Rio Tazewell has been a social entrepreneur and organizer for political change for more than 10 years. At 29, he has helped launch multiple organizations confronting issues of the 21st century on the local, state and national level. Most recently, in his current role fighting an out-of-balance political system in Washington, he is incorporating a passion he has been quietly developing since childhood, his music.
His debut music video, a rap song titled #realtalk, explores the relationship between money in politics, corporate lobbyists and the need for a political revolution. Filmed on Capitol Hill, the video features scenes from a large rally and protest in DC, known as the “Democracy Awakening”, with thousands of people taking to the streets demanding reforms to money in politics. Rio was one of the core organizers of the Democracy Awakening, and was central in coordinating the more than 300 organizations that participated in the event.