According to Shadow and Act, Tip “T.I.” Harris was inspired to create a short film portraying the relationship between police and the black community following a series of deaths of unarmed black citizens at the hands of police like Sandra Bland and Philando Castile. Tip stars in the movie, along with cameos by a few Grand Hustle artists.
The campaign started with the release of Tip’s politically-charged EP “Us or Else” in September 2016; which he followed up with the release with his full-length album “Us or Else: Letter to the System” (Dec. 2016) and a series of open letters to then-President Barack Obama, President-elect Donald Trump and U.S. citizens to express his thoughts on the transition of power and to offer a call-to-action to everyday people. Viewers can see the broadcast premiere of this mini movie Monday, April 24 at 11pm ET on BET.
The “Us or Else” Town hall will cover in-depth topics on police brutality, the role of the black church in inner city communities, the image of black people in the media, the responsibility of the artist and how to take back and own our communities.
Moderated by CNN Correspondent and political pundit, Angela Rye, this panel includes commentary and discussion with Tip, rapper Talib Kweli and social justice champion Tamika Mallory, and airs exclusively on BET Jams and BET Soul at Tuesday, April 25 at 9PM ET.