Childish Gambino is overrated
Black Lives matter: These songs get under your skin
Protest is loud - on the street and also in music. These artists draw attention to (structural) racism in their works, tell of their experiences and empower the POC community.
In her new song “Never again leise”, the Berlin singer-songwriter Celina Bostic sings about her growing up as a black woman in a white majority society. In the video she gets a lot of support for her important message from Samy Deluxe, Nura, Nikeata Thompson, Teddy Teclebrhan, Harris, Tupoka Ogette, Tyron Ricketts, Alice Hasters, Aminata Belli, Aminata Touré, Annabelle Mandeng, Tarik Tesfu, Thelma Buabeng, John Lwanga (Culcha Candela), Hadnet Tesfai and many more. A song that you should never turn down quietly again.
The song is also aimed at all black people and people of color, who should know that they are not alone, that they have a voice and will be heard.
H.e.R. - I cant breathe
The song “I Can't Breathe” by the US singer HER also gets under your skin. “I Can't Breathe” are originally the last words of George Floyd and many other People of Color, before they were killed by police officers . Today the phrase represents the worldwide protests against police brutality in the United States and against the lack of accountability of the police. You can find this and other songs of the movement in the Spotify playlist Black Lives Matter.
Childish Gambino - This is america
In 2018 the American rapper Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) released the music video "This is America". It contains many hidden clues and subliminal messages that point out and criticize societal problems in the United States. The music video gained new attention through the protests following the death of George Floyd.
Michael Jackson - Black or White
This song was Michael Jackson's musical answer in the 1990s - to police violence against the black US citizen Rodney King.
On March 3, 1991, Rodney King was caught by the Los Angeles Police Department after being drunk and chasing a car with multiple patrol cars. Then the police beat him - even when the man lying on the ground seemed hardly capable of serious resistance. King survived, but the indignation of the black population put the city of Los Angeles in a state of emergency for a few days.
The act of Rodney King was followed a few months later by the music video "Black or White" by the King of Pop, which sparked controversy in the States. Especially the last four minutes met with incomprehension from critics at the time. In this part of the music video, Jackson apparently randomly destroys car windows and grasps his crotch several times. Following the criticism, racist graffiti - including a swastika and the phrase "KKK RULES!" - was added to the car windows that can be seen in the video. This was intended to show that the video was directed against racist organizations such as the National Socialists or the Ku Klux Klan, and the smack of vandalism was to be removed.
When the stereotypical, white American is catapulted from his suburban idyll into the desert of Africa at the beginning of "Black or White", Jackson satirically holds up the mirror to the society in which he lives. However, that changes with the heavily criticized, last part of the video. He shows that the satirical portrayal of the stereotype is not enough for Jackson, he has more to say. He later said in an interview with MTV:
"I want [ed] to do a dance number where I could let out my frustration about injustice and prejudice and racism and bigotry and within the dance I became upset and let go."
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