county whom? Victor MacFarland, Don Pebbles,Quinton Primo and Earvin “Magic” Johnson of Canyon/Johnson Urban fund LLC worth billions these men friends of NAIOP. Laugh write mayor Brown not sitting around with frown expensive gown need repeal damage of gangs L.A.D.A Jackie Lacey eager hand out warrants to gangs!
    Urbanize L.A,Curbed L.A,Biznow,DesignBoom,L.Adowntownews,Archpaper and
    NYCYIMBY (forums) L.A developments gentrification is about money not color!
    Apple Inc. can’t provide jobs fair diversity to Black engineers guess you don’t give a damn others go ahead achieve goals never Blacks what ever! “Zionist own you!

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