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Usher is in full fledged activist mode right now. After releasing his powerful police brutality video, “Chains” on TIDAL, he, Jay-Z and Harry Belafonte are continuing the conversation.

This week, in Manhattan at the Kaufmann Concert Hall, journalist Soledad O’Brien moderated “Breaking the Chains” where the three artists discussed ways in which to combat police brutality and other social injustices.

It’s worth noting that Jay-Z and Harry Belafonte in the same room is historic in itself. The Civil Rights activist previously called out Hov and Beyonce for “…turning their back on social responsibility…”

When asked if he could be doing more to help the less fortunate, Jay-Z slickly replied, “My presence is charity” He also clapped back on the Maga Carta Holy Grail track “Nickels and Dimes” (“I’m just trying to find common ground / Before Mr. Belafonte come and chop a n*** down / Mr. Day-O, major fail”)

We’re elated to see that time has healed all and the legends understand that their presence and their united front helps to impact a younger generation of artists and activists.

History is what we make of it… Past or Present. Thank you for allowing me to be your book end. Standing on the shoulders of gaints or sitting next to em. I hold every moment we've shared as something more precious than gold. Mr. Belafonte, I look to you as a father, a brother, an uncle, a friend but mostly as an example and point of reference. Keeping us on track for true success as a society of dreamers being awakened from the nightmares that confine and restrain us. I'm ignited by your energy, fellowshipping and brainstorming with you has led to some of the greatest moments I will ever recount in this life. Thank you for your words and wisdom. I only hope to be half as sharp as you are at (88) I am fueled by your optimism in the face of adversity. You overstand the definition of dedication….you should be far more celebrated by the youth, and our elders for your steadfast commitment. You are the expression of heartwork. I truly love you. Usher IV

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