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The Future Children in Need for ‘the people’ @24_4_24

This article was written in the summer of 2020.

Image Credits: @24_4_24_ movement

Over the weekend I experienced and participated in what can only be described as a HISTORICAL event! It was phenomenal, organised, and evoked many emotions within all who participated - supporters and organisers alike. The Instagram Live marathon commenced 20/06/2020 and concluded 22/06/2020 on Windrush Day.

The concept was simple but effective.

24 DJs for 24 hours straight, playing one hour Instagram Live sets one after another, after another, to raise funds under the #RespectBlackLives. What started as one thing became something so much greater, with vast amounts of scope for growth and the ability to effect change. The @24_4_24 movement created a community and a sense of belonging.

A whopping £10,000+ was raised by the end of the extended 54+ hour Instagram Live marathon and came to a climactic end that was filled with tears, joy, elation, and a huge sense of achievement. DJ Conspiracy, the aptly dubbed @24_4_24 ‘President’, event creator and idea originator a mere 6 days before its conception, was brought to tears by the end of the final Livestream, as was his emotional ‘Vice President’, Pleazer.

I openly will admit that I too was brought to tears in my kitchen, where I watched the final Live. I felt like I had been a part of something, a part of history almost.

I had a sense of belonging to a community. I was proud that the community had rallied together and pushed for the advancement of the @24_4_24 movement - whether it be via reposts, sharing, donations, interactions etc.

The Mustard Seed

I just had an eye-opening and informative conversation with the humble, inspirational, proactive, knowledgeable and informative ‘President’ of the @24_4_24 movement - DJ Conspiracy or ‘Cons’ as he is affectionately known within the community's Instagram comments. He informed me that the idea came to him late on a Wednesday evening as he was in and out of sleep. He made a few calls to see what people thought about the idea and then didn’t think anything else about it.

He then thought about his personal experiences and looked at everything currently occurring in the media. He saw people march and protest, however, thought who was having the conversations that could lead to change tomorrow? Who can make a change to people respecting Black lives? Thankfully, he decided to put his idea into action!


DJ Conspiracy then took to Instagram to do a 12-minute Live, whereby he challenged his fellow DJ’s to support something to enable young Black children to reach their goals. To make a change towards respecting Black lives and the movement motto was created #RespectBlackLives. The conversation opened up that it’s not only people from other racial backgrounds who need to respect Black lives, but that Black people need to respect Black lives too.

Due to a multitude of disrespect and devaluing based factors, Black people are not united and that we need to be unified as one.

We are a large population and the largest consumers, so why can’t we use that consumerism and boost our own community by putting it back into our community.

I believe the @24_4_24 movement afforded the community the opportunity, through the medium of enjoyment, to do just that.

The President and Vice President

To my surprise, the ‘President’ didn’t reach out to his ‘Vice President’ Pleazer; in fact, it was Pleazer who phoned Conspiracy to ask what he was doing with the DJ commitment from the 12-minute Live. From that conversation, Pleazer was one of the first to commit along with his music duo Top Catz Inc. and became self-appointed second in command.

Pleazer said he got involved because “I believed in it and I felt I needed to in a weird way. Not that I was needed per se, but more a part of my purpose. Plus Conspiracy is my bro and I believed in him and his vision, and I wanted it to be a success.”

His response was touching, showed his passion and conveyed how important this movement is.

Standout DJ Set

Conspiracy openly stated that DJ Taylor Rae [@DJTaylorRae] was the @24_4_24 highlight for him “…as she had the most impressive set. There was Policy, Simple Simon, SheJay, Rio (sic), Ceesix, Clarity who all did amazing sets. She was (sic) the most impressive based on the fact she’s 14 and she’s a product of a community coming together to help her chase her dreams, and this will change the course of her life; which is fundamentally what we are all about.”

DJ Taylor Rae was one of the DJ’s with the least amount of experience, and the platform allowed her to gain experience, to be seen by many and embraced by 100s. Conspiracy informed me that she has never had a Live stream with that many people tuned in and that it certainly boosted her confidence level.

DJ Taylor also did Pleazer’s favourite set; he stated that she’s a “…female DJ who knows her music and is technically brilliant.” He also said “Honourable mention to Deep Clarity who I feel set the tone, with their energy, tune selection and message”.

From my standpoint, I have to agree with Conspiracy and Pleazer, as Taylor Rae’s energy was contagious and her set was memorable, to say the least. This young lady is certainly one to watch and is an exceptional talent. She brought me immense joy. I am now a follower and a fan. Taylor Rae has had a community of DJ friends’ teach and raise her skill level. It shows that the movement's mission statement, to make a change in the lives of young Black children is an obtainable reality.

Over the 54+ hours of Lives, the streams were between 90 to 300 people consistently, with some sets having 300+. There were over 300 people consistently tuned into the last few hours of the marathon, all bearing witness to greatness. The marathon made total impressions well into the 1000s.

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

The Stephen Lawrence Trust was Conspiracy’s chosen charity to donate the funds to since they predominantly work with Black youth and they are a well-established charitable organisation. The charity doesn’t accept the idea that your background should limit what you can achieve and aims to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds aged 13 to 30 years old. This coincides with the @24_4_24 concept.

Furthermore, Conspiracy felt that it was a charity that people could rally behind in this current climate of the #BlackLivesMatter movement as “Stephen was murdered in an unprovoked racist attack” - © 2020 Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.