*Rapper and activist Common appeared on the second episode of Nat Geo’s six-part documentary series “Activate: The Global Citizen Movement,” which focused on the New York’s cash bail system and how it impacts the poor and people of color.
Common’s episode aired Thursday night, showing him at the Brooklyn Detention Complex where he bailed out a stranger who couldn’t afford it.
Usher was also featured on the episode, which highlighted activists who have “been instrumental in pushing through New York state’s bail reform” and explored “flaws in the current cash bail system and why we need to end it,” per New York Daily News.
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Half a million people are in jails across the US simply because they can’t afford bail. I’ve teamed up with @GlblCtzn to help change this – please join myself and @Common on #ACTIVATE TONIGHT at 10/9c on @NatGeoChannel and online at https://t.co/OCfqAoihWE. @ProcterGamble pic.twitter.com/hj2WUQZOgv
— Usher Raymond IV (@Usher) September 13, 2019
Each episode of Procter & Gamble and National Geographic’s docuseries tackles different issues of inequality and chronicles a call to action. Artists featured in the series include: Hugh Jackman, Gayle King, Pharrell Williams and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
“P&G and our brands are committed to using our voice to address critical issues facing our world today,” said Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer of P&G. “We’ve been working on these issues for decades and through ACTIVATE we intend to leverage our broad, global reach of nearly five billion consumers to educate and inspire global citizens.”
It’s a crime to be poor in America. Watch @common, @Usher, and others campaign to end cash bail when #ACTIVATE airs Thursday on @NatGeoChannel and at https://t.co/vWdeBmCpVx. @ProcterGamble pic.twitter.com/LqqURxI2Fj
— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) September 11, 2019
Common and Usher teamed up with Global Citizen and grassroots organizers “to attempt to achieve historic criminal justice reform by ending the use of cash bail in New York state.”
“People sitting in jail just because you don’t have the money … it’s not what justice is supposed to be,” the rapper said. “Justice shouldn’t be based on finance, justice should be based on justice.”
“Activate: The Global Citizen Movement” airs at 9 p.m. Thursdays on National Geographic channel.