Learn more about Foster & Jack's #HugChicago Campaign and show a brother some love! Also, Flip through pics from the benefit concert as I Spread Love with Boss Friend Siren Faye Butcher of ATS Mag!
Being a Black man in America isn’t an easy experience, especially in Chicago. So far in 2016, 110 people have been shot in the city, a majority of them being Black and Brown men. There is also the issue of police brutality and profiling, i.e. cases like Laquan McDonald, where our own government can’t be held accountable for their actions towards us. There are even websites like Hey Jackass that mock Chicago violence with a “30 Day Stupidity Trend.” Contrary to the Stacey Dash theory, America has yet to accept Blacks as equals and do little to support the Black man.
#HugChicago, a unification campaign started by local band Foster & Jack, attempts to reform the way we show support to our Black men, with hugs. The campaign’s goal is to give 100K hugs and to raise over $125K to donate to local organizations that support Black men and Black youth. I decided to step out with my good friend Siren Faye Butcher and support their kick-off benefit concert at The Promontory, and had a great time! Not only did I have an opportunity to jam with some of Chicago’s best talent--I was able to witness the best kind of love on the planet--Black love.
“Everyone is trying to do drill and [promote] negativity and misogyny,” said The GRoup, “we’re just trying to be positive."
Concert Performances included Naledge Evans, Elite Society, Brill, Paige Gillian, and Grammy award winning Rapper GLC.
Check out my pics from #HugChicago in the gallery below!