In honor of Black History Month as well as the fifth anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s tragic death in 2012, Harry Belafonte, his social justice organization Sankofa.org and Tidal have delivered powerful visual EP called 17.
The project highlights several tracks including Ty Dolla $ign‘s “No Justice,” Raphael Saadiq‘s “The Answer,” Elijah Blake‘s “Hanging Tree” and Mali Music‘s “Drama,” and serves as an introduction to a forthcoming album that will feature contributions from Sting, John Legend, Andra Day among others.
The 17-minute visual unfolds in several chapters titled “Innocence,” “Daydream” “Twilight” and “Resist,” and follows a 17-year-old black boy named Jacobi Nelson as he contemplates a college scholarship before facing a dark encounter with police.
“Artists are the gatekeepers of truth and have a unique opportunity to instruct as well as entertain,” Belafonte tells Billboard in a statement. “17 is a powerful visual meant to shift the paradigm of racial bias and illuminate the prolific issue of the carnage besieging black and brown communities all across this country.”
17 was executive produced by Belafonte and conceptualized by emerging writer/director duo Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, who recently spearheaded the “Against The Wall” PSA starring Michael B. Jordan, Danny Glover and Michael K. Williams.
Watch it here: