Alicia Keys released her video for “We Are Here” on her Facebook page today. In the video, Keys can be seen rocking her signature throwback braided and beaded hairstyle from her first video “Fallin”. Keys has been teasing the video of Instagram over the past few days:
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 the Associated Press, Keys shared details about 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.”
So real but it’s so sad
And while we’re burning this incense
We gon’ pray for the innocent
Cause right now it don’t make sense
Right now it don’t make sense
Let’s talk about chi-town
Let’s talk about Gaza
Let’s talk about
Let’s talk about Israel
Right now it is real
Let’s talk about
Let’s talk Nigeria, and the massive hysteria
Our souls are brought together so that we can love each other brother
The beautiful tune is much-needed in our world right now where tragedy seems to be ubiquitous both overseas and in our back yards. It’s a beautiful and necessary thing to have artists like Keys lend their voices to effect change. Keys explains more 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.
I have a vision that I believe is more than a dream, that I know can be our reality. I believe in an empowered world community built on the true meaning of equality – where we are all considered one people, regardless of race, religion, gender, zip code, belief system or sexual orientation. I believe all of our voices should be heard, so that our representation reflects our population. We need our leadership to reflect an equal balance of the gifts that both men and women have to offer. I believe in a world where every child born receives a quality education – where their unique gifts are nurtured so that they may be a beneficial presence in this world. I believe in mutual respect and cooperation among all peoples and all nations.
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.
I believe in Peace & Love & Unity. I believe that this vision can be a reality. And, it’s not about me. It’s about WE.
Together we can give birth to a kinder and more peaceful world for ALL children. Our souls were brought together so that we can love each other sister, brother. We Are Here. We are here for all of us. That’s why #WeAreHere.
Sent with Light,
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