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TEDx Speaker Shaun Boothe featured at LSUS during Black History Month

March 14, 2017

In honor of Black History Month, the Students Activities Board at Louisiana State University Shreveport featured award winning hip-hop artist and TEDx speaker Shaun Boothe.

Boothe presented The Unauthorized Biography Series, a critically acclaimed musical project that celebrates great historical figures through the art of rap.

“I have created a hip-hop series where I tell the life stories of the world’s greatest leaders, the world’s greatest icons, all through biographical rap songs,” said Boothe.

Boothe recognized six different individuals who have left a mark in history.

“Today, we are celebrating heroes,” explained Boothe. “Today, we are celebrating history’s greatest leaders. Why? Because, when we see what has been done, we believe in what can be done. So, when it comes to creating change, when it comes to bettering this world that we live in - this crazy world – when we see what has been done in the past, it helps us believe in what can be done in the present.”

Boothe began by recognizing the late Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. He then recognized the 44th President of the United States of America, Barak Obama. He informed the crowd that without Reverend King, Obama may have never become President.

Boothe then recognized the late Muhammad Ali. He told how Ali was villainized by the government for refusing to fight in the war. He followed with the story of Oprah Winfrey. He explained how she came from extreme poverty and had many setbacks, but she never used her setbacks as excuses. Boothe also told of a man that influenced the rap industry and is known as the Godfather of Soul: James Brown.

Lastly, Boothe told of another music artist, Bob Marley. Marley grew up a mixed race child in Jamaica, which caused him to have many hardships. Boothe told of how this influenced the message of Marley’s music: One Love. We are all one.

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