Should Rapper Gucci Mane Talk to Middle School Kids for Career Day?

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Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane attended Career Day at Crawford Long MIddle School to address the children.

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How would you feel about self-proclaimed “Trap King” Gucci Mane speaking to your children about their career options? Would you believe he’s relatable because he’s revered as a celebrity and children tend to idolize celebrities? Or would you be angry because he isn’t the kind of public figure you’d consider to be an ideal role model?

Gucci Mane has been in and out of prison for as long as he has been in the media. At one point, a judge even considered him to be mentally challenged and summoned him to a mental health facility. The rapper made headlines again when he got a large ice cream cone tattooed on his face. No one knows exactly what the rapper discussed with the children, but most people are in agreement that he may not have been the best pick for the task.

Nearly three years ago, parents at Woodland Middle School in Stockbridge, Georgia, were outraged when rapper T.I. — also a convicted felon — was invited to address their children. When the school’s principal, Terry Oatts, received emails complaining about the rapper’s appearance, he replied: “I thought about asking a guy who snorted cocaine and got arrested for DUI when he was 30 to come and speak to our kids, but President George W. Bush was not available.”

How do you feel about children receiving words of encouragement from rappers with a criminal history?



  1. Kevin

    February 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    There are instances where inviting a ‘Reformed’ Convicted Felon to speak with youth may be the best ideal, however, if that person glorifies the lifestyle that made them famous, rich..gangsta
    They deserve to be barred until they renounce that past lifestyle.

    The question is how and who will determine when a former felon is allowed to enter our childs room and speak?

  2. Akbar

    February 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    As long as his language is clean. Definitely no N word or B word. Talk about whats going on withing not without. The grass withers the flower fades… you need a better testimony than what I got now!

  3. Ken Bright

    February 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Sure, it depends what he talks about and what the children know about his life style. I’m familiar with him. But, if its contrary to what he talk about. Can be dangerous and foolish for him because children will see the lie.

  4. craig garner

    February 5, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Former convicted felons should NOT be invited to speak to the children on Career day because is sends the wrong message e.g. the is no penalty for going to jail and life goes on. Plus there are plenty of other upstanding hard working men and women who can provide a more viable wholesome image to emulate. I have spoke to over a thousand students regarding careers in information technology and loved doing it. But there should be a price to pay for getting on the wrong side of the law. Our children need the highest role models they and see with the most diverse careers. Some careers aren’t really careers but lifestyles that flame out after five or six years. I’ve been in this business for over thirty years.

  5. t_99

    February 5, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Sorry, but I wouldn’t want Gucci Mane speaking to my sons on Career Day. With a little leg work, the PTA could have found others to participate. Further, the Black community has other role models besides atheletes and rappers. Fewer of our kids will strive to be scientists, entrepeneurs, government officials and business leaders, etc so long as all we present to them are professional atheletes and entertainers as role models.

  6. Pastor Ray

    February 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    It depends on the message He is bringing. If its a message of Faith, reform and how to avoid the pit falls that Trapped him, then that’s a good message and the appropriate messenger. After all God used a donkey…

  7. Reallynow

    February 5, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Only if these individuals have turned their life into a positive…then I can see them as speakers who are encouraging children and youth to avoid their pitfalls and how they overcame. Also that just because they are alive to tell their story doesn’t mean others have survived their negative lifestyles.

  8. marcus davis

    February 6, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I thought about this for a moment ,there are some valid points being made here regarding as to why this rapper should be advising school kids about their career options,but to me the bottomline is that i don,t think rappers like him have no business being in a class room advising young children in terms of what they want to do after they graduate.They could have gotten more positive role models,doctors,firemen,lawyers,if they had to get someone from entertainment how bout a Jazz musician? someone who is schooled or knows what the essence of real music is?Most rappers don,t even have the basic fundamentals of music.Rappers already have too much negative influence on the younger generation as it is.

  9. Miz Rose

    February 6, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I do not know what Gucci Mane spoke about but lets just hope it was a postive message to encourage students to stay in school and not in jail.

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