RESISTANCE AT THE GRAMMYS

NICOLE KALI

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RESISTANCE AT THE GRAMMYS

Important moments in American cultural history occurred at the 2017 Grammy Awards this year.

Adele addressed Black empowerment and uplift through Beyonce's music.

"You are our light. And the way that you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering, and you make them stand up for themselves."

 

Beyonce won an award for her album Lemonade: an unapologetic ode to Black womanhood. She represented a divine mother onstage, advocating for better lives and representation for her people.

"We all experience pain and loss and often we become inaudible. My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that will give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history, to confront issues that make us uncomfortable.

 

It’s important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror — first through their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House, and The Grammys, and see themselves.

And have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligent, and capable.

This is something I want for every child of every race, and I feel it’s vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes."

Katy Perry performed "Chained to the Rhythm", a song slapping the American Dream in the face.

"So comfortable, we're living in a bubble, bubble
So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble, trouble

 

Turn it up, keep it on repeat
Stumbling around like a wasted zombie, yeah
We think we're free

Up in your high place, liars; time is ticking for the empire.
...We're all chained to the rhythm."

Perry screamed 'No hate' before leaving the stage.

Busta Rhymes, Anderson.Paak and A Tribe Called Quest dropped the best political pile-drive in protest of Trump.

Rhymes had a powerful message as soon as the group got started.

 

“I’m not doing the political climate right now. I just want to thank President Agent Orange for perpetuating all of the evil that you’ve been perpetuating throughout the United States."

“I want to thank President Agent Orange for your unsuccessful attempt at the Muslim ban. When we come together, we the people! We the people! We the people! We the people."

They challenged white supremacy and militant Islamophobia with back-up dancers in army gear, a crowd representing the diversity of America...and in the performance's height, an army of hijabis-Trump's refugees-

Q-Tip elaborated in "We the People":

"All of my blacks, you must go
All of you Mexicans, you must go
All of you bad folks, you must go!
Muslims and gays/boy, we hate your ways!

We'd like to say to all those people around the world who are pushing people who are in power to represent them, we represent you.

"Resist! Resist! Resist!"

To summarize, the 2017 Grammys were their most political yet. We should take a cue from each artist who had courage to speak truth.

Art holds revolutionary power. Music can change our current world.


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