Nick Cannon Addresses His Time As a Former Gang Member

Posted Sunday January 5, 2014 12:31 PM GMT

On the same day that Rose McGowan witnessed a random act of violence in Los Angeles connected to a fad named "Knockout Game," Nick Cannon addressed street and gang violence through a series of tweets on Friday (January 3).

The 33-year-old began, writing, "We need to give our young people something to 'fight' for! I was a kid when not given direction I ran astray, but guidance gave me something to 'fight' for. Guidance has to come from someone we respect and admire."

The "America’s Got Talent" host continued, saying, "Idle hands are the devil’s tools. Feral fire is dangerous but a harnessed flame can light up the world #DamnIShouldWriteABook."

His list of tweets continued as follows: "I think everyone that has ever played the 'Knock Out Game' should have to enlist into the Armed Forces."

"I thought being a gang member was the coolest shit ever until I got shot at! I been okay with being corny ever since #RealTalk."

"Those kids aren't lost causes. I used to be a knucklehead who did dumb shit because I was 'bored'. I'm forever in debt to those I harmed."

"People ask me why I care so much about young people, because I was on my way down a dark path until someone steered me toward success"

"At the end of the day I learned it's all about self worth. If you care about yourself, you will care about others."

Nick concluded, writing, "The Doors of the Church are now open!! #DonePreaching #TimeforOffering #AlterCall #WhoMadeTheFishPlates #BackToSinning."

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