Bill Cosby urged people in Baltimore to empower themselves and nurture their children, but during his visit Thursday he avoided the scolding tone that has drawn criticism from some black leaders.

Cosby urged parents to keep their children close. "Your children got no business going to the street for love. There's no love out there," Cosby told the crowd during a city-organized block party. "All that's out there is lost young men looking for love."

Cosby says people in Baltimore need to empower themselves by taking advantage of the educational opportunities that lead to well-paying jobs.