JAY-Z Calls on Artists to Make Projects Focused on Social Justice

Jay-Z again used his platform to speak on social issues on Thursday, June 22, returning to the press with a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter. The activist/entrepreneur highlighted the impact his documentary on Kalief Browder has had on the criminal justice reform movement, and spoke optimistically about how his next project Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story will further contribute to social change. More importantly he called upon the masses to step it up with their advocacy of causes dear to them, particularly those fighting injustice. “Now is the time to recognize that through our voices we really can effect change. Some of us will do the important work locally at the micro level to awaken our neighbors. Some of us will work for progress regionally,” Jay opened the piece. He went into detail on how the Kalief Browder story came to manifest and emphasized how it has moved politicians to take action. “Look around at what’s happening in your town and your city right now. Think small, and you can do much bigger things,” he wrote.

It is the second time Jay-Z has put out a call to action over the past week. Last Friday the rap icon came through with an Op-Ed delivered through Time magazine. The letter called out the racism and exploitation of the bail bonds industry and served as a plea for readers to help free men with children who might not be able to make bail, as a powerful Father’s Day gesture.

And a few of us will be like Kalief Browder, a modern-day prophet whose death two years ago started a discussion that continues today about how poor, black juveniles are treated in the criminal justice system. Check out the full article VladTV

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