Black Bodies: Songs On America’s Moral Authority
Black bodies fallen, bruised, and taken from society. Poof! A life becomes lifeless all because an officer of the law refused to take a few minutes to better assess the situation or two squads are beefing over turf.
Protests and tirades of lashing tongues are the result. Civil unrest floods society and to be honest, it feels as if we’re at a point of no return. Too many tears have been shed and broken hearts are becoming the norm.
The truth is that we can’t become numb.
Nina Simone once asked in an interview, “How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?”
Well, artists and activists are raising their voices and utilizing their platforms to document why we unify and continue to breath life into the phrase #BlackLivesMatter.
Here are three artists calling out America on its approach to “moral authority” and pleading for an end to the madness and unjust justice systems.
Supastition: “Black Bodies”
The North Carolina-native Supastition dropped “Black Bodies” and immediately garnered Interweb circulation. With piercing imagery, “Black Bodies” addresses the lack of America’s accountability as it relates to the various deaths of African-Americans. The lyrics turn attention to the double standards of race in the U.S.
Supastition questions, “Who died and made you God? What gives you the right to decide on my life span because you feel threatened?”
Watch and listen with intent below.
Usher’s “Chains” featuring Nas and vocalist Bibi Bourelly delivers a dramatic approach to the ill systems of society.
As Usher sings “we still in chains,” the visual, displayed in black and white, forces fans and the world to see the faces of lives taken as a result of police brutality and/or racial injustice. The artists bring recognition to the landscape of society and death.
View the video below to feel the vibration and read the stories behind the deaths of so many brown faces.
Jasiri X: “Don’t Let Them Get Away With Murder”
It’s wars on us, 44s on us and they still telling us to be peaceful. – Jasiri X
Released in February, Jasiri X’s amplified protest track, “Don’t Let Them Get Away With Murder,” voices the strength in taking back Black Lives and emphasizes the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” protests. X challenges statements of equality and the roles of those in political and judicial power.
He raps: “Left Mike in the street four hours, that’s the definition of a lynching.”
Get the message below.