Rapper reacts to blackface imitation, calls it 'regrettable'

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A hip-hop pioneer who was imitated by a Virginia politician in blackface says he hopes people will learn lessons from such "regrettable actions."

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said earlier this week that he wore brown makeup to a college party in 1980 because he wanted to look like rappers he listened to, specifically mentioning Kurtis Blow. Now Herring is struggling to shore up his political support amid calls for his resignation.

The rapper released a statement Friday on Instagram saying he hopes moments like this can help people understand the harm of blackface.

He writes: "It is my hope that these regrettable actions can be turned into teachable moments."

He doesn't mention Herring by name.

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