Lupe Fiasco is giving a group of recent male high school graduates a taste of reality. The rapper spoke to the group of young African-American men at what was billed as a “Mass Black Male Graduation and Transition to Manhood” ceremony over the weekend at Chicago State University.
According to the “Chicago Sun-Times,” Fiasco told the recent grads they still have a lot of work ahead of them, explaining to them that they have just “graduated from one of the most terrible, substandard school systems in the entire world.” Because of the low quality of their education, Lupe said the young men would still have to earn their manhood. The rapper says that their manhood is “one of the last things” they can control, adding that “manhood is connected to humanity.”
He also encouraged the teens to stay off the streets. In addition to speaking at the event, Lupe also donated $100 for each of the 150 graduates who showed up at the event.
The event was organized by the Black Star Project – a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging African-American males to seek higher education.
Apart from the rapper, other speakers included local “elders,” such as doctors, lawyers, businessmen and politicians.