Jai Yoko: The Voice The People Need To Know
Established creative Jai Yoko is the voice that the black community needs to hear. As she continuously uses her platform to spark social justice in America, her and some fellow colleagues teamed up to launch The FORBES List movement. With the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Jai Yoko knows that her voice as an activist is more prevalent than ever. Her experience in the entertainment business has prepared her to use creativity to spark change in America.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Jai for candid conversation discussing The Forbes List, using art for activism and
Jai Yoko Interview
What was the inspiration behind the Forbes List movement?
Jai Yoko: To create a space where social justice activism meets the Entertainment & Sports industry. We are heavy on the activism! Our founders, myself, Jai Yoko and Attorney Shannon Ligon are not only volunteers but actually protest and litigate cases for creatives and police brutality; while we both work in entertainment and music; this was a natural brand partnership to build and serve in social justice.
What are some of the movements you all have launched?
Jai Yoko: One of our founders, Attorney Shannon A. Ligon, is assisting in the lawsuit protecting art, First Amendment Rights for creatives & the Social Justice for the life and legacy of police brutality and shooting victim #RaymondHerissee. We’ve had our athletes and founders, organize marches, unveil art murals and other social justice activism in their communities as well as litigate police brutality and discrimination cases.
How do you all use your art for activism?
Jai Yoko: Now we are interested in gathering and organizing creatives in entertainment and sports and encourage them to submit their information to us at www.TheFORBESList.com as we are working in a collaborative project for music as well as many other media and social justice opportunities.
Just during June 2020 our NFL and professions athletes participated in the installation and curating of art and projects such as all the BLM murals in St. Petersburg, FL.
Many of these projects potentially have certain city and arts funding attached to them. If artists and creative has have relationships with their communities in these organizations they can easily activate certain projects.
JAI YOKO INTERVIEW CONT'D
How has the killing of Breonna Taylor at the hands of the police impacted your life?
Jai Yoko: As black female/ it’s difficult to see that you can be peacefully in your own home with your family and still suffer from police brutality. The sanity and safety of black females and our communities is at an all-time high. My circle and I encourage everyone to do their best form of self care, therapy and take care of themselves and families. It’s also motivates me to keep fighting for reform. I’ve got two sons, nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters—all who’s future I have to fight for.
In what ways do you plan to help get the officers who executed her convicted? How can others get involved?
Jai Yoko: We encourage people to visit our site, submit their info to www.TheFORBESList.com and follow our founders @JaiYokoENT & @ThatsMyLawyer who’s pages provide arts and industry resources as well as creating has brand partnerships with organizations such as www.LawyersMatters.org which also has volunteer and social justice opportunities available.
What does it mean to be black in America?
Jai Yoko: To be black in America is to be in constant conflict. Being strong yet being attacked, Being creative yet constrained, and Being black is part of our legacy. Our voices and stories must be told.
To continue to support all of Jai Yoko's efforts to end injustice in America, follow her on social media @jaiokoent.
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