T.I. is a GRAMMY Award-winning rapper, actor, entrepreneur, husband, father and as he reminded some this morning, activist.
Today he was joined by iconic entertainment political force Harry Belafonte’s daughter to not only debut the first single (“We Will Not”) from his upcoming EP (“Us or Else”) and promote the upcoming Many Rivers to Cross Music Festival they are both a part of, but to get V-103’s audience to do something he eloquently managed at what he conceded was early hour for him: focus.
“In the times we’re living in we have to do whatever we can to create a platform to step out and speak on injustices,” T.I. told The Ryan Cameron Morning Show with Wanda Smith. “And do whatever we can to come together and rally against it.”
“This is certainly a moment in our history that you don’t want to miss,” continued Belafonte, on the festival. “We’ve been trying to figure out how to let people understand that more fully and the best way for us to describe it is sort of like a multicultural, predominantly black Woodstock.
“Everybody wanted to be there and say they were. And those who were, you always want to sort of touch and go, ‘Oooh! Ahhhh! Wow-you were there?! That’s amazing!”
T.I. will join fellow musicians John Legend, Common, Public Enemy, Carlos Santana and more at the Many Rivers To Cross Music Festival Oct. 1, 2 just outside of Atlanta – along with Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, fellow multi-hyphenate Chris Rock, recent BET Awards highlight Jesse Williams and “Empire’s” Jussie Smollett.
This morning’s visit comes a week after V-103 and News & Talk 1380 WAOK launched its Black Votes Matter initiative encouraging listeners to not only register to vote, and then actually do so Nov. 8.
“It’s also important for our listening audience right now to just realize that with this festival
it’s time for black people to get pissed off about being taken for granted,” said Cameron.