‘You can write the script of your own life’: A Detroit-based youth rap group is fighting to break the cycle of poverty

Highland, Michigan is a poverty and drug stricken town with an unemployment rate nearly triple the national average at 24%. But that hasn’t stopped one youth rap group from working tirelessly to ensure they do not become a statistic.

“Now, let me take you to the next story. This is happening in one of the worst parts of Detroit, where unemployment is [24]% and [there are] drugs, violence, rape, murder,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “There is a school there that has hired this music teacher… [and] he has put together a rap group. These kids are, I think, anywhere from seven to teenagers. They have put out an album that is starting to chart on iTunes. And I want you to hear what these kids are now saying about growing up in Detroit, where it's nothing but poverty and drugs.”

The group, known as Beasts of Beat, was formed at Northpointe Academy, where a 25-year-old music teacher, Joe “Mr. V” Vercellino, is changing trying his best to change the lives of his students. He was inspired to create the group, which is not based on talent but rather personal strengths and weaknesses, after seeing the film Moneyball.

“The Beast of the Beat is really not as much about creating rap stars as it is about creating men,” he said.

In a video report from WJBK-TV, some of the members of the group offer some incredible insight into what it has been like growing up in poverty and how every kid still has a chance.

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“I was struck by a couple of things,” Glenn said. “One. Here's a white teacher in a really horrible area of Detroit doing good things. Hmmm. That doesn't seem to fit anybody's agenda now, does it? Here are a bunch of kids that have said, ‘It's a choice. It's a choice.’ Hmmm. That doesn't fit any ones agenda. Those two things don't fit anybody's agenda, but they are true. And when you watch them… you know it's true. And it just reverberates inside of you when you are watching.”

“Now, the other thing that struck me was when the teacher [talked about] watching ‘Moneyball’… This is what I've been talking to you about recently,” Glenn continued. “I don't know what you are supposed to do. I don't know what you are born to do. It doesn't take uniting with me or uniting someplace else. It doesn't take that. t means stand where you are supposed to stand. Do exactly what you are supposed to do. Don't listen to anybody telling you that you are crazy, that it can't be done. That's what it's going to take. We are Moneyball.”

Beasts of the Beat may be a small example of the incredible things that can happen when people realize their potential, but Glenn explained the concept can extend to a national level.

“Fixing this is impossible, right? We're all the little guys. But if every one does exactly what they are supposed to do, we win,” Glenn concluded. “Don't let anybody convince you differently. Don't let anybody tell you differently. There is power in words. There is power in ideas. Real power. The right words lift up. The wrong words destroy you.”

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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