William Jones Jr. of The Black World Today says black leaders owe hip hop an apology. “Unfortunately, Black Leadership is all too often led by White people who do not necessarily have Black people’s best interest at heart,” Jones Jr. explained. “Due to this phenomenon, black Leadership (and Black people) oftentimes miss genuine opportunities to greatly improve upon, if not correct, many of the problems that ail us. I believe that this is due in part to the legacy of slavery: we still wait for the cue from ‘White masters’ before our ideas and innovations are deemed fit for Black people. One of the most recent examples of this is the opportunity Black Leaders missed with the Hip-Hop movement; in essence, missing an opportunity to speak to an entire generation.” Read more.