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Millionaire rapper turned entrepreneur 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson) is set to be featured in a six-part reality series called “Dream School”, that will air on the Sundance Channel on October 7th, according to The Wrap.
50, who executive produced the show, will become a mentor for a transgender teen. The mentoring role for a transgender teen is quite extraordinary for 50, who’s been said to have built a “homophobic rep” over the years.
Other celebrities like music producer Swizz Beats and civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson have signed up for the “hour-long-life-changing project” that helps drop out and troubled teens face their surfacing issues they encounter in their every day lives.
In the unscripted reality show, 50 will mentor a transgender boy who was born a girl, named Alan. Alan is featured on the show as an openly gay transgender boy and often explains that he’s bullied at school because of his choice to be transgender.
“I want to graduate and get away from the people at my school,” says Alan on the show.
“I got bullied. I went to the hospital. My mom just didn’t even visit me. I wish I was the person my parents wanted me to be. I wish I was born the person I am now because…I was born a girl.”
Turning a new found leaf, the G-unit founder says he isn’t homophobic, although he used the word “faggot” in a number of his popular songs in the past years.
Just in 2004, 50 stated he “wasn’t in to faggots,” during a Playboy Magazine interview.
“I don’t have homophobia. I never did,” told 50 to The Wrap.
“When you actually make music that mirrors the environment, you use the terminology,” he explained.
“You use the language. Like if you were making a painting, and you were painting the American flag, if I told you to do that, and not use red, not use the harsh terms or the tougher messages, you would never successfully paint the flag.”
“I would use the terminology that would be going around. My grandfather may say terms — people may actually say terms based on their experiences that were happening at that point. … You’ve got people that would call some people a ‘redneck,’ or some people ‘n*gga.’ It’s the term of that time or that period. They’re not necessarily racist, but they’ve heard those terms used around them, and they use them,” the rapper concluded.
Trying to adjust to the “Live and let live” motto, 50 has supported President Obama’s decision to support gay marriage.
“If the President is saying that, then who am I to go the other way,” said 50 in an interview with MTV UK.
Ironically, 50 was raised by a mother who engaged in same-sex relationships back when society hadn’t accepted gay people.
Hopefully, this experience for 50 would open his eyes to a new light.
To watch a snippet of the show “Dream School”, click here.