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He may have just dropped The Album About Nothing, but Wale had a lot to say to the kids of Baltimore today. In the wake of Freddie Grey’s death and the ensuing protests, the DMV native joined Rev. Jamal Bryant at Fredrick Douglas High School this morning to speak to students about his own experiences with police harassment, while stressing the importance of self-belief and community.

“We need our community leaders to come step forward and we need these kids to understand that somebody believes in them,” Wale said. “I believe in them, Jamal believes in them and there’s a lot of people in this community that believe in these kids.”

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