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Texas minister to discuss hip-hop dangers

A sinister element, an "ulterior motive," a "covert plan" are behind some of today's most popular music forms, particularly heavy metal and hip-hop.

That's what the Rev. G. Craige Lewis -- a nationally renowned speaker from Fort Worth, Texas -- thinks.

He will discuss the topic at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Mount Olive Baptist Church, 701 E. Delavan Ave. The event is called "The Truth Behind Hip-Hop."

A minister for the past 20 years, Lewis is the founder of EX Ministries. The EX stands for "Generation EX," he said.

Married for 20 years, Lewis is the father of three children -- ages 19, 14 and 4. His message is about the dangers that he says hip-hop music presents to listeners, especially youth. There is a "hidden agenda" behind it, he said, calling the genre a subculture that abuses the structure -- and deconstructs the ideas -- of the parent culture.

"They take the language of the parent culture and use broken English and change it to Ebonics. That's deconstruction," Lewis said in a telephone interview from his Fort Worth home.

Hip-hop was developed as a covert plan by musicians and the industry to use music to deceive people, Lewis said. It is not just music. It's a way of life that can be traced to black supremacy and the prison community.

"Cornrows, tattoos, wife beaters, do-rags -- all those things are from prison. I go through that in my presentation," he said.

Seekers of Truth, Peace and Knowledge -- a local committee focused on helping curb violence in the community -- is sponsoring the event, said Irish Scott, a member of the group, who recommended Lewis.

Scott first heard about Lewis from her pastor at Emmanuel Temple Seventh Day Adventist Church. Then she did some research online "to find out what is this man really talking about," she said.

A single parent, Scott had to deal with the "growing pains" of her son, who is now 28. It motivated her to try to reach out to help today's youth.

A follow-up event will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Emmanuel Temple Seventh Day Adventist Church. Christopher Hudson -- a traveling evangelist from Alabama who also speaks about the message of hip-hop -- will lead an open, public forum on the issues presented by Lewis on Friday night.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call Irish Scott at 563-9699 or Teresa Evans at 218-5596. For more information about EX Ministries go to www.exministries.com.

e-mail: dswilliams@buffnews.com

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