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During this challenging time, we have to remember that the only way we will progress is if the overruling force is #Love. “Music is a universal language that all of us can feel regardless of color lines, gender, sexuality, age, race, religion…. it unifies us. We believe we can not fight hate with hate, only love. Just as we can not fight darkness with more darkness. Only Light.” Too many precious lives were taken from us this week, this month, this year. Rest in peace #AltonSterling. Rest in peace #PhilandoCastile #BlackLivesMatter. And the police that were peacefully guarding the #BlackLivesMatter rally in Dallas…. Rest in peace. #LorneAhrens, #MichaelKrol, #MichaelJSmith, #BrentThompson & #PatrickZamarripa. Stay strong and know that better days are coming… #BetterDays by Victoria + Ariana ..listen on @VictoriaMonet's soundcloud ♩
Ariana Grande has joined the growing number of public figures who are using their fame as a platform to deliver messages of peace and unity in the wake of last week’s police brutality. These injustices that left two innocent black men dead: Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, were followed by a horrific deadly sniper attack on five police officers in Dallas: Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa.
Since then, we’ve seen protests springing up all over, as people band together to call for an end to police brutality, violence and deep-seated racist beliefs that plague America and keep us divided. The unifying track, “Better Days” by Grande and Victoria Monét, is a heartfelt number that the duo collaborated on with the help of Grammy-winning producer Flip. The somber song expresses compassion and empathy for the victims and for those who are fighting for justice. With lyrics like, “Baby there’s a war right outside our window/ Don’t you hear people fighting for their lives?” and “What kind of life will our babies have?/ It starts right here and now/ Hoping for better days,” the new song also delivers messages of peace and hope.
Listen to the song below: