"Hands Up" Black Lives Matter: The Cypher!
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This article is going to be different, because my partner and I are going to play a little game of tag with you guys! Some of you may remember my mentioning/introducing her at the top of the year when we released the Beyonce` 7/11 parody, but incase you missed it, she is a #PowerHouse that goes by the name of Phaye Kemp. On one magical evening a couple months ago, she called me up and told me about a great idea she had for our next production. There were a lot of matters taking place in the world that I know played an inspiring role in our efforts and initiative; however, I'll let her break it down for y'all. Kick it to em' Phabes!
What's up Life. Culture. People.,
"Hands Up" naturally was inspired by my visit to Selma’s 50th Year Jubilee Celebration, which effortlessly coincided with the devastation that we all witnessed in the news regarding innocent black lives being taken at the hands of police force. I thought about music and how it inspires so I thought- why not put into music, what we want to put into the media, about how we feel? I mean it would be taking our talents and doing our part in contributing to advocacy for black lives and against racial discrimination, right? It was my way documenting the devastating part of history that I was witnessing.
Je'Don- I know I was super excited about the idea because it would be a production that would make a difference in our surrounding communities and our society as a whole.
Phaye- The most memorable musical document of soft advocacy that I recalled myself listening to as a kid was "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday (1939) and that compelled me to feel and envision just the same way I intend for "Hands Up" to do for current and future generations. So one drive back home while thinking about doing the Selma documentary that my partner and I had embarked upon the opportunity of doing when the idea to infuse conventional protest with creative expression merited with rich content seemed like the perfect idea for our demonstration. Music heals, and our nation could use some TLC; so, I played around with lyrics and tunes then pitched it to my partner.
Je'Don- I love the message that the talented MC's collectively delivered. It was so seamless, you'd think that everyone sat together in a jam session and crafted their verses around one another's, but they didn't. Yep, they're just that talented!
Phaye/Je'Don- Well, with nothing further a'do, we'd like to present to you "Hands Up" A black Lives Matter Music Cypher, Brought to you by: PowerHouse Production Group!!!!
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