Song Writer Hall of Fame inductee Jermaine Dupri was one of the first Black artists to agree to work with the NFL on this year’s Super Bowl, which is held in his native Atlanta. Artists such as Jay-Z and Cardi B have reportedly declined to perform at the Super Bowl because of their support of Colin Kaepernick. According to Ebony, the “Welcome to Atlanta” rapper/producer plans to use his platform at his Super Bowl event to highlight those affected by police brutality.
“I met with the families and parents who have been killed and murdered by police officers here,” the 46-year-old producer said. “I plan on having them come to my Super Bowl Live event and speak to the crowd and tell their story about police brutality in the city and let people understand that I’m supporting them as much as possible.”
He went on, “I want to bring awareness to the situation, and let people know that we’re not out here partying and not caring about their situation.”
Dupri took a lot of heat for accepting the call to be a part of the Super Bowl festivities. But Dupri wants to use this once and lifetime opportunity to make a bold statement about social injustice.