Vic Mensa Hits D.C. to Protest Gun Violence As He Readies Inaugural Chicago Event
A year after Vic Mensa started his SaveMoneySaveLife Foundation to help Chicago residents in underserved areas train to become first responders in treating victims of gun violence, among other programs, the foundation is launching an awards show -- and expanding its efforts beyond Mensa’s hometown.
Slated for April 12 in Chicago, the as-yet-unnamed event is not your average trophy fest. Instead, it will recognize global music artists who’ve excelled in five areas: anti-gun violence, sustainable change, environmental works, love and compassion, and youth and mentorship. The awards will also include artist performances, which are in the works and under wraps until the official announcement on March 16—SaveMoneySaveLife’s one-year anniversary.
“We’re positioning it like the Grammy Awards, but instead of best album, we’re going to have awards for biggest contribution [to end] gun violence, and other special awards,” said Laundi Keepseagle, director of the foundation, who hinted to Billboard one of the performances will be by a disbanded R&B/soul act whose members are coming together for the event.