Biracial Rapper Tiny Jag Pulls Out of AfroFuture Music Festival Due to Race-Based Ticket Structure
Detroit rapper Tiny Jag pulled out of AfroFuture Festival after making the discovery that white patrons were being charged double the amount of people of color. While people of color are being charged $10 for early-bird tickets and $20 for regular tickets, white festival attendees will have to pay $20 and $40 for tickets. Tiny Jag was unaware of what was happening with ticket prices until a fan on Instagram informed her of the situation. Jag was upset when hearing of this as she is a biracial woman herself.
Speaking with Detroit Metro Times, Jag says, “I was immediately enraged just because I am biracial.” Jag continues on, “I have family members that would have, under those circumstances, been subjected to something that I would not ever want them to be in … especially not because of anything that I have going on.”
AfroFuture Festival, which is set for August 3rd in Detroit, began facing backlash as people learned more about the situation. Festival founder and director Numi Ori took to Twitter to explain the ticket structure as she says, “Black and brown people deserve access to quality events in their city and it isn’t fair when events happen in their city that they don’t have a chance of being apart of because people who don’t look like us take advantage and also have more access to collective wealth.”
Jag was expected to perform music from her project “Polly,” which was named after her grandmother. “How do you want me to come to a performance and perform these songs off a mixtape that is titled after this white woman that you would have charged double to get in here? , it’s just outrageous from so many different angles,” says Jag. With the conversation continuing online, the festival continues to face controversy over the ticketing structure.
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Feature Image Via Detroit Metro Times
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