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Aside from rapping, Vince Staples has become pretty well-known for being outspoken on just about anything. Though he usually takes to his personal Twitter account to joke about the NBA and his loyalty to Sprite, Vince can be serious when necessary.
Fans of Vince Staples’ music are used to hearing him speak about the struggles of growing up in a rough area, but in his latest endeavor Vince is making a serious effort to bring change to his own community by backing programs that will help provide more art programs and job opportunities during the summer months.
Yesterday afternoon, Vince made an appearance at Ramona Park with city officials to help announce the launch of the Youth Institute in North Long Beach. This program, organized by the YMCA, will allow 20 young people to learn different skills such as filmmaking, graphic design, music production, 3D printing and product design.
“I think the most important thing is opportunities,” Vince told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. “What I can say is, living over here my entire life, I’ve never had an opportunity given to me from the area, only examples of how to mess up, and what I didn’t want to do.”
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— LB Press-Telegram (@presstelegram) June 14, 2016