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Killer Mike talks community activism, Atlanta’s global importance and new PBS talk show

Killer Mike, a Grammy award-winning rapper, actor, activist and entrepreneur,  is now hosting a television show series that’s airing on ATL PBA. Mike talks with "Closer Look's" program host Rose Scott about several topics, including his latest endeavor as the host of “Love & Respect with Killer Mike.”
Killer Mike, a Grammy award-winning rapper, actor, activist and entrepreneur, is now hosting a television show series that’s airing on ATL PBA. Mike talks with "Closer Look's" program host Rose Scott about several topics, including his latest endeavor as the host of “Love & Respect with Killer Mike.”
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Killer Mike says his grandmother taught him the importance of serving others and in recent years, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he has returned to his roots—living out her philosophy.

The Grammy award-winning rapper, known for his community activism and entrepreneurship, was a guest on Wednesday’s edition of “Closer Look.”

He talked with program host Rose Scott about several topics, including the night violent demonstrations erupted in downtown Atlanta following the police killing of George Floyd and he along with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, T.I., Dr. Bernice King and others, addressed protesters.

“The march that was organized, a brotha put it together from South Fulton, was an important march to have,” explained Mike. “It was an important demonstration to have. It made sense to do, you know, what follows that, or you never know the agents that’s amongst you, causing or pushing buttons— what follows that could’ve potentially not have been as effective as the demonstration was.”

He further explained that he wasn’t trying to tell people that they were wrong for rioting but trying to educate them about the significance of Atlanta and the disservice of destroying it.

“Atlanta is one of the strongest Black economic and social cities in the whole African diaspora.”

During the conversation, the rapper also talked about how he’s using his voice and curiosity to continue dialogue with change-makers, hosting “Love & Respect with Killer Mike,” a new television show series, airing on ATL PBA on Fridays and Sundays at 10 p.m.