Racial and social injustice have been issues in our world for decades. As part of the music industry, much of the music we hear today has been heavily influenced by early black artists and genres such as soul, R&B, rap, and jazz.
In collaboration with Mitú, a latinx entertainment company that connects brands, content buyers, and content creators to latino youth to inspire chance, Conciencia Collective, an alliance against racial and social injustice have started a livestream series via Youtube or Facebook Live called “Conciencia Talk.” Conciencia (meaning “awareness”) Collective is comprised of over 35 executives from the Latin music industry including activists, journalists, artist managers, publicists, lawyers, directors, and on-air personalities who have come together in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement to create awareness and educate about racial and social injustice. The initiative also focuses on the many issues affecting our Latin community.
Over 100 latin artists, actors, songwriters and producers have joined this initiative to speak on behalf of their experience in the industry in this weekly livestream. Beginning this past June in the wake of George Floyd’s death as many around the world began to demand justice not only for Floyd but for every black life, this weekly conversation was born.
The live-streams are held every Friday at 4 p.m. PST/ 7 p.m. EST and have focused on different topics each week including education on race, raising awareness, white privilege within the Latinx community, the impact black music has had on Latin music, the black LGBTQ+ community, racial injustice in the music industry, culture appropriation, and how black culture has impacted fashion.
Each week two creatives and artists from the black and latinx community come together to have these discussions including artists like Becky G, Kali Uchis, Zion, Ivy Queen and Myke Towers to name a few and so many more artists to come.
You can watch past episodes of Conciencia Talk below.
It is important that the Black community feels supported by everyone and the fight for justice continues. We at Beyond The Stage stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and our staff continues to do their part in being an ally not only as part of the music industry but in everyday life as well.