National Urban League has teamed up with Saban Music Group (SMG) singer, songwriter, and producer Nakkia Gold on the release of her latest single “Justice (Get Up, Stand Up)” featuring Grammy® and Golden Globe® Award-nominated recording artist Wiz Khalifa, Bob Marley and The Wailers.
As part of The National Urban League’s 21 Pillars for Redefining Public Safety and Restoring Community Trust, “Justice (Get Up, Stand Up)” will serve as a staple song during the organization’s efforts to change the status quo on policing policies, accountability, transparency, and community safety. In recognition of the anniversary George Floyd’s death on May 25th, The National Urban League will advocate for specific reforms throughout May and rally changemakers to take action within their local communities.
A new interpretation of the 1973 classic “Get Up, Stand Up” by Bob Marley and The Wailers, “Justice (Get Up, Stand Up)” captures the nation’s reawakening of its long history of oppression and human rights issues. Los Angeles native Nakkia Gold’s bold and influential message on justice comes at a salient and defining moment of our lifetime.
“From the spirituals that arose from our ancestors’ bondage to the conscious hip-hop of today, music has always been an integral element of the struggle for racial justice and equality,” National Urban League President Marc H. Morial said. “With Nakkia Gold’s powerful melody and Wiz Khalifa’s heartfelt rhymes set against the Wailers’ signature anthem for change, “Justice” evokes a spirit of unity and solidarity among oppressed and marginalized everywhere.”
From homelessness to sucess as a respected singer and songwriter, Nakkia Gold is paving a way for herself within the Hip Hop and R&B realm. Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Nakkia overcame many hurdles early on, from poverty to career setbacks. What seemed promising to her was music, which became an outlet for her expression and storytelling. On the strength of “Justice,” Saban Music Group immediately signed Nakkia, who quickly caught the attention and won the blessing of Bob Marley’s daughter, Cedella Marley. In response to the various issues impacting minority communities across the globe, Nakkia is taking action her way through the release of “Justice (Get Up, Stand Up).”
“It is important that we support organizations such as The National Urban League. I feel the responsibility to use my platform to further the conversation about social injustice. We have to work towards leveling the playing field so that children independently of color, race, or creed have the opportunity to reach their full potential,” states Nakkia Gold.
This marks The National Urban League’s first collaboration on a national hip-hop song since 1989, when KRS-One-led supergroup The Stop The Violence Movement dedicated the hit single “Self Destruction” to the organization’s anti-violence and education initiatives.
Nikki Mason, known professionally as Nakkia Gold, is a singer, songwriter, and producer from Los Angeles, California. A lifelong performer who grew up with a natural talent for singing and dancing, Nakkia Gold is the latest artist to join Saban Music Group (SMG) roster.
Inspired by her core belief that “music tells a story,” Nakkia Gold distinguishes herself and empowers her audience with her soulful and arresting voice that weaves a tapestry of emotion, sound, and rich, melodic texture rooted in R&B and Hip Hop.
About National Urban League:
The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities.
The National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its 90 local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research, and advocacy, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people annually nationwide. Visit www.nul.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @NatUrbanLeague.
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