Sunday, September 13, 2009

NWSF Exclusive: Intelligence Over Ignorance Campaign

Concerned that President Obama's recent speech on the value of education may not have resonated with the Hip Hop generation, a NC activist has launched a campaign that targets "ignorant rap."Durham minister and activist, Paul Scott has just started "Intelligence Over Ignorance," ( as an effort to counter the anti-intellectualism found in most of today's commercial Hip Hop.

Scott says that for the last 15 years there has been a concerted effort on the part of the music industry to dumb down African American children.This is especially crucial as many school systems are trying to find ways to close the educational gap between African American students and their peers."We will never be able to close the educational gap until we close the mouths of some of these rappers," says Scott. As part of the campaign, Scott is urging the community to ostracize rappers who promote "mentally challenged music" and replace them with those who inspire children to grow, intellectually.

Scott is a minister activist and author of the blog, No Warning Shots . He first gained national attention in 1998 with a successful boycott of Phat Boy Malt Liquor. in 2003, He led a protest against Hip Hop star Nelly's "Pimp Juice" energy drink. For more information contact (919) 451-8283 or or visit the website