From inspiring rap in the US to a campaign against sexism in the UK – Maybe we can change the world?
The power to change society for the good is what underpins the efforts of rap artist Prince Ea.
With almost a quarter of a million subscribers on his youtube channel and 22,500 approx twitter followers, it’s refreshing to see a positive focus and a real desire to take a good hard look at the kind of society we are creating coming from youth culture.
Prince Ea founded an organization called “Make SMART Cool” (SMART being an acronym for Sophisticating Millions and Revolutionizing Thought).
The organization seeks to promote positive social change in various concrete ways from speaking at schools, organizing community events, benefit performances, partnering with community organizations and setting up educational mentorship programs.
Social media gets some bad press when it is used to bully and harass, but when used to the good it has a real power to change the norms.
Just recently in the UK, the ridiculous and sexist practice of having a topless girl featuring daily on page three of tabloid newspaper, The Sun, was targeted by a social movement @nomorepage3.
Founded by writer and actor Lucy Anne Holmes, who started it “because she became sad that the most prominent photograph of a woman in the widest circulation British newspaper is of a young woman in just her pants”, the movement grew to become nomorepage3.org.
Why she and all who support the campaign are asking for this page to be dropped should be self-evident to anyone, but if you want to read about the reasons then they are here. or read this Huffington Post article that also explains it well: Twelve things the NoMorePage3 campaign is NOT.
The group have a petition running on change.org addressed to: David Dinsmore, Editor of The Sun newspaper, that so far has gained almost 220,000 supporters. Go here to sign the petition!
Their slogan is: Say No To The Wrong Things, The Right Things Will Happen. We couldn’t agree more.
And the good news is that The Sun does appear to have dropped page 3. It has however replaced it with scantily dressed girls so much work done on eliminating sexism, more to do…
And once again great to see music added to the campaign: