“It is About Stepping Up”: Trae Tha Reality Takes House 2021 Billboard Change Maker Award

"It's About Stepping Up": Trae Tha Truth Takes Home 2021

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On Sunday, Tina Knowles-Lawson took the stage on the 2021 Billboard Music Awards to honor rapper and activist Trae Tha Reality with the second annual change maker award, first awarded to Killer Mike in 2020. “Trae Tha Reality is a modern-day superhero. He simply would not put on the cape,” Tina mentioned whereas introducing the star, who has turn into a hometown hero in Houston, main voter-registration drives, organizing demonstrations in opposition to police brutality, and standing up for these in want. “Trae Tha Reality is a legend in Houston with a coronary heart as massive as Texas. He is a gifted rapper, a voice for social change, and a real humanitarian whose work touches cities throughout the nation. His title is so becoming as a result of Trae actually is the reality.”

Within the wake of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Trae started the Reduction Gang, a volunteer group based to distribute provides and supply shelter for these affected by the hurricane. In 2008, Trae based Angel By Nature, a Houston-based group devoted to serving to underserved youth and people affected by hardship. Following the loss of life of his buddy George Floyd, Trae additionally organized a protest attended by greater than 60,000 individuals. Because of his advocacy and dedication to serving to his group, Trae is honored by his family and friends in Houston each July 22, aka Trae Day.

“It is time for us to vary the narrative and take management of our personal story proper about now.”

“Coming from the place I come from, nothing was ever promised,” Trae mentioned throughout his acceptance speech on Sunday. “I mentioned if I ever obtained a place, I might be there for these in want, whether or not it’s aiding the little homies in music, whether or not it’s aiding people who find themselves in want of reduction, or whether or not it is simply combating on the frontline for individuals who cannot battle for themselves . . . I am one of many ones who represents the wrestle and the much less lucky.”

Trae added that giving up isn’t an possibility, and with the intention to see change, we should make it occur. “In terms of change, it is essential. That is why this award’s so essential to me, man,” he mentioned. “It is essential to vary individuals’s lives. It is essential to vary the ideas of those that quit at instances, and it is essential to vary issues that wasn’t designed for our greatest curiosity . . . It is time for us to vary the narrative and take management of our personal story proper about now. It is about stepping up, not taking no for a solution, and if me, I by no means quit.”

On the finish of his speech, Trae thanked Tina and Beyoncé for his or her unwavering religion in him, saying, “There’s instances when different individuals would not stand for me, they all the time stood, when others determined to miss [me].” True to his trigger, Trae closed out the speech by demanding justice for Breonna Taylor. Watch Trae’s total transferring speech on the BBMAs under.

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