2014 Essence Music Festival - Seminars - Day 2

Alicia Keys released her video for “We Are Here” on her Facebook page today. In the video, Keys can be seen rocking the braided and beaded hairstyle that we all met her with, from her first video, “Fallin’.”Keys took to social media to tease the video several times over the last few days, saying “This is how I’ve been feeling” when she shared a snippet on Instagram.

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The sound of the tune is rooted in Keys’ typical anthem style, but is riddled with calls to action for people to start talking about tragedies like Gaza, Israel, Nigeria and more. In an interview with AP, Keys shared details of her new album, saying, “What I know for a fact is it’s the best music I’ve ever done in my life yet and it’s really exciting to be able to have this kind of growth, this type of opportunity.”

 

The beautiful tune is much-needed in our world right now, where tragedy isn’t just overseas is a far away place. We have horror right in our back yards, here in America and music heals. So it’s a beautiful thing to have Alicia lend her voice to effect change. Check out what she had to say about the song on her Facebook page:

The day I wrote this song, I was sitting in a circle of people of all ages and we were asked, “Why are you here.” Why am I here?? This really hit me on a deep level. I realized no one had ever asked me that question before. As I prepare to give birth to a new child, I can’t help and think about the world I’m bringing my baby into. No matter where we come from, when we see the state of the world today, we can all feel the growing frustration and desire to make a difference. And we all have a voice – we just need to know how to make it heard.

It is time to end all forms of racial injustice for our black brothers and sisters and all people of color. I believe in an end to the prison industrial complex in America and a renewed justice system that is based on fairness and truth. I believe in universal global health care based on Integrative Medicine, so that our bodies are acknowledged and treated as one system, and we can help control the spread of diseases like AIDS, Malaria, TB and Ebola. I believe we have an ability to end poverty, oppression, and hopelessness that often breeds despair, terror, and violence.  I believe in common sense gun laws that serve to protect children and families and society from unnecessary violence.

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