PHOTOS: Young Black artist pushes for justice in America

Musician Nathan Nzanga has marched in Portland, Chicago, and his hometown of Seattle. The rapper also has written songs that reflect why he protests, compositions calling for change and telling his story as an African American and as the U.S.-born son of immigrants from Congo. A film starring Nzanga and featuring his music that was released online in January adds his artistic perspective to the social justice movement. "I feel like God gave me the gift of being able to tell stories," Nzanga told Reuters, speaking via Zoom from his bedroom in Seattle decorated with posters of such figures as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela. "I'm trying to find ways to make sure we see the human in one another." The 13-minute film Nzanga made with director Caleb Slain, titled "enough," opens with the song "Truce." Nzanga, now 22, wrote it when he was a teenager at summer camp in 2016.

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Artist Nathan Nzanga dances during a tech rehearsal for 'Sessions In Place', a live-streamed socially distanced concert series, at Olympic Studios in Seattle, Washington, U.S., January 30, 2021. Nzanga, 22, collaborated with storytelling program Prodigy Camp to release the short musical concept film "enough."(REUTERS)

Artist Nathan Nzanga dances during a tech rehearsal for 'Sessions In Place', a live-streamed socially distanced concert series, at Olympic Studios in Seattle, Washington, U.S., January 30, 2021. Nzanga, 22, collaborated with storytelling program Prodigy Camp to release the short musical concept film "enough."(REUTERS)

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Artist Nathan Nzanga performs for 'Sessions In Place', a live-streamed socially distanced concert series, at Olympic Studios in Seattle, Washington, U.S. January 30, 2021.(REUTERS)

Artist Nathan Nzanga performs for 'Sessions In Place', a live-streamed socially distanced concert series, at Olympic Studios in Seattle, Washington, U.S. January 30, 2021.(REUTERS)

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Artist Nathan Nzanga dances during a tech rehearsal with "Matondo," brother Daniel Nzanga, for 'Sessions In Place', a live-streamed socially distanced concert series, at Olympic Studios in Seattle, Washington, U.S., January 30, 2021.(REUTERS)

Artist Nathan Nzanga dances during a tech rehearsal with "Matondo," brother Daniel Nzanga, for 'Sessions In Place', a live-streamed socially distanced concert series, at Olympic Studios in Seattle, Washington, U.S., January 30, 2021.(REUTERS)

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Artist Nathan Nzanga performs during a tech rehearsal for 'Sessions In Place', a live-streamed socially distanced concert series, at Olympic Studios in Seattle, Washington, U.S., January 30, 2021.(REUTERS)

Artist Nathan Nzanga performs during a tech rehearsal for 'Sessions In Place', a live-streamed socially distanced concert series, at Olympic Studios in Seattle, Washington, U.S., January 30, 2021.(REUTERS)

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Artist Nathan Nzanga performs during a tech rehearsal with "Matondo," brother Daniel Nzanga, for 'Sessions In Place', a live-streamed socially distanced concert series, at Olympic Studios in Seattle, Washington, U.S., January 30, 2021.(REUTERS)

Artist Nathan Nzanga performs during a tech rehearsal with "Matondo," brother Daniel Nzanga, for 'Sessions In Place', a live-streamed socially distanced concert series, at Olympic Studios in Seattle, Washington, U.S., January 30, 2021.(REUTERS)

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Artist Nathan Nzanga performs for 'Sessions In Place', a live-streamed socially distanced concert series, at Olympic Studios in Seattle, Washington, U.S., January 30, 2021.(REUTERS)

Artist Nathan Nzanga performs for 'Sessions In Place', a live-streamed socially distanced concert series, at Olympic Studios in Seattle, Washington, U.S., January 30, 2021.(REUTERS)

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