David Banner will return for the sixth season of ABFF Independent. The music producer, recording artist, and actor will return on Tuesday, July 11 at 8 p.m. ET.
ABFF Independent is a weekly one-hour show on Aspire Network that presents the best independent shorts and documentaries from emerging black artists. This new season of ABFF Independent will feature films involving humor, love, desperation, and determination.
David Banner started his music career as a member of the rap duo, Crooked Lettaz. In 2000 he went solo with the release of the album Them Firewater Boyz, Vol. 1. Along with being a music artist, Banner has worked on the Adult Swim show, That Crook’d ‘Sipp, which premiered Sunday, May 13, 2007.
His single “Play” was used as the background music in the pilot’s first television promo. He also played the character of Mo in the film This Christmas and starred as Jay, a gang leader from the hood in Stomp the Yard: Homecoming.
Banner goes far beyond just being an entertainer, however. He is an avid activist and humanitarian. Banner was awarded a Visionary Award by the National Black Caucus of the State Legislature in recognition of his work after Hurricane Katrina in November of 2006.
Banner also testified before Congress at the hearing From Imus to Industry: The Business of Stereotypes and Degrading Images about racism and misogyny in hip hop music. In his hearing, he stood up for hip hop music and it’s role in popular culture saying, “Change the situation in my neighborhood and maybe I’ll get better.” In his opening statement, Banner stated: “I can admit there are some problems in hip hop but it is only a reflection of what’s taking place in our society. Hip hop is sick because America is sick.”
Banner stands for more than just incredible artistry. He combines his talent with a commitment to community and giving back. He is a rare type of artist to find because he puts his desire for helping others before himself. Banner has never forgotten where he came from or become disconnected with his roots. He remains grounded and balances fame and success with still being a down-to-earth person. Banner is a role model for entertainers and humanitarians alike.