The grieving process isn’t easy for countless people coping with the loss of George Floyd, another black man brutally murdered by white police officers abusing their power.
For creatives, making art during these tough times can serve as a form of therapy that helps us process our pain. Here are seven people expressing their pain, prayers and anger about the recent tragedy deeply rooted in racial injustice:
The comedic musician and his popular keys find a way to blend his brand of humor with the serious situation at hand. Check out how he educates us about injustice:
2. Aaron Cole
Aaron Cole doesn’t hold back as he spits bar after bar of raw emotion, giving the world a glimpse of what it feels like to deal with being a young black man living in the U.S.
Itstaylormade is putting her heart on the track, “Give Some Love” as she sings a call of action for people to be more loving in the face of injustice.
4. Erica Mason
Erica Mason wrote these vulnerable rhymes for the people like her who feel tired and in pain after dealing with the constant racial injustices that are still plaguing black communities.
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Hopefully this can help with the pain. Tag someone who needs this…or someone who has asked how you doing, but you couldn’t give the right words. I’ve been talking to a lot of my friends today and the common language is the same: “I have no words, I’m just tired” I wrote this in a moment of prayer just sharing with God how I felt about another big bro being a hashtag. This is super rough, raw and vulnerable. But felt the need to share. @aremsmusic thank you for making such quality in production. #georgefloyd #blacklivesmatter #conciousrap #racialjustics #atlsongwriter #worldagainstracism #recordlabel #singersongwriters #instrumentalhiphop #songwritersofinstagram #songwriterslife #musicdiscovery #independenthiphop #songwriterlife #instanewmusic #rapunderground #newmusician #muscian #singersongwriterproducer #femalesongwriter #songwritersfirst #realemcees #unsignartist #femaledomination #independentmusic
5. Myriam The Yearning
With the help of her guitar, Myriam The Yearning sings a Haitian worship song, calling out for Jesus to take the burdens of her community.
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JESUS 💔 • • • “There was time when I felt abandoned. I searched the whole world support; I didn’t find it! I lifted my head and I cried out to JESUS! He said “come to me if you feel you are weary” • • I know it’s late but I felt an urgency to sing this song over our hearts tonight! 😭😭😭 • • I don’t have the solution to the problem but, I can guarantee you that JESUS will be in it! I pray for peace and solutions out of that peace! • • The layers of tragedy are becoming very heavy; so let’s give it to God. May the Lord cover, protect, and prosper you and your loved ones in JESUS name! Praying for the village George belonged to. May He never be forgotten! 💙💙💙 #GeorgeFloyd #Peaceful #ForTheKingdom #ForTheCulture #YearnTheRiver 🙏🏾😭🌊 • • • • #PropheticSound #NewMusic #InstaGood #Success #Kingdom #Singing #AcousticGuitar #Becoming #OriginalMusic #HaitianSinger #songoftheday #Worship #WorshipLeader #NewSong #NoFear #NewPerspective #Strength #HaitianMusic #Testimony #Jesus #Overcoming #Faithful
6. Keedron Bryant
Keedron is singing his heart out, crying for the people in his community being killed while asking God for protection. Check out the 12 year old winner of the “Little Big Shots” competition series:
Fern wrote these bars for people struggling to express just how much the George Floyd death reflects trauma of past, present and fears of future injustice. Check out his verse and powerful visuals:
(Photo: Lorie Shaull)