By Donte Chase Bridges
Chicago, IL– On Thursday, September 5, The NFL, partnered with Roc Nation, kicks off the premiere pre-game concert in Chicago’s Grant Park, located at 337 E Randolph St., near Chicago’s historical landmark, Buckingham Fountain. The live pre-game celebration is open to the public from 12:30 PM through 10:30 PM. The concert will begin right before the anticipated season opener between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers.
Although the season-opening concert may seem like a normal occasion, the optics behind this event contains much more of a political undertone than first meets the eye. In recent news, rap legend Jay-z has been buried in controversy after collaborating with the NFL to bring awareness to the problem of Police Brutality. In correlation, the pre-game concert is a steppingstone to Jumpstart the Initiative, Inspire Change Advocacy Program, so that time and resources can be dedicated to this social cause.
“Meek Mill is one of my favorite artists, you know. He’s one of the top five rappers out; I use to hear Rhapsody all the time this is just my first time being able to see her perform,” said fan John Thompson.
The Change initiative was sparked by the demonstrations (Taking A Knee during the National Anthem) done by former 49’s Quarterback Colin Kaepernick to bring a public eye to racial injustice in America. Beyond Colin’s expectation, the movement has now gained momentum and manifested into actual programs -sponsored by the NFL- to spread the message on a worldwide platform. Thursday’s pre-game concert will symbolize The Change Initiative’s goal of raising money to counteract racial disparity in the U.S.
“I want to come down to see them perform because I don’t have any tickets to the Bear’s game this year, so I decided I was going to go and watch the concert and game on the big screen down there. I wanted to take my sons to an opener, and I think this would be the best way to do it,” said Bears fan Michael Edwards
Grammy-nominated rapper and Social Activist Meek Mills is set to perform at this year’s NFL Pre-Game Concert at 6:30 PM. Along Side Meek Mills, fellow rapper Rhapsody and Pop Artist Meghan Trainer will blaze the stage before Thursday night’s season Opener. The three artists look to represent the Initiative’s movement displaying their talents through song and dance
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