Snoop Lion to Host Discussion on Urban Gun Violence

Famed "Gin and Juice" rapper Snoop Lion - aka Snoop Dogg - will host BET anti-gun event.

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Snoop Dogg, a.k.a. Snoop Lion, performs at the MTV Africa All Stars Concert in 2012.
Snoop Dogg, a.k.a. Snoop Lion, performs at the MTV Africa All Stars Concert in 2012.

Famed rapper Snoop Dogg/Lion is joining forces with BET networks to address urban gun violence by hosting "No Guns Allowed," a roundtable discussion on gun violence in African American communities, in Los Angeles June 29.

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Snoop, the League of Young Voters Education Fund and BET plan to tackle what the Children's Defense Fund calls as the leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-old African Americans.

"I am humbled by the opportunity to have this important and necessary conversation with such influential people," said League director Rob Baker in a release. "This is just the beginning, and I am thankful that Snoop Lion is helping us kick it off the right way."

The title of the discussion was inspired by a song featuring his daughter Cori and Canadian recording artist Drake off of the "Gin and Juice" rapper's latest album, Reincarnated.

"'No Guns Allowed' was written about a very personal incident with my family which I talk about in the Reincarnated documentary," Snoop said in a release. "I'm proud the song has sparked a movement, and I'm excited about collaborating with the League of Young Voters and BET to spread the message."

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Other panelists include rapper T.I., Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., H.E.L.P.E.R. Foundation executive director Melvyn Hayward Jr., writer and director of "Fruitvale Station" Ryan Coogler and executive director of New Generation Foundation Brandon Jones.

The event will go live at 4 p.m. during BET Experience at L.A. Live. Supporters are urged to use the #NoGunsAllowed hashtag to get a chance to win an exclusive t-shirt.

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