Hip-Hop Activist Killer Mike Will Not Open Barbershop Over Coronavirus Concerns
On Friday, the State of Georgia will reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic however, hip-hop artist and activist Killer Mike will not be one of those businesses.
On Monday Brian Kemp, the Governor for the state of Georgia announced that he will reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. With the mandate set to move forward on Friday, April 24th, the Governor has faced harsh criticism regarding the decision. Many businesses including the largely populated black community in Atlanta are refusing to follow suit.
During an interview with TMZ, Killer Mike born Michael Santiago Render stated that at this time he does not feel comfortable opening his barbershop. "As a citizen of the community where people look like me, I'm choosing to stay closed because I don't want to endanger" stated the rapper. He went on to explain that more people of color are dying due to the coronavirus due to pre-existing medical conditions. The rapper turned activist isn't the only one taking a stance as many black-owned businesses will remain closed until further information is made public regarding progress on the fight against the disease.
By: Jay Denson