The “How to Get Away With Murder” actor Kendrick Sampson is imploring entertainers to fight for equality with his new initiative, BLD PWR.
If you ask, Kendrick Sampson is a lot more the eye candy on the small screen, oh yes, he has launched BLD PWR (pronounced “Build Power”), a nonprofit initiative aimed at teaching his colleagues in the entertainment industry to use their platforms to fight for social justice causes. Read on for more on Kendrick Sampson BLD PWR wanting to help fellow celebs use their privilege to Advocate…
CelebNMusic247.com supports Kendrick Sampson nonprofit initiative BLD PWR and his hope to to mobilize visible, influential people to become freedom fighters, much like those who came before them (e.g. Harry Belafonte, Jane Fonda, Marsha P. Johnson, Audre Lorde and Muhammad Ali).
It is our duty as entertainers, as people who have access to media, to use whatever we can.
the Insecure actor adds:
I think that we’re all on this earth to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper. I think that’s our purpose. I think that our purpose is to use whatever privilege we can find in our lives and use that to lift up and empower, and join in the fight of liberation for all. To make sure that we all are afforded those privileges, especially when it deals with human rights. To make sure that we’re all OK.
If we have a platform, then we have a privilege and we should use it. Even when we don’t have big social media platforms, we can use our lives as our platform and whatever that looks like.
The team introduced the nonprofit to nearly 300 entertainers, athletes, artists and organizers, offering them a crash course in how they can use their privilege to advocate for those who need it most.
Kendrick Sampson BLD PWR focuses primarily on “intersectional racial justice and undoing systemic oppression in the criminal legal system,” according to its website.
The Houston, TX native goes on to explain:
BLD PWR is an initiative that trains up the next generation of freedom fighters in the entertainment industry. We want to train them up and make sure that they have a connection to the community and they have a real opportunity to educate themselves, and be educated by experts, in issue areas that help them foster whatever passion they have… and also to provide a safe space for radical imagining of a different world where we can counter all the radical hate out there.
He understands the privilege and the power entertainers wield, and how art can translate to public influence.
Kendrick Sampson concludes:
We’re artists, we’re creatives… I always go back to that famous quote that there’s not revolution without art. Whether it’s murals or protest art, or whatever it is, things are effectively communicated and really hit home and penetrate the soul, the heart, when it’s effectively communicated through art. Especially artists, I think, should be at the forefront of and have always been at the forefront of movements.