Not all black lads love rap

The People - - News Features -

WHEN my son was about seven we were in a shop when a lady asked him: “When you grow up are you go­ing to be a foot­baller or rap­per?”

Nei­ther, I replied. She was friendly but why did she think that was all he would as­pire to be?

I was re­minded of that when I saw the lat­est Elle magazine cover fea­tur­ing Stor­mzy, above, and model Jour­dan Dunn, left. It’s great and, in­side there’s a shoot with some of the rap­per’s fa­mous friends.

While I’m tak­ing noth­ing away from the fact that it’s great to see tal­ented young black men and women cel­e­brated in this way, I feel it’s im­por­tant to stop re­in­forc­ing the myth that the only way for young peo­ple from BAME back­grounds to be suc­cess­ful is through en­ter­tain­ment or sport.

The shoot also fea­tures a poet and an award-win­ning ac­tivist, but there are peo­ple do­ing in­cred­i­ble things in so many other in­dus­tries. Can we start talk­ing about them?

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