Rapper, singer, and songwriter, 6lack has announced a new partnership with Johnnie Walker and Blacktag. He had a show stopping performance at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival to celebrate “Black Art is Forever”, a celebration of Black creators and Black art hosted by Kenya Barris (the creator of the ABC sitcom, Black-ish). The event also honored recipients of the First Strides Creator Grant.
The work that Johnnie Walker and partners Blacktag – a global platform that aims to create economic empowerment for Black artists and technologists –and Kenya Barris are doing to spotlight and inspire Black creators and the community resonated with 6lack, and why he wanted to partner up with them and join them in celebrating and inspiring all rising creators so that they can feel empowered in continuing their amazing work.
They have a First Strides Creator Grant program, empowering the economic advancement of Black creators as part of their ‘First Strides’ initiative, which is so important for amplifying the voices of the community and enabling future generations of artists.
The Knockturnal’s correspondent, Payton Wilson, sat down exclusively with 6lack to discuss his partnership with Johnnie Walker, new music, LVRN, working with Eli Derby, East Atlanta Love Letter, his dream collaborators, and more.