Within the last year, we have seen many important topics return to the forefront of public conversation. From the resurgence of the BLM movement to the protests over the farming crisis in India, it is clear that the world having been put on pause has allowed for serious socio-political matters to begin to gain the attention they deserve. Following on from the Beats You Love Me campaign, which acted as an ode to Black culture, INFORMAL by Beats by Dr. Dre is the socio-political series aiming to bring together artists and activists for constructive conversations that are at the heart of Black British communities.
Starring model and activist Munroe Bergdorf and “Never Forget You” singer MNEK, the show’s host Dotty presents the fourth instalment of the series this week. With a specific focus on the Black queer community at the heart of this episode, we are offered a soul-baring conversation between the trio which features confessions from the like of MNEK in which he states, “I felt the need to be this martyr, or this person of great importance to the black queer community, but I think it’s more like, I don’t know, I feel like my actions do that more. I think when I’m being myself, and I’m not worried about the way it looks, I think a lot of people find a lot of comfort in that.”
With the show having already played host to the likes of Wretch 32 and Mo Gilligan, it is clear that it offers a platform from which some of the most renowned creatives of our time can come together and contribute to the important conversation in a candid and unfiltered manner. The need for progression and change surrounding matters of social politics and justice will never die out, but, it is initiatives such as these that bring us one step closer to a brighter reality, and for that, we are very happy.
You can watch episode 4 of INFORMAL by Beats by Dr. Dre below…