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Holiday prank brings black Christmas carolers to timid suburbanites to overcome stereotypes

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A group of black men walked into a wealthy east Louisville neighborhood wearing all dark, baggy clothes -- and what happened next went viral.

It's a reminder of why you can't judge a book by its cover.

When  strangers strolled into the Estates of Saratoga Woods, let's just say "neighborhood watch" took on whole a new meaning. But panic quickly turned to praise...as the men began to sing acapella Christmas carols.

The acapella group Linkin' Bridge pulled this gag all over Louisville and saw reactions that were much the same. One man answered the door timidly, then called for his wife. 

In a parking garage, the ladies stop in their tracks, then stuttered in disbelief. 

An officer at a bank stood to attention the moment the guys entered -- but by the end, he was singing right along.

"Pretty much the message is, whether you're black or white, or whatever color, you can't be judged by what you have on," said Montre Davis of Linkin' Bridge. "We weren't there to do harm to anybody. We there to spread love peace and joy."

The videos are the brainchild of Louisville stand up comedian Tom Mabe, known for combining comedy and controversy.

"Today I'm bringing the hood to the burbs," Mabe said in a video.

"You know, I had this prank idea for over a year, and I put on Facebook that I need four or five black guys who can sing their butts off," Mabe told WDRB.

Now the group's manager, Mabe and his video series are introducing the world to Linkin' Bridge. Viewed more than 2 million times online and shared by big-time celebrities. 

But the singers admit that when it first started, they were as scared as the people being pranked. 

"When he comes to you with this idea what are you thinking?" asked WDRB's Gilbert Corsey.

"We're going to get shot!" laughed Big Rome, one of the group's members.

We were in on the latest trick. We played it on the WDRB sales department, who had no idea what was going to happen. You can see the reaction in the video above.

They say art imitates life, but remember, there's a message in the music.

"Love, peace and joy," Davis said. "Everybody should have this Christmas spirit every day of the year."

To find Linkin' Bridge music on iTunes, CLICK HERE.

To watch videos of the prank, CLICK HERE.

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