[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Music’s political and social impact penetrates loudly today as it has in years past. Recent conversations coming out of this month’s Mondo.NYC music and tech conference echo this philosophy at heightened decimal levels.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”6428″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

“Music has the ability to shape perceptions among what is visible, thinkable and understandable,” — Rev. Al Sharpton

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”MUSIC & POLITICS: A CONVERSATION WITH REV. AL SHARPTON” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A conversation with civil rights activist and commentator Rev. Al Sharpton explored the intersection of politics and music. The conversation was moderated by Tech This Out America podcast personality Osei “The Dark Secret”.

According to Rev. Sharpton, “the theme of politics and music is timely because of the upcoming presidential election and the general dynamics of the national political environment. Music has the ability to shape perceptions among what is visible, thinkable and understandable. Music has been used as a political tool for protest, propaganda and resistance. As a genre, hip-hop has become increasingly more impactful in its political and cultural influence.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”WOMEN IN MUSIC PRESENT GENDER & DIVERSITY” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Women In Music (WIM) hosted an insightful panel at Mondo opening up critical conversations around what diversity means in the music community and how society can take part in making it more inclusive. To that end, the panel dug into new data on the status of diversity and inclusion in the music industry and relayed how to each take an active role in improving their business and their culture for a brighter tomorrow. Moderated by Kameelah Benjamin-Fuller, Artist, Founder of G-Rock Music; Dir. of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, TripAdvisor, the panel was comprised of noted speakers from Forbes, Concord, Pandora, SiriusXM and more.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”6464″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Music’s political and social impact penetrates as loudly today as it has in years past. One could argue that music’s role is even more boisterous today as it relates to the issues of our times. However, it is not Socially Sparked News nor my place to attest to that — so we won’t!. Regardless, we are Socially Sparked! — tweet us @sosparkednews & @asparks01[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]