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Mother Jones: Rapper Killer Mike Tells Bernie Sanders: “I Rap About a Lot of the Stuff You Rant About”

Killer Mike Interviews Presidential Candidate US Senator Bernie Sanders DEC 17, 2015 – Rapper Killer Mike, who recently gave a rousing speech at a Georgia rally last month, sat down and did a great interview of US Senator Bernie Sanders who is currently running for US President. Mike told Bernie, “I Rap About a Lot of the Stuff…

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CNN: Natasha Bedingfield, Sean Paul tie pope visit to song that hits climate change

Washington (CNN)British singer Natasha Bedingfield and rapper Sean Paul have joined forces with other artists to combat climate change in a new tune called “Love Song to the Earth,” and its release is timed to Pope Francis’ first trip to the U.S. Natasha Bedingfield told CNN, “‘Love Song to the Earth’ is more than an anthem,…

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Musicians Fight For Justice For Michael Brown

SOCIAL MEDIA AND MUSIC CHANNEL ANGER AND ACTIVISM AUG 20, 2014 – Many musicians have come out in support for justice for Michael Brown using their music and social media. In St. Louis last Wednesday, Young Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa wore shirts on stage that said, “Don’t shoot” and “RIP Michael Brown”. Nelly has been…

Rapper Common Forms “Common Ground Foundation” To Empower Youth

APR 25, 2014 – Rapper-Activist Common has formed a great non-profit called "Common Ground Foundation" aimed at helping young people "realize their self-worth and become resilient, thriving members of our community." In a statement on his website Common said "I started the Common Ground Foundation because I wanted to help. Most of all help people help themselves. I always believed that if we started with the youth then we would be planting the seeds for our future to blossom. Give the children a sense of hope, self -esteem, and love that will better the world…I think making a difference in the lives of others is life's greatest purpose. I walk this path with faith knowing that the Common Ground Foundation will Change the World."

This is great. I always believed just waiting around for the government to fix everything is a mistake. We need to form more non-profit foundations like this to empower our youth and poor, and help them realize their potential and to seize the day and Rock Your Rights! I urge all young kids and inner-city poor to do what Common suggests: Start eating healthy, have a better attitude, make better financial decisions, get an ID card (free in many states), get a bank account, register to vote, vote, get on a lease or a deed, take a vocational class. Doing all this and more will empower yourself to better places in life. Common Ground also holds summer camps, mentoring sessions, school art productions, and more; and Common himself spends significant time with the youth. Read more about Common Ground Foundation on their website here, and watch Common in a CNN video below talk about his work and passion.

Australian Rapper Aisha Fukushima Wants to Bring Politics Back to Rap

APR 3, 2014 – GreenLeft.org has a cool interview up about Australian rapper Aisha Fukushima, and it asks her about her new song, "RAPtivism" and how the song declares that she is "bringing politics back to rap". Aisha told GreenLeft, "For me, the term "bringing politics back to rap" illuminates that on one level, a lot of the major distribution of hip-hop music has edited out music that empowers people and encourages them to think critically. I think part of the role as rap activist is not necessarily having all the answers or even telling people what to think, but to raise thoughtful questions that can help further our collective journey towards social change." We at JTMP couldn't have put it more eloquently. Read more of the interview of Aisha on GreenLeft.org.au here. Listen to RAPtivism from Aisha below.

 

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