As one of the most well-known rappers in the world who’s taken a deep dive into social justice, Jay-Z is more than qualified to make a call to action. The Brooklyn rapper and business mogul recently penned a guest column in the Hollywood Reporter calling on his fellow artists to use their platforms for the greater good.
“The power of one voice is strong, but when it comes to social justice, the power of our collective voices is unstoppable,” he wrote. “Now is the time to recognize that through our voices we really can effect change.”
Jay, whose legal name is Sean Carter, has made his interest in social justice more publicly known in the past few years, perhaps coming to a head recently. He was the executive producer of a documentary series on Kalief Browder and is already working on his next documentary on the life and death of Trayvon Martin.
“We’ve seen some of that change slowly start to happen. President Obama outlawed solitary confinement for juveniles. New York has started the long process of closing Rikers Island, the prison where Kalief was tortured, starved and held without a trial.”
“My hope is for my next documentary, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, to create a similar conversation that leads to change and helps keep our children safe. And it’s an honor to have the support of Trayvon’s family in telling the story,” he continued.
To finish his attempt to reach out, Jay encouraged people to only take on what they could handle. Work being done on the small, local level is just as important as the more prominent work on a national or global scale.