Vic Mensa, poet Aja Monet to perform at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! music fest

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Conscious rapper Vic Mensa will be joined by poet and activist Aja Monet at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! music festival in Brooklyn, New York on Friday, July 8. 

Kicking off at 7:30 p.m. ET, at the Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park, each of the artists will showcase their talents for a night concert celebrating the power of art to make change.

A South Side, Chicago native, Mensa can be known for using his voice and platform to advocate for social change, starting with efforts in his hometown and including the creation of the environmental justice foundation called Save Life Save Money.

In 2018, Mensa opened up about his social work to XXL Magazine. “Chicago, I feel, is a microcosm for the segregated, violent environment that is America,” he said. “I try to not only speak about these things in music, but also try to address these things in real life tangibly with action.”

As for Brooklyn native Monet, who’s known to be a change agent in the poetry space, she was nominated for an NAACP Literary Award in 2018 and was recognized for her cultural organizing work in South Florida the following year.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! is a free music festival featuring performances, food and culture-forward events. The 44th annual fest kicked off on June 8 and runs through Aug. 6. For a full list of experiences and guests, visit

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