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05/25/2021 12:57 PM
DJ: DJ Miss Ashley

CottonTale said about this track: "The cast of people involved in creating the music and the [Google Year in Search 2020] film were if not leaders themselves, they were surrounded by leaders who in their own way are pushing for change in the community, showing what's best about who we all are and giving everyone hope, a bit of celebration too, that by working together, growing together, we will get through this period." https://youtu.be/95Id8XdUegE
05/25/2021 12:53 PM
DJ: DJ Miss Ashley
Lean on Me
by Bill Withers
(11 plays) | (0 fans)

Here's a KEXP remembrance of Bill Withers, who died in March, 2020 at the age of 81. Bill Withers once said “I’m not a virtuoso, but I was able to write songs that people could identify with. I don’t think I’ve done bad for a guy from Slab Fork, West Virginia.”: https://www.kexp.org/read/2020/4/3/rip-bill-withers/
05/25/2021 12:48 PM
DJ: DJ Miss Ashley
Turntables
by Janelle Monae
(96 plays) | (0 fans)

"We kicking out the old regime / Liberation, elevation, education / I said 'America, you'a lie' / But the whole world 'bout to testify." Janelle Monáe wrote this song for the documentary "All In: The Fight for Democracy." Her music video shows the devastating footage of racial oppression and police brutality in protests for justice, before it transforms into an emotional display of Black strength, excellence and achievement. https://youtu.be/8CFrCk6_0rM
05/25/2021 12:44 PM
DJ: DJ Miss Ashley
Alright
by Kendrick Lamar
(110 plays) | (0 fans)

This 2016 Grammy winner for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance became an anthem for BLM protests. http://www.kendricklamar.com/ -- The refrain, "We gon' be alright" was a defiant promise — that no matter what happened, black people would lean on each other to make it through. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-48u_uWMHY
05/25/2021 12:40 PM
DJ: DJ Miss Ashley
Note To Self (Okay)
by Jah9 feat. Chronixx
(27 plays) | (0 fans)

“I invited my young brothers Iotosh and Runkus to lend their talents to the production of this song and they were able to build on the direction I envisioned. The production needed to be dark and disturbing, the vocals and lyrics to comfort and support,” Jah9 shares. “Then later, Chronixx was able to add further creative insight that lifted and balanced the mood of the song with his harmonies and words. This co-production is the most collaborative track I have ever produced, and quite intentionally so. It was important to do so because of the nature of the message. I wanted to show that there was a consensus about this mantra, ‘I’m going to be okay’, across all the generations, and this culminated with the track being mixed and polished by the legendary Errol Brown and his Shane Brown."
05/25/2021 12:36 PM
DJ: DJ Miss Ashley
Change
by Jahdan Blakkamoore
(6 plays) | (0 fans)

Guyana born, Brooklyn-based musician Blakkamoore's distinct combo of Reggae, Dancehall, Hip Hop and Dub is world-renowned. https://www.blakkamoore.com/ -- See the official video for "Change": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cD5drKvnNxE
05/25/2021 12:30 PM
DJ: DJ Miss Ashley
Fight For You
by Her
(36 plays) | (0 fans)

Shaka King’s film about the 1969 police killing of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, inspired the music on this album. This song by H.E.R. (Having Everything Revealed) is the closing song. Read more at https://nyti.ms/3hTtT4w -- "Fight For You" from "Judas and the Black Messiah" (Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas), won the Best Original Song Oscar at the 93rd Academy Awards.
05/25/2021 12:26 PM
DJ: DJ Miss Ashley
Wildfires
by SAULT
(83 plays) | (1 fan)

SAULT's third album arrived on Juneteenth, 2020, right as the world was in the thick of Black Lives Matter protests and renewed discourse about white oppression against people of color. -- On "Wildfires," the vocalist wonders why another officer killed another person for no reason. "You should be ashamed," the singer asserts. "The bloodshed on your hands / Another man / Take off your badge / We all know it was murder." In the next breath, she snaps back to the reality: Though we're crying right now, we won't be afraid to keep fighting. : https://n.pr/3ulye3l
05/25/2021 12:23 PM
DJ: DJ Miss Ashley
Revolutionize
by Adrian Younge
(11 plays) | (0 fans)

Producer, composer and arranger Adrian Younge says, "'The American Negro' is an unapologetic critique, detailing the systemic and malevolent psychology that afflicts people of color. This project dissects the chemistry behind blind racism, using music as the medium to restore dignity and self-worth to my people." -- Listen to Younge's interview on KEXP's Sound & Vision podcast: https://www.kexp.org/podcasts/sound-vision/2021/2/26/adrian-younge-revises-black-history/
05/25/2021 12:17 PM
DJ: DJ Miss Ashley
Message From A Black Man
by The Temptations
(14 plays) | (0 fans)

For their "Puzzle People" album, The Temptations took on this Norman Whitfield-Barrett Strong lyric which left you in no doubt about where they stood: "Black is a color, just like white . . . No matter how hard you try, you can't stop me now". : https://www.elsewhere.co.nz/fromthevaults/4878/the-temptations-message-from-a-black-man-1969/
05/25/2021 12:11 PM
DJ: DJ Miss Ashley
River
by Leon Bridges
(29 plays) | (0 fans)

"A river has historically been used in gospel music as symbolism for change and redemption. My goal was to write a song about my personal spiritual experience. It was written during a time of real depression in my life and I recall sitting in my garage trying to write a song which reflected this struggle." https://www.leonbridges.com/ -- Watch Leon Bridges perform "River' live on Austin City Limits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_paZpQvca0
05/25/2021 12:08 PM
DJ: DJ Miss Ashley

Originally recorded by Donald Byrd, but this song was written by Larry Mizell (Sr.) and Larry Gordon. -- As "Where Are We Going?" draws to a close, Gaye suggests that increasing activism may wake people from their stupor. "Day in, day out / It gets better, the people shout / Day by day flames get higher," he declares, referring to various revolutions... raging in 1972 (namely civil rights, women's rights, gay rights, and anti-war sentiment). : http://blindedbysound.com/features/deepsoul/marvin-gaye---where-are-we-going/
05/25/2021 12:03 PM
DJ: DJ Miss Ashley
Angel
by Jimi Hendrix
(12 plays) | (0 fans)

Jimi Hendrix penned this song in reference to a dream he had about his mother Lucille. "My mother was bein' carried away on this camel. And there was a big caravan, she's sayin', 'Well, I'm gonna see you now,' and she's goin' under these trees, you could see the shade, you know, the leaf patterns across her face when she was goin' under ... She's sayin', 'Well, I won't be seein' you too much anymore, you know. I'll see you.' And then about two years after that she dies, you know. And I said, 'Yeah, but where are you goin'?' and all that, you know. I remember that. I will always remember that. I never did forget ... there are some dreams you never forget." -- Hendrix started working on this in 1967 along with "Little Wing," which was a similar song. He gave up on it, but pulled it out and recorded it on July 23, 1970 - just a few months before his death on September 18, 1970.
05/25/2021 12:01 PM
DJ: DJ Miss Ashley
Change Is Gonna Come
by Sam Cooke
(37 plays) | (0 fans)

This recent article about the Civil Rights anthem is entitled "For Black People, Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ Was the ‘Imagine’ of Its Time — and of Today": https://variety.com/2021/music/opinion/sam-cooke-a-change-is-gonna-come-civil-rights-black-history-month-1234900231/
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