Killer Mike is making some big waves in the news this week. The grammy-award winner will be the first recipient of the Change Maker Award at this years 2020 Billboard Music Awards. The award will be presented by the mayor of Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. and the show will be hosted by Kelly Clarkson.
Many of you know the Atlanta native from his features on Outkast’s album or from his duo with Run the Jewels. Mike won his Grammy from his feature on Outkast’s hit song , “The Whole World“. Not only is Killer Mike a rapper, he is a social-political activist.
The rapper has used his public platform to speak out against social issues, specifically: police brutality, inequality in Black communities and race relations. In addition to his fight for social justice, he also has partnered with his friend, Ryan Glover to create Greenwood.
Greenwood is a new digital bank, that is owned and operated by majority Black and Latino. Their sole mission is to provide banking for communities that are interested in supporting Black-owned businesses. They will specialize in financing Black and Latino entrepreneurs that may face issues obtaining loans from conglomerate bank companies.