A finer and more powerful musical moment in 2014 was The-Dream’s socially conscious tune “Black,” released shortly after Donald Sterling became Public Enemy No. 1 in America. Providing the song and visual its own unique timestamp was the montage of historic clips commemorating the message.
Terius returns with the official video while the song is set to play a prominent role in his forthcoming album, Fruition. Equally as committed to the current state of affairs across the world, the new visual may not provide the instant goosebumps its predecessor managed to. He explained part of his motivation in a statement released with the video.
“I needed to take a step in a direction away from my comfort zone and do and say and sing something worthwhile, I think this way all the time, and I spend most of my day in the battle of being Black and being a minority. Money has not changed my status in the department of racism and or classism,” the singer said in a statement.
“I take a step in this direction in order to no longer ignore the real part of life that exists after I walk out of a studio, after I take an award at a show, and after I drop my kids off to school. America is still broken. I only wish to help bring these broken ways to light so we can fix our hearts, and make this dream a reality and not a segregated dream filled with false hope.”
Kudos to Brother Nash for not only addressing relevant issues in society, but also having the courage to put it in his video. Dream’s belief that “classism is the new racism” may not cease fighting in Palestine, growing frustrations in Ukraine or violence in Chicago.
It is comforting to know, however, at least a few artists are paying attention.