Published April 18, 2017

BET MUSIC AND TIP “T.I.” HARRIS PRESENT: US OR ELSE SHORT FILM AND TOWN HALL

Following the series of deaths of unarmed Black citizens like Sandra Bland and Philando Castile at the hands of police and our current political climate, multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning artist/activist and Grand Hustle Records founder Tip "T.I." Harris was inspired to create a short film portraying the relationship between police and the Black community. Tip stars in the movie, which also features cameos by a few Grand Hustle artists.

The campaign started with the release of Tip's politically charged EP Us or Else in September 2016, which he followed up with the release of his full-length album Us or Else: Letter to the System (Dec. 2016) and a series of open letters to then-President Barack Obama, President-elect Donald Trump and U.S. citizens to express his thoughts on the transition of power and to offer a call-to-action to everyday people. Viewers can see the broadcast premiere of this mini movie Monday, April 24 at 11 p.m. ET on BET.

The Us or Else Town hall will cover in depth topics concerning police brutality, the role of the black church in inner-city communities, the image of Black people in the media, the responsibility of the artist and how to take back and own our communities.

Moderated by CNN correspondent and political pundit Angela Rye, this panel includes commentary and discussion with Tip, rapper Talib Kweli and social justice champion Tamika Mallory and airs exclusively on BET Jams and BET Soul on Tuesday, April 25 at 9 p.m. ET.