If you care about Black music, you need to care about Black Lives.
During Grammy weekend, Baller Alert attended the Black Music Action Coalition, which premiered a film directed by rapper YelloPain called Simplified: Bridging The Gap. The film serves as a “first step in significantly increasing minority and youth participation in elections, and provides educators with an unbiased way of translating complex civic issues into simple terms and steps for people without an advanced political education,” according to the press release.
The vocal musician chatted with our outlet and shared that even with new folks in office, the root of changes in the world begins within your community.
“My stance is voting is extremely important,” he shared.
“With this documentary, I aim to let the youth know it isn’t about the president. My stance is to focus on the people in your community and state because they have your life in their hands.”
When asked about ways to get the youth to become more involved in politics, the rapper shared that it starts with them wanting to participate.
“The voters have a say, not the people in the office,” he expressed.
“The people in office listen to the people who voted for them. If the people who don’t vote begin to vote, they have no choice but to listen to them.”
As we wrapped up our conversation with the rising star, he shared that the one law he would put in place if he were president would be to make voting mandatory.
We also caught up with the co-founder of BMAC, Willie “Prophet” Stiggers, who is behind the project and is doing “everything he can” to amplify its messaging.
“BMAC came together with Katherine and Corey Jacobs to make sure we do everything that we can to make sure this documentary and the message is stands for hits the people it needs to reach,” he shared.
“A lot of times, we don’t wrap our arms around projects like this. We must start embracing things that will impact our lives and ensure we can change some of the things that have been happening in the world for the past 400+ years.”
You can view the trailer below.