What I (and You) Can Learn From Apple Music's Rap Life Live Event

Key takeaways from Apple Music's Rap Life Live Event at Howard University.

Promotional Photo for Apple Music's Rap Life Live

Amid a cultural revolution, protests in the streets, and a pandemic, Apple Music’s Rap Life Live event is exactly what HBCU students, rap fans, and anyone who needs a boost of motivation to continue pursuing racial justice need.

The exclusive event, filmed on Howard University’s campus in Washington, D.C, featured artists Lil Baby, Nas, Rapsody, and D.C’s own Wale to perform and discuss important topics plaguing the Black community such as racial inequality and the overlap between music and the message of racial justice.

Airing on Apple Music last week, the near-hour-long event, hosted by radio personality Ebro Darden and featuring Apple Music 1 hosts Low Key and Nadeska, also enlists Howard University students Rachel Howell, Taylor Davis, and Peter Lubembela for a sit-down, discussing racial justice in America, the fight for inclusivity, and uplifting the community.

Set on Howard University’s campus, it’s a perfect setting to discuss Black issues and Black music. Like hip-hop and rap, historically Black Colleges and Universities like Howard University were built and made notable by Black creatives, learners, teachers, and thinkers constantly opening the door when those same doors seemed impossible to break open. The event opens up an important dialogue for what people can learn and do to advance racial justice.

After watching Rap Life Live, I can only explain having an intense feeling of accomplishment and pride in my heart but also a yearning and a need for change and justice in my gut. The Rap Life Live Event is an event that brings people together through polarizing times with powerful music, heart-wrenching discussions, and the reminder that Black creatives, Black educators, and Black people matter.

In the words of Lil Baby, “it can’t change overnight.” The fight for racial justice starts here within ourselves and can blossom into something bigger for the next generation.

It’s a beautiful yet powerful event that hosts many topics that a lot of us can learn from. Here are my favorite takeaways that I (and you) can learn and take into our fight for racial justice.

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