With the recent tragedies of last week’s shootings of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and the Dallas police that lost their lives during what was supposed to be a peaceful protest, we’ve seen celebrities like Jay-Z, Miguel, Swizz Beatz, and DJ Greg Street express their feelings in the best way they know how…through music. Now Victoria Monét and Ariana Grande have come together for “Better Days”.
The hopeful song looks at the violence going on in America and is desperately calling for a change. Victoria Monét wrote on her Soundcloud page:
“I’m heartbroken by all of the recent tragedies the came as a result of hatred, racism and injustice,” she wrote. “I’m also sad at how numb some of us are to it, because it is far too common! This is not a video game or a movie you’re witnessing on your screens! This is our unfortunate REALITY! When I think about how I feel, the word confused comes to mind…So today we just want to try and help in one of the ways we know how!”
Ariana also posted this caption under a snippet of the song on her IG:
“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…”
We can only hope and pray for better days. Listen above.