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Bossip is holding it down in DC to give you all of the inauguration scoop. We recently caught up with Neyo, Gabrielle Union, Hill Harper and Monica to ask them: ‘What do you want to see change in the African American Community in 2009?” Peep the answers when you…
Neyo: I want us to stop playing to the stereotypes that people have about us. Stereotypes come from what people see. If you don’t show them, then they have no reason to assume that you’re that.
Gabrielle Union: I want education to be a number one priority. You can see how it pays off in our community with our president. I don’t want to say that he’s overeducated, but he pulled himself up by his bootstraps and he didn’t let his socioeconomic status hold him back. He’s just been an amazing inspiration for people who actually value education and look where it can get you. So, I’d love to see education become a top priority.
Monica: Obama’s gonna spice up politics all together. He’s just that reality check that you can do it. We all have children I have my two little boys. I want them to know anything they believe and hear is within their reach.
Hill Harper: I would say to be encouraged. Know that there’s nothing that we can’t do. So many young men, I ask them when I go around the country, what do you want to be when you grow up. They say I either want to be a rapper or a ball player. And, after reading my book where I talk about ‘don’t limit yourself’, you should dream big. Tavis Smiley says something I love, he says ‘dream big and the dream bigger and then dream big and then double that. I believe that the transformative effect with be that of courage. I want a young man six months to a year from know saying ‘what do you want to be when you grow up’. ‘I want to be Barack Obama.’
Bossip folk, what do you want to change in 09?