"When We Fight, we win!"
Kendrick Sampson, Actor & Activist
The Entertainment Industry is uniquely positioned to discuss and leverage social issues to create rich experiences and deeper sense of empathy and understanding. Harnessing the power of narrative activism, sharing stories can be an effective means to help shape, enhance and amplify important ideas in grassroots organizing. Therefore, becoming better storytellers is vital in the impact and efficacy of activist groups and campaigns.
BLD PWR works at the intersection of grassroots and narrative activism. We partner with artists, storytellers, grassroots groups, and community activists dedicated to challenging injustice by empowering frontline communities to address issues that affect their lives.
Kendrick Sampson is an actor, activist and advocate for justice. Growing up in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, Kendrick gravitated to the arts and sought to bring to life nuanced portrayals of black men in his projects. He is most known for the Vampire Diaries (CW), Gracepoint (FOX), How to Get Away with Murder (ABC), White Famous (Showtime), Supernatural (CW), The Flash (CW) and most recently his portrayal as Nathan in HBO’s critically acclaimed Insecure.
Kendrick’s activism challenges by example to boldly use our voices to uplift the most vulnerable among us. With a primary focus on intersectional racial justice and undoing systemic oppression in the criminal legal system, Kendrick created the BLD PWR initiative as a call to action and invitation to others to join him in taking a stand for social justice.
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