The Bronx, New York-born Derrick Jones is a hip-hop renaissance man. He’s a DJ, rapper, producer, a photographer and, now, social media’s most recognizable virtual party starter with his Homeschoolin: Social Distancing Dance Party series on Instagram Live that has attracted tens of thousands viewers since Wednesday.
Yet, it was on Saturday night when the parties ceased being just parties. With a handful of America’s biggest cities such as Chicago, New York and all of California on lockdown, Homeschoolin’ took on a form of musical therapy sessions for a community needing mental and spiritual restoration for more than 100,000 viewers.
His parties have become safe spaces, and given his history as one of the genre’s ultimate party starters, he is inadvertently becoming one of the creative faces during the coronavirus pandemic and it makes sense.