Def Jam Forward is a task force committed to fostering a community that values, promotes and demands respect, freedom, equal opportunity and justice for Black lives.

Our goal is social, economic and educational equality for every Black person in our community, starting with our own artists, staff and colleagues. Our commitment to equality means, we will examine and amend our internal practices, as well as support organizations on the frontlines of the fight for change.

As a company, we are uniquely positioned to be a thought leader within the music industry and the world at large. As members of this task force, and ambassadors of its message, it is imperative that we embody and implement a roadmap to lasting and meaningful change.


We are awareness. Traditional news media moves slow. We quickly spread information in response to current events. We create calls to action to engage our community to effect change on the ground.

Mental Health

For too long the emotional wellbeing of Black people has been neglected. Stress, depression, and anxiety can all lead to serious health issues. We are here to provide resources that lead to a state of wellbeing in which we can realize our abilities, work productively, and contribute to our community.


Black voters have been systemically oppressed, and we want to empower our community by providing education on the importance of voting and how our elected leadership makes a difference in our everyday lives. Our democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities when we exercise our right to vote. Your vote is precious, and your participation is paramount.