T.I. // Blender Magazine - March 2009 T.I. // Blender Magazine - March 2009

T.I. and his reality show tv cameras were reportedly “too commercial” for a Brooklyn middle school where the prison-bound rapper was set to make an appearance. According to the NY Daily News, Crown Heights’ Middle School of the Arts was all down for T.I. talking to their students about how to “avoid the wrong side of the law,” but when they heard about the television cameras, they nixed the scheduled appearance upsetting parents, students and school faculty who were looking forward to seeing the Atlanta native speak at the school.

T.I.’s visit, which would have aired on his MTV reality show “T.I.’s Road to Redemption,” was too “commercial” a venture to be allowed in Crown Heights’ Middle School of the Arts, Department of Education spokeswoman Margie Feinberg said Friday.

The “Live Your Life” entertainer, facing jail time because of gun charges stemming from a drug conviction, would have spent the day teaching students how to avoid the wrong side of the law. Before officials canceled the event, students, parents and faculty at the school said they were looking forward to meeting the rapper. “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.


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