In a recent interview with Hello Beautiful, Nelly shared his concerns about the recent issues facing the black community. He also mentioned that he’s been sending two kids to college for the past ten years.

The St. Louis rapper explained that he saw education as the solution that could invoke real change.

“I try to do it through education,” Nelly explained. “The only way we’re going to get this is to elevate. We have to get the kids to go out of these communities. Graduate. Get the knowledge. Come back to the community and then they can run it because they understand the people and understand the severity of the situation.”

As for why he has kept his educational scholarships under the radar, Nelly remarked that it’s about making a change, not making an impression.

“It’s not about the hoo-ha,” he says. “It’s about the silent assassins. It’s the ones that move behind the scenes that get things done. The guy that’s screaming on television, he’s the diversion. I’m not a diversion. I’m going to get it done.”

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