Def Jam Forward presents BLACK & BLUE, a live conversation on the issues of police brutality and generational over-policing that have persisted in Black and Brown communities. BLACK & BLUE will be moderated by New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and United States Representative for New York’s 8th congressional district Hakeem Jeffries as a special guest. The panelists will include community activist & former NBA player Royce White, retired NYPD officer Ronald Colter, and Def Jam Recordings artists Chuck DJadakissBobby Sessions. The panel discussion will stream live on Def Jam’s Facebook & YouTube starting at 5 PM EST on Tuesday, September 29. 

Def Jam Forward is a task force committed to fostering a community that values, promotes and demands respect, freedom, equal opportunity and justice for Black lives.

Our goal is social, economic and educational equality for every Black person in our community, starting with our own artists, staff and colleagues. Our commitment to equality means, we will examine and amend our internal practices, as well as support organizations on the frontlines of the fight for change.

As a company, we are uniquely positioned to be a thought leader within the music industry and the world at large. As members of this task force, and ambassadors of its message, it is imperative that we embody and implement a roadmap to lasting and meaningful change.