For actor and musician Shaka Smith, knowledge is both power and a potential life saver. As a black American, he is determined not to let “the unknown” inflict trauma on his community. That’s why he’s taking to Instagram to share his knowledge, encouraging his network to inform AND empower themselves around their healthcare.

“Knowledge is power. It can also mean the difference between life and death, which is why I am so passionate about spreading health information to our underserved communities. Please know that when Covid-19 is wreaking havoc, particularly amongst African Americans, it’s important to seek out information regarding healthcare options available in your community. We can’t let the unknown cause more trauma in our communities. Let’s watch out for one another and spread this message. Please take the time to do research that will help out you and your loved ones.”