Are you a spoken word or hip hop artist who lives in the Baltimore area? Now’s the time for your voice to be heard, and you can win $500 to boot.

Cllctivly, a Baltimore non-profit that was started last year, is holding a contest with the theme of “building Black futures together.” Cllctivly focuses its work on racial equity, narrative change, social connectedness and resource mobilization.

Rules of the contest require contestants to include one principle from the Nguzo Saba, a set of ideals created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor and chair of Africana Studies at Cal State Long Beach, best known as the creator of Kwanzaa.

The Seven Principles include Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination); Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility); Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics); Nia (Purpose); Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).

To enter, simply upload your video here (1-4 minutes max), but do it soon. The contest’s deadline is tomorrow night at 11:59 p.m.

The top five vote-getters will receive $500 and one winner will be chosen by CLLCTIVLY & DEWMORE BALTIMORE to record with a professional videographer & photographer and will be featured on