As the country gradually digests the decades of historical ignorance and racial violence in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the hip-hop scene is igniting their voices in their efforts to provide representation and reassurance for the world to witness the vision of their liberated future.
According to Rolling Stone, the Juneteenth celebration featured local artists like St. Domonick, Steph Simon, J. Friday, 1st Verse, OmaleyB, Mr. Burns and Dr. View on August 26th, 2020. The piece states that, "thousands of Tulsans gathered for a day-long festival that featured local MCs, spoken-word poets, jazz bands, and national headliners like gospel singer Le’Andria Johnson."
In continuation, politicians and speakers like Tiffany Crutcher, whose brother was killed by a Tulsa police officer in 2016, and Rev. Al Sharpton, who told the crowd:
“We’re going to bring justice to this country, no matter how long it takes.”
The local Juneteenth celebration was initially cancelled this year, due to COVID-19, yet the event was brought back, as stated in the span of "barely a week". President Trump announced his plan to hold a rally at Tulsa’s BOK Center, which ended up becoming a bust.
The report also discusses the upcoming collaborative album titled, "Fire in Little Africa", which features works from a plethora of local rappers, activists, songwriters, and educators in Tulsa. According to the report, the artists state that, "they want to prioritize forward-thinking progress by insisting that the album, and the larger movement behind it, focuses on the present as much as it tells the story of the city’s past,"
It's only a matter of time until the truth unveils itself from the fabrication of prejudice and discrimination in this country. The artistry of these modern legends will ensure its deliverance.
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Written by: Tasha Dowbachuk