J. Cole and Ryan Coogler on Racial Inequality

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During an event hosted by Blackout for Human Rights at Harlem’s Riverside Church for #MLKNOW, J. Cole and director Ryan Coogler discussed racial inequality, police brutality, and the importance of allowing themselves to confront events such as the violence perpetrated on Michael Brown and Oscar Grant through their art. Watch the full interview below, along with a performance of J. Cole’s “Be Free” by Anika Noni Rose, and read more about the event via okayplayer.


Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →