Isabel González Whitaker

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Tom Perez

DNC Chair Tom Perez on How the Global Popularity of 'Despacito' Is an Example of 'What Music Can Do' in Troubled Times

Formerly the Sec. of Labor under President Obama, Tom Perez, 56, has dedicated himself to supporting Democratic candidates across the country while continuing to advocate for civil rights. Earlier this week, after a roundtable for the Democratic New Jersey Lt. Governor candidate Sheila Oliver (where he weighed in on the recent Alabama senate race by calling Roy Moore "Jesse Helms on steroids"), Perez sat down with Billboard to discuss how music can mitigate nativistic national and global trends, why a song like "Despacito" is important now, and the "moral imperative" musicians have to use their voice.
Tom Perez

DNC Chair Tom Perez on How the Global Popularity of 'Despacito' Is an Example of 'What Music Can Do' in Troubled Times

Formerly the Sec. of Labor under President Obama, Tom Perez, 56, has dedicated himself to supporting Democratic candidates across the country while continuing to advocate for civil rights. Earlier this week, after a roundtable for the Democratic New Jersey Lt. Governor candidate Sheila Oliver (where he weighed in on the recent Alabama senate race by calling Roy Moore "Jesse Helms on steroids"), Perez sat down with Billboard to discuss how music can mitigate nativistic national and global trends, why a song like "Despacito" is important now, and the "moral imperative" musicians have to use their voice.

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