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It’s not a secret that the past week has been incredibly tough.

With the police-related deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Delrawn Small, as well as the killings of five Dallas police officers, racial tensions are running higher than usual. To help address the helplessness, frustration, and anxiety many of us are feeling, a few artists recently released powerful new songs.

According to CNN, on Thursday, Jay Z released his emotional single “Spiritual” on his streaming service, Tidal. The song addresses the epidemic of Black men being shot and killed by the police.

“Got my hands in the air in despair/don’t shoot/I just wanna do good,” the mogul raps on the track.

In an accompanying statement, the rapper wrote, “I’m saddened and disappointed in this America.”

The statements continues: “The free song which was written following the death of Mike Brown in 2015 illustrates Carter’s struggle with being a black father in America and trying to reconcile with the reality of police brutality.”

(Stream “Spiritual” here.)

On Friday, singer Miguel released the song “How Many,” which addresses the similar themes and the emotional toll these unjust deaths have on the Black community. According to the singer’s Instagram page, this song is a work-in-progress and he plans on “updating [it] as it evolves weekly.”

In addition, Swizz Beatz and rapper Scarface joined forces for the song “Sad News,” which is dedicated to Castile and Sterlings, Blavity noted. 

“Sad News” addresses not only how common these deaths are, but how our current political climate feeds into racial hatred and inequality. Scarface even makes reference to presidential candidate Donald Trump and the Ku Klux Klan during his verse, Pitchfork noted.

Thank you, fellas, for using your influence and visibility to speak out. This is exactly what we needed.



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