DaBaby Held “Black Lives BEEN Mattered” Juneteenth Event

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DaBaby celebrated Juneteenth with a community conversation about racism, police reform, systemic racism and more in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. 

The rapper announced last Thursday that he’d invited city officials and community leaders to his “Black Lives BEEN Mattered” event. Mayor Vi Lyles, Charlotte City Council member Braxton Winston, Mecklenburg County Sheriff Gary McFadden, former Carolina Black Panther Thomas Davis, and community organizer Kristie Puckett-Williams were all in attendance.

“[This is] an opportunity to give people whose voices aren’t heard, whose voices don’t reach a million people, the opportunity to be heard,” DaBaby explained at the beginning of the event. “Getting those voices heard, those statements heard, those opinions heard, in a room full of respected individuals, I just feel like it was important.”

During the event, the 28-year-old discussed his own negative experiences with the Charlotte police, most recently, his arrest last year on a marijuana charge, which he maintains was unlawful, accusing the CMPD of racially profiling him.

“I have had my own experiences with the police. It’s time to have a serious conversation about police reform and systemic racism in our city. Black lives been mattered and always will matter…Why have 20 cops tried to find someone who is trying to do their job when you have real bad things going on?”

DaBaby closed the conversation by saying, “I want to end this by extending an offer to try to put something together routinely like this. Where we can bring blank notebook paper and pens and clipboards and try to move forward.”

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