By CLTure News
June 18, 2020 (updated)
Charlotte’s DaBaby (Jonathan Kirk) has announced a special press conference and discussion scheduled for Friday, June 19 at 12:30 p.m. at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture. The “Black Lives Been Mattered” press conference will include Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden, Charlotte City Councilman Braxton Winston, and former Carolina Panther linebacker Thomas Davis. Topics for the discussion will include police reform, systemic racism, and the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement in North Carolina.
The Grammy-nominated rapper who has had his run-ins with CMPD including an incident at the Power 98 Winter Block Party in December, released a statement through a press release by his label Billion Dollar Baby Entertainment:
“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,” said DaBaby. “Black lives been mattered and always will matter.”
DaBaby released his debut studio album Baby on Baby in March of 2019 reaching number seven on the Billboard 200 and number five on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. His second studio album Kirk was released in September of 2019 and debuted at number 1 on Billboard. His song “Rockstar” featuring Roddy Ricch is currently number one on the Billboard Hot 100 from his latest album released in April, Blame It on Baby.
The press conference will take place on Friday, June 19 at 12:30 p.m. at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture. Be sure to check back for live coverage on our Facebook and Instagram.
Update: Watch the “Black Lives Been Mattered” discussion with DaBaby, Thomas Davis, Braxton Winston, Kristie Puckett Williams, Mayor Vi Lyles, and Sheriff Garry McFadden at Harvey B. Gantt Center.