The very nature of racism has existed in every sphere and realm for quite sometime; in music, film, TV, financial services, and media as a workplace, we are often avoiding the true nature of sharing our experiences as Black individuals. But, in my 21 years of living, I’ve never witnessed a more bold, appreciative, and unapologetic Black History Month. Everyone is making moves, even the Queen Bey herself.
Queen Bey literally owned the past 48 hours of everyone’s lives. More importantly though, she used her station as arguably the world’s biggest pop star to address the issues facing Black Americans around the country.
While wearing a shirt that read “FLINT LIVES MATTER,” Snoop Dogg met with Mayor Karen Weaver during a water drive this past weekend to discuss the current water crisis. While Snoop is one of many celebrities to join the movement and donated water and funds, not many have taken the time to sit down and talk to officials.
Musicians are truly stepping up their game when it comes to giving support for Flint, Michigan citizens. The Game is the newest rapper to give money or supplies to the city with lead-contaminated water. According to the Michigan Chronicle, the rapper has donated $500,000 of his money during their crisis. He has also said that the water bottle company Avita Water will donate an additional $500,000.
In case those two numbers confused you, The Game is contributing $1 million worth of water bottles to Flint, Michigan on behalf of his charity, The Robin Hood Project.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s music has never really drawn me in. Initially, I admit it was because the public was so strongly against it I didn’t feel the need. Even when I decided to think for myself and checked out The Heist on my own, there wasn’t much to make me want to revisit it; but that’s just my personal preference. However, the latest controversial song from the Seattle-bred duo, entitled “White Privilege II,” appears to be an exception.
In recent Hip-Hop related news, the rapper B.o.B has challenged the scientific idea that the Earth is round.
It looks like Flint, Michigan is getting help from nearby celebrities.
Big Sean is an active participant in helping the Flint, Michigan water crisis, as he launched #HealFlintKids on Thursday, January 21, 2016 along with donating $10,000.
A solid congratulation is in order for rapper Wale.
On Tuesday, January 12, Wale became the first rapper to ever open a State of the Union address.