Are systems really broken if they work exactly as they were designed? That is a major question KJ Kearney poses in his talk. Listen to his very poignant exposure of the systems that are working for the pockets of few, on the backs of many.

KJ Kearney is a creator, a fashion writer, self-proclaimed pot stirrer, and now politician. In this segment of BROKEN, KJ discusses his experience that led him to run for senate seat, and what systems are currently impeding progress, making large profits, and causing our communities severe detriments. Watch as he smoothly weaves comedy and demise into one solid analysis of broken systems in society.

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About the speaker

A native of North Charleston, KJ is a product of Charleston County public schools and a proud 2005 graduate of South Carolina State University, where he graduated with honors.

A 2015 recipient of the Summerville Councilmen’s Award for his work in the community, KJ has served as a basketball coach for elementary school students on the East side of the Charleston Peninsula, substitute teacher, and as a columnist for the Charleston City Paper where he routinely wrote about economic disparity, race inequality, social injustices, and hip-hop culture. His writing recently earned him two nominations for the AAN Awards, which highlights the best alt-news writing in the US and Canada.

KJ is also the founder of H1GHER LEARNING, a new non-profit organization that plans on using hip-hop culture to teach life skills to at-risk students and of the FAKE RACE, the world’s only “running themed trap dance party”. KJ recently won the Democratic nomination for South Carolina House of Representatives District 15 and is using his experiences to create a company that demystifies the political process for youth using the power of hip-hop culture.

He has a Twitter account that he barely uses but loves Instagram and you can follow him on both platforms via Twitter: @H1GHER Instagram: @H1GHER

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Are you prepared to pay five dollars for something you're used to paying two dollars for? It's very easy for us to say we want to change the criminal justice system until you realize that your favorite cups that you buy your coffee in are made in a jail. Are you willing to spend that extra dollar to destroy systems like this? I can't answer that question. Only you can. — KJ Kearney

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