Power to the People: A Protest Playlist

Wednesday, June 03

By Andi Christie

(Photo by Vincent Cannizzaro, Cannizzaro Media)


A playlist for the people, consisting of inspiring and beautiful songs by black musicians or featuring black musicians. #BlackLivesMatter


1. This Is America - Childish Gambino

"Yeah, this is America, guns in my area."

2. Fight the Power - Public Enemy

"Make everybody see, in order to fight the powers that be."

3. F*** The Police - N.W.A

"And not the other color so police think, they have the authority to kill a minority."

4.  Ghost Town - The Specials

"Can't go on no more, the people getting angry."

5. Get Up, Stand Up - Bob Marley and the Wailers

"Get up, stand up! Stand up for your rights!"

6. We Shall Not Be Moved - Mavis Staples

"We're brothers together, we shall not be moved."

7. PRIDE. - Kendrick Lamar

"Promises are broken and more resentment come alive. Race barriers make inferior of you and I."

8. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free - Nina Simone

"I wish I could break all the chains holding me."

9. A Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke

"It's been a long, long time coming, but I know that change is gonna come."

10. Dirty Harry - Gorillaz

"I'm a peace-loving decoy, ready for retaliation."

11. Feels Like Summer - Childish Gambino

"Oh, I know you know the pain. I'm hopin' that this world will change."

12. Strange Fruit - Nina Simone

"Blood on the leaves, and blood at the roots."

13. Pray For Me - Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd

"Life a livin' hell, puddles of blood in the streets. Shooters on top of the building, government aid ain't relief."

14. Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud - James Brown

"We rather die on our feet than keep livin' on our knees."

15. SISTER/NATION - Brockhampton

"I would learn that I was different, I would grow to see the difference. Second guessing my decisions, black bodies come up missing.

16. Is It Because I'm Black - Syl Johnson

"So we all got to stick together right now. This I wanna say to you my sisters and my brothers."

If you're taking part in any protest, stay safe and look out for others! ❤️

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