The Democratic National Convention will be wrapping up tomorrow, but Rock the Vote‘s Truth to Power is celebrating the festivities a little early. A civil rights and social justice art show, Truth to Power has used art, music and spirited discussion to bring together a group of people all under the same roof. The impromptu exhibit was designed to “illuminate the most pressing issues facing young people in the United States today,” and if you’ve been following our coverage on Twitter you’ll see that the campaign has done a great job so far.
So far we’ve seen panels featuring activists, celebrities and public figures such as Rosario Dawson, Ben Jealous, Dewey Saunders and Danny Glover, as well as a special performance from Aloe Blacc. Now, the campaign will be having a star-studded concert tonight to close everything out, with the Black Eyed Peas and Ty Dolla $ign serving as headliners. The two performers will also be joined by Mr. Sonny James and Cosmo Baker.
Ty has been active in speaking out against some of the inequalities people are enduring in America, especially the killing of black people by police officers. He recently released “No Justice,” a scathing commentary on police brutality happening across the country. “They say that we’re all created equal” raps Ty on the song. “But ain’t nothing about us equal / You know that there could never be justice when killing us is legal.”
The rapper will also be headlining a free concert series alongside Pusha T, to address the issue of high incarceration rates of young people in California. The #SchoolNotPrisons tour will go through 11 different cities in California, including three adult and youth correctional facilities.
The Truth to Power concert will be happening at The Fillmore Philadelphia, with doors opening at 9:30 p.m. You can RSVP for the event here.