When her mother died in May. Montgomery artist Roosevelt “YunRo” Williams said he took a break to focus on things that would have made her proud.
In many ways, he had already achieved this, going from a regular rap artist to positive music, in addition to fighting against gun violence, serving as a mentor for young people and being a father.
“My mom was happy that I was able to change my life and make an impact in my community,” said YunRo, who, in addition to being a musical artist from Montgomery, is a podcast host and anti-violence activist. outspoken.
On Friday, he helps organize a back-to-school blast from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 810 E. South Blvd. Along with YunRo, it will feature JusDri, gospel rapper Vy Moon, gospel singers Eric Nettles and Audrianna Davis-Jones, worship dancer Alexis Craig, motivational speakers Ashlen Nettles and pastor Tijuanna Adetunji and worship teams .
Food trucks will be there. Community resource providers will also be on site. K-12 students will receive free school supplies and backpacks.
The event is organized by YunRo’s nonprofit Street Life Community Development Corporation, along with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and the Bible Fellowship Apostolic Church.
“I’m still walking my path with Christ and trying to spread the message of positivity,” YunRo said.
YunRo received the Community Service Award at the Alabama Music Awards on July 24. He was also nominated in the AMA Gospel Artist and Spoken Word categories.
“I appreciate people following me and supporting me for voting me,” YunRo said. “It’s really a testament to my story. I feel like God is really directing my life, and I’m going to follow him and follow his purpose. I’m grateful to be a vessel. He’s using me.”
YunRo is in the studio working on a soon-to-be-released new single titled “I Pray.”
“I have an EP I’m working on as well,” he said. “I hope to be done in November.”
The return of YunRo’s “Wake Up Montgomery” podcast is also coming for its fourth season.
“A lot of people asked me about it, and we will definitely come back,” YunRo said. “It’s going to be amazing.”
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