Forget about what white people are doing or what Trump is doing. What are you doing? ~ Tamika Mallory

Tamika D. Mallory is a nationally recognized civil rights leader and anti-violence advocate. She is the NYC co-chair for the Gun Violence Awareness Month Initiative, a statewide program of education and awareness around gun violence intervention and prevention. Founder of Mallory Consulting, a strategic planning firm in New York City, Tamika is a regular contributor for Essence Magazine and NewsOne.com, and has been featured on national outlets such TV One, CNN, MSNBC and BET. Her tireless activism earned her public praise as “a leader of tomorrow” by Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie B. Jarrett.

Tamika D. Mallory is an activist, the founder of Mallory Consulting, and the national co-chair for the Women’s March. She is an advocate for stronger gun restrictions, equal rights for women, health care, and ethical police conduct. Mallory was born and raised by activists Stanley and Voncile Mallory in New York City. She grew up in the Manhattanville Houses in Manhattan and moved to Co-Op City in the Bronx when she was 14. Her parents were founding members of Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN), a leading civil rights organization throughout the United States. Their work in NAN influenced Mallory and her interests in social justice and civil rights. Mallory is a single mother to her son Tarique. Sixteen years ago, her son’s father, Jason Ryans, was beaten, stabbed, shot and killed after stealing two firearms from a friend he sold drugs with. Mallory explains that her experience with NAN taught her to react to this tragedy with activism. Her son is now 18 and an active member of NAN.

Hip-Hop Vs. Trump’: Day 2 Highlights from Revolt Music Conference 2017: Live-streamed from the Ocean Tower I ballroom at the Eden Roc Miami Beach, the 45-minute session went into overtime for another 15-20 minutes as artists, activists and journalists — plus an impassioned audience — discussed ways to harness the power of hip-hop to effectively challenge and foster change in the Trump era. Heated conversation points ranged from racism in America, the NFL knee controversy and Jemele Hill’s suspension from ESPN to advertiser boycotts, African Americans’ high unemployment rate (quoted as now three-times higher than whites’ since Trump took office) and gearing up to support favored candidates in the forthcoming mid-term elections.

(“The things that I’m saying on this album isn’t what you hear rappers saying or speaking about. You know what I mean? It’s really topics that I think need to be discussed more in music.”)

To fervent applause and shouts, Joey Bada$$ said, “What’s missing is that we haven’t found a way yet to respond as a body of people. We’re on Twitter and other places, but there’s no team in our response. We need to pull together more.” Applauding Joey’s comments, XXL’s Satten added, “It seems very hard to involve the younger group to be as passionate. There are definitely some rappers who are doing their part. But I don’t know if we have a musical revolution now as we had in the ’60s during the civil rights movement.”

Audience member Tamika D. Mallory, co-chair of the Women’s March, pointedly challenged everyone to do their part moving forward. Mallory noted that the Women’s March raised $3 million without “one corporate dollar period” through average donations of $25. Addressing the room, she said, “You’ve got makeup on, wearing nice clothes but we have to ask, ‘Are we supporting the people really doing the work?’ Having this one panel and then not continuing the dialogue in our communities on a regular level is problematic. Forget about what white people are doing or what Trump is doing. What are you doing?”

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