Vic Mensa appears on the Feb. 21, 2024, episode of "Black Voices." (WTTW News)

Vic Mensa has taken on many different roles over the years — rapper, organizer, actor and more. Most recently, he partnered with the “Feed the Block, Warm the Block” initiative to bring food and clothing to the city’s unhoused population.

Chance the Rapper performs at the BET Awards on June 26, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Chris Pizzello, File)

The event will be held in Accra’s Black Star Square, a monument to the political freedom that was won by Ghanaians in 1957. The festival’s title was inspired by civil rights leader Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Line, which was founded in 1919.

Rapper Vic Mensa curated an art show at Kavi Gupta in the West Loop. (WTTW News)

The show curated by rapper Vic Mensa is called “Skin and Masks.” It was inspired by Frantz Fanon, the influential 20th century thinker and author of “Black Skin, White Masks.”

Nez (Credit: Adisa Duke)

In a sea of familiar artists — from Megan Thee Stallion to Miley Cyrus — a few local faces are hoping to make a bigger name for themselves at this year’s Lollapalooza. Among them is Chicago-based songwriter and producer Nez.