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Aloe Blacc Named Inaugural Belafonte Fellow

We are thrilled to announce that Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer Aloe Blacc is The Action Lab’s inaugural Belafonte Fellow. 

The Action Lab’s Belafonte Initiative envisions a dual purpose: to support artists committed to social justice whose vision will point the way to a new, more equitable world and leverage the tools of artistic practice to strengthen, embolden, and expand the ability of our movements, our organizations, and our politics to move us more boldly to action anchored in our vision and values. 
Founding Board Member of the Action Lab Harry Belafonte is heralded for both his artistic ingenuity and support for humtanitarian ideals. He was an early, vocal supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, a confidant of Martin Luther King Jr., and a financial backer of many forms of protest, including the 1963 March on Washington and Freedom Summer of 1964. Throughout his career, he has advocated for an array of political and humanitarian causes, including the South African anti-Apartheid Movement, equal rights for women, juvenile justice, climate change, and the decolonization of Africa. His wisdom and insights shape our commitment to centering cultural change as core to liberation. 
The Belafonte Fellowship supports artists to pursue work that nourishes the intrinsic human capacity for imagination and ingenuity and moves us to action.

Aloe Blacc’s Freedom Writers Songwriting Lab, to begin this Fall, will be an intensive songwriter’s workshop that gives independent and established artists the opportunity to think deeply and creatively about the stories they want to tell and issues they want to explore, in partnership with musicians and producers, organizers, and activists. Participants will benefit from collaborating with Aloe alongside other experienced music producers, justice leaders, and artists in an environment that focuses on the craft and execution of songwriting through the lens of social justice and movement work.