Houston Music

Rappers Take Leading Role in Local Michael Brown Rallies

Thursday afternoon, a call to arms occurred in Houston following the mass protest in Ferguson, Mo. after an unarmed black teenager was shot dead by a police officer last weekend. The announcement was peaceful, urging two separate protests and demonstrations of unity within the community.

The first, put together by Houston rapper Hoodstar Chantz, drew a respectable crowd despite the short notice. An image created by the rapper circulated on Instagram and Twitter, urging people to come out to Discovery Green.

"Peace For Justice Houston will not be us standing outside holding sins screaming we want peace," Chantz said in a caption. "Its [sic] basically a get together for ANYONE who wants to understand how we can actually make change in our country and how we plan on going about that mission. NO IGNORANCE OR VIOLENCE IS INVOLVED WHAT SO EVER."

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Brandon Caldwell has been writing about music and news for the Houston Press since 2011. His work has also appeared in Complex, Noisey, the Village Voice & more.
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