Since transitioning out of music, Shyne Barrow, former signee of Bad Boy Entertainment, has been heavily involved in Belize’s political world. Following his victory in November’s election, he earned the title as an official government leader in the country and served as a member of the House of Representatives. Just last month, he was chosen to be the Leader of the Opposition.
Despite the headway being made in his political career, being someone with a criminal history poses obstacles along the way — some of which he discusses on a special episode of “REVOLT BLACK NEWS.”
In the episode, Barrow and other celebrity guests will talk to Rodney Rikai about the former rapper’s political fight, which unfortunately includes efforts to silence his voice. In the latest attempt, government officials are demanding an 11th Amendment to the Constitution that would prevent ex-cons from running for office, which means Barrow’s plans to run for Belize’s Prime Minister could be affected.
“Shyne is a man that transformed his life and should be celebrated for becoming a symbol of hope, not villainized and punished for a moment in his past,” said REVOLT’s Chairman Diddy. “Shyne has earned the right to have this opportunity and proven he’s qualified, so the rules shouldn’t be rewritten just to deny him that chance.”
“REVOLT BLACK NEWS” featuring Barrow is set to air on the REVOLT channel on Thursday (July 15) at 9 pm ET on the television network, but it’s already up on REVOLT’s YouTube channel. His hope is that his story will help to serve as an example that dreams are possible.
“My hope is that my story, my journey — from Belize to Brooklyn, to the top of the Billboard charts, Grammy Awards, to incarceration and to the House of Representatives and the Leader of the Opposition — can serve as an inspiration for today’s youth,” he said in a statement. “I want those who have been indoctrinated to believe there’s nothing else out there besides gangsters and gangbangers, to know that there is hope and opportunities for them.”