You know when you meet people who make you want to take action? Those people who remind you that you can play a part in making the world a better place? That’s how we’d describe hanging out with Mona Haydar. She’s a rapper from Flint, Michigan who speaks her mind with a firmness that can only be admired.

Mona is many things, along with being a musician she’s a Syrian-American, an activist, an academic, a mother, and an artist. Her debut song ‘Hijabi (Wrap My Hijab)’ was named one of 2017’s Top Protest Songs by Billboard, and her star is continuing to rise. Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Mona to discuss how activism drives her art, and how music became such a prominent fixture in her life.

“I want to talk about love and unity, but I also want to talk about how we can get there.”

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