A Newark, New Jersey hip hop artist from the Golden Age of Hip Hop takes on politics as a candidate in the fiercely competitive Council-At-Large position in the upcoming May 8 elections.

Ark Republic sits down with Dupré Kelly, a member of the formidable 1990s hip hop group, The Lords of the Underground to talk about his campaign for the Council-at-Large seat in Newark, New Jersey.

Reared in the West Ward, Kelly, who has been involved in a number of community programs throughout the world, came home to stake his claim in the rapidly growing city, just 20 minutes from NYC. The question surrounding our discussion is, “Who has a seat at the table?” Most certainly, hip hop will ensure that it has a place in Newark’s future.


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Tasha Curtis is an editor for film and TV.
Kaia Niambi Shivers covers diaspora, news and features.
Jennifer Wager is an award-winning filmmaker and documentarian. She also is a communications professor and director communications at an NJ college.

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