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David Banner to discuss diversity in politics April 6

Rapper, record producer, actor and activist David Banner will give a keynote address, “Diversity in Politics,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 in the Student Union Auditorium for The University of Toledo’s Diversity Month.

A question-and-answer session will take place after the talk, and Banner is scheduled to sign autographs and take photos. 



“Having David Banner here on our campus in Toledo is huge, not just for the University, but the city as a whole,” Lance Price, president of the Black Student Union, said. “His voice carries a lot of weight, so the excitement is crazy. People need to hear his message no matter where you came from.”

Born in Jackson, Miss., Lavell Crump chose the name of the lead character in the TV show “The Incredible Hulk” as his stage moniker. Since his 2000 debut disc, Them Firewater Boyz, Vol. 1, Banner has been a force in the music world. He has worked with T.I., Akon, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and Chris Brown. His CDs include “Mississippi: The Album,” “MTAs: Baptized in Dirty Water,” “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” and “Sex, Drugs & Video Games.”

As an actor, he has appeared in several movies, including “Black Snake Moan,” “This Christmas,” “Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming,” “The Butler” and “Ride Along.” And in 2006, Banner received a Visionary Award from the National Black Caucus for his work after Hurricane Katrina.

Media Coverage
WTOL 11 (April 7, 2016)
13 ABC (April 7, 2016)

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