Monday, March 9, 2009 | 8:39am
T.I. Hits Bump In ‘Road To Redemption.’ Stonewalled at Brooklyn School
NYC School Officials prevent MTV camera frenzy in Middle School. Good for them!
Friday, New York City School officials gave T.I. and the crew of his MTV reality show “T.I.’s Road to Redemption,” the stiff arm at the door forcing the rapper to cancel his trip to a Brooklyn middle school.
Department of Education spokeswoman Margie Feinberg said the visit was too “commercial” a venture to be allowed in Crown Heights’ Middle School of the Arts.
In the rappers latest act of public penance for his felony gun conviction, T.I. would have spent the day mentoring students to avoid the wrong path. The cancellation reportedly disappointed students, parents and faculty who said they were looking forward to meeting the entertainer.
“We’re very excited about his visit if it’s going to help the children do positive things with their lives,” Principal Susan Hobson-Ransom said.
“It’s a positive spin on a negative situation,” said Seth Byrd, 31, whose son Daniel Jefferson is in sixth grade.
Oh well! I for one was somewhat looking forward to seeing the show as the middle school was my neighborhood school growing up in Crown Heights. I know many of my friends that attended that school back in the 80′s so it would have been nice to see it immortalized on MTV.
However, I think the NYC Department of Education took a stand and in essence said they didn’t want to be a part of T.I. PR charade parade. I honestly don’t blame them. Yes T.I. is doing “positive” things but who can be sure of his motivation? Reduced sentence? Improved Public Image? All at the expense of very at-risk youth in America’s ghettos. Its easy to use your celebrity to become a positive role model when you’re up against a bid but its when it comes from the heart instead of the courts that the message is most powerful. While I respect what T.I.’s trying to do…lets see what the rapper and MTV has to say after he completes his bid.
Via: Daily News