When rapper Diablo Flamez and professor Toby Gordon walk into the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School together, they make an odd pair.
Flamez,48, wears jeans, sneakers and dark sunglasses. Cornrows poke out from under a baseball cap. Tattoos cover his arms.
Gordon, 64, sports a pixie haircut, neat dresses and horn-rimmed glasses.
But when they get in front of their class, they become the perfect complement.
Flamez, a prominent figure on the Baltimore rap scene, and Gordon, a former vice president of the Hopkins Hospital and Health System, teach a seminar together about health disparities centered around the popular HBO series “The Wire.” Gordon is an associate...