The history and current reality of Black people across the globe paints a picture of adversary, incredible challenges, opposition and what is arguably a systematic approach to eradicate any evidence of our very existence. However, in spite of all the odds against us, we still rise. Collectively, there’s a lot of work needed to organize and position ourselves to obtain the kind of power that comes from economic, financial and mental freedom from all adversaries, including ourselves.
The biblical scripture, “many are called, but few are chosen” rings true for the current state of our society. Each of us have a unique gift, talent, and a purpose to share with others, yet, few have accepted the responsibility of becoming a leader. Familiarize yourself with the work of these incredible people and partner with some local organizations to be the change you wish to see. Let’s stop asking what needs to be done and start rolling up our sleeves and get to work.
Trae The Truth- this Houston, TX Rapper can be seen on the street rolling up his sleeves to advocate for justice and bring resources to underserved communities.
Killer Mike- Rapper, Social and Political Activist fighting against police brutality and systemic racism.
Jay-Z- Rapper, Mogul, Businessman, using the power of his platform and wealth to advocate for justice and reformation.
Lebron James- NBA player, opened iPromise, an elementary school geared towards serving underprivileged children by offering a STEM-based curriculum to prepare them for future success.
Slim Thug- Rapper, owner of Boss Life Construction company, which works to build affordable homes in low-income communities.
21 Savage- Rapper, who started the 21 Savage Bank Account Campaign a financial literacy program for youth.
Nipsey Hussle- Rapper, philanthropist and businessman, who employed felons from his neighborhood, opened Vector90, and a STEM center for the youth in South L.A.
Other celebrities who’ve made a conscious effort to be the change they’d like to see in our communities are David Banner, T.I., Alicia Keys, J.Cole, John Legend, Akon, Jesse Williams, Meek Mill, Symone Sanders, Charlamagne Tha God, The Obamas, and many more.