Tino is an American hip-hop artist based in Dayton, Ohio. Here at Independent Music News, we’re big fans of his music. He is vocal about injustice in both his lyrics and his online presence, and he was kind enough to come on Zoom and speak about the current situation in America. Systemic, structural racism is deeply rooted in our society, and having a conversation about it is one of the best tools in furthering this knowledge. One thing I admire about Tino is his ability to make complicated concepts more straightforward, so I knew that he’d have a particularly valuable insight for our audience at this time.
People are right when they say silence is the voice of the oppressor. Every sane person is heartbroken and outraged right now by the current situation in the US, but I felt that rushing to add my voice to the discussion would add nothing of value right now. So instead, I decided to reach out, listen, and use the platform to do something positive amidst all of this. We discuss Tino’s experience growing up as a black male, systematic oppression, the corrupt prison system and how social media can be a force for good, even if the people at the top don’t want it to be. So please listen to what he has to say and share because the revolution is live.