Former Bad Boy Entertainment star-turned-politician, Jamal “Shyne” Barrow, is currently running for Prime Minister in his home country of Belize.
Barrow made international headlines in November 2020 when he was elected as an official government leader in Belize. His name was all over the headlines again last month when he was appointed as the opposition leader.
Barrow says he hopes his story can inspire future generations.
“My hope is that my story, my journey — from Belize to Brooklyn, to the top of the Billboard charts, Grammy Awards, to incarceration and to the House of Representatives and the Leader of the Opposition — can serve as an inspiration for today’s youth,” he told REVOLT. “I want those who have been indoctrinated to believe there’s nothing else out there besides gangsters and gangbangers, to know that there is hope and opportunities for them.”
REVOLT is airing a special episode of REVOLT Black
News to bring awareness to the country’s injustice against the rising politician.
“Shyne is a man that transformed his life and should be celebrated for becoming a symbol of hope, not villainized and punished for a moment in his past,” said Sean Combs. “Shyne has earned the right to have this opportunity and proven he’s qualified, so the rules shouldn’t be rewritten just to deny him that chance.”
“REVOLT is committed to telling global stories that reflect the collective fight for freedom and justice across the diaspora,” said Detavio Samuels, CEO of REVOLT. “We created REVOLT Black News to be a flagship program that can deliver truth and valuable perspective in critical moments like this to prove our news has the power to ignite real change in the world.”
The episode first aired on Wednesday, July 14th, on REVOLT’s YouTube channel. You can watch the full interview below.