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article imageRapper Talib Kweli partners with mtvU to fight human trafficking

By Layne Weiss     Jan 31, 2013 in Entertainment
Rapper Talib Kweli will be lending his voice to an interactive anti-human trafficking campaign launched by MTV's college network, mtvU.
The project is called "The Backstory" and was inspired by four students at James Madison University in Virginia.
Upon entering the site, viewers can select from a series of ads to learn about the painful stories of human trafficking involving prostitution and forced labor, CNN reports.
"Backstory" shows viewers on how anyone can become a victim of human trafficking, while also providing education on ways to fight it.
The videos feature dancers from Ailey II, a dance academy founded by dancer, choreographer Alvin Ailey with music scored by Kenna, and words spoken by Talib Kweli, RapFix reports.
The text Kweli reads was inspired by the real-life accounts of the survivors of modern-day slavery and human trafficking. "Students are always the vanguard of a movement, so when they move onto something as important as human trafficking, I stand with them. This is a creative way to bring a travesty to the forefront, and to make a difference," the rapper said.
According to CNN, Ailey II's artistic director, Troy Powell, said of the campaign: "Ailey II is honored to provide the visual embodiment of these powerful backstories of human, labor, and sex trafficking. This is the first time we have participated in an effort such as this one, and it is rewarding to bring awareness to such a worthy cause."
For the last three years, January has been Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
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