Quavo, a member of the hip-hop group Migos, endured a traumatic experience when he witnessed his nephew Takeoff being shot last year. He has expressed that this distressing event is something he wishes nobody else would have to go through.
Quavo discovered his calling as a passionate spokesperson against the use of firearms, despite enduring personal anguish. On Wednesday, he is scheduled to engage in private meetings with influential political figures and participate in a panel discussion at the Congressional Black Caucus legislative conference in Washington. The focus of this discourse will be on strategies to combat gun violence.
Quavo remarked that he believes one's calling often arises at unforeseen moments. He, along with his Migos bandmate Offset, paid tribute to his nephew at the BET Awards earlier this summer.
According to authorities, Takeoff was an unintended victim of a shooting incident that occurred outside a bowling alley in Houston. The altercation stemmed from a dispute over a high-stakes dice game, which ultimately escalated into gunfire. Unfortunately, this tragic event marks the most recent occurrence of fatal shootings involving notable hip-hop artists like Nipsey Hussle, Pop Smoke, PnB Rock, and Young Dolph.
On Wednesday, Quavo will participate in a panel discussion with Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, Rep. Lucy McBath (whose activism was sparked by the tragic loss of her son), and Greg Jackson from the Community Justice Action Fund. The focus of the conversation will be on finding solutions to community intervention strategies, addressing the ongoing issue of gun violence, and harnessing the power of advocacy.
Jackson praised Quavo for his influential voice and commended him for engaging with members of Congress. He highlighted the rapper's valuable contribution in sharing personal experiences and exerting pressure on lawmakers to bring about significant changes.
Quavo has made significant progress in his efforts. Last year, the rapper and his family established the Rocket Foundation as a tribute to Takeoff, and he pledged $2 million towards community violence intervention. His goal is to create additional after-school programs in areas where community centers have closed down and basketball hoops have been removed.According to Quavo, it is crucial to engage young people in productive activities within a safe environment. He has already reached out for support from fellow hip-hop artist Meek Mill, who has been actively involved in criminal justice reform.However, Quavo acknowledges that he requires more political support in order to efficiently allocate much-needed resources for those who are less fortunate.
Quavo says Hes committed to change all the way up to the White House.