WASHINGTON PARK — Rapper and activist Jessica Disu, a.k.a. FM Supreme, is celebrating the release of her music video, “This Is A Movement,” with a free screening and Peace Bash Saturday.
The bash will feature free food, face painting and performances from local artists. It will kick off 3 p.m. at The Wall of Peace & Love Mural, located at 51st and Calumet. A community cleanup will follow soon after.
Disu shot the video over the course of a weekend, filming scenes at Boxville before flying to New York City and Washington, D.C., to film at the famed Apollo Theater and Black Lives Matter Plaza. The single, from Disu’s “The Second Coming” LP, marks the artist’s return to music after a two-year hiatus.
It’s no coincidence Disu released the song and video during Women’s History Month; it’s not only a call to arms but a love letter to Disu’s cousin, Jasmine Johnson, who was slain in December 2018 by her boyfriend. Taking time off to heal was necessary, Disu told Block Club in a recent interview.
“Like, my body kind of went into shock and I kept moving forward, doing Herstory and different programs and community work,” Disu said.
The artist eventually found herself in Nairobi, Kenya, where she broke down. It was there that she found the spiritual guidance and support she needed to carry on.
For Disu, getting back to herself also meant getting back to her music. Inspired by the current events — the state of the country, the bouts of civil unrest — FM Supreme stepped back in the booth.
When it came time to create the music video, Disu got the community involved, tapping the Soul Children of Chicago, anti-violence group GoodKids MadCity and members from Herstory, an organization Disu launched in 2010.
Seeing her community show up and show out made Disu realize how much she missed it.
“You hear about the violence, the carjackings, the murders, but you don’t hear about people coming together and having a good time,” Disu said. “We need no security here, no police. We’re just here, chilling. I’m thankful.”
The video for “This Is A Movement:”
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