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First Listen: “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath

This song was released in 1970, towards the very end of the anti-war movement of the late 60’s and early 70’s. At the time the song was written, the Vietnam War was still raging on, and wouldn’t come to an… Continue Reading →

Community and hope in times of injustice: “For My People” by Joey Bada$$

Listen to the full podcast below.   Joey Bada$$, a young Black artist from Brooklyn, NY has gained a tremendous amount of popularity and a large following throughout the last couple years. In 2017 Bada$$ released an album titled, “All… Continue Reading →

The Bigger Picture by Lil Baby Podcast

Bill Wolff: Welcome back to Protest Anthems, the podcast about all things music, social justice, and protest. In this episode, Emily will be examining how the national uprising of Black Lives Matter protest has inspired artists to record songs that… Continue Reading →

more than ‘just to say i did it’

Transcript: more than ‘just to say i did it’ tape — Nancy Pelosi Donald Trump is not going to be president of the United States, take it to the bank.         tape — Barack Obama  I continue… Continue Reading →

Lineages – “Hunger” by Florence and The Machine

The two lineages that I find to be most interesting that my songs connect to is the theme of eating disorders or self-love and acceptance and the word choices used. In the song Hunger the word hunger is used to… Continue Reading →

Second Listen: “Preach” Lineage(s)

“Preach” (and its music video) covers so many topics and areas of suffering for people in the United States right now, but some of the major themes that “Preach” highlights is school shootings/violence, police brutality against Black lives, and the… Continue Reading →

Fourth Listen- No Church in the Wild

In “No Church in the Wild” Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Frank Ocean comment on a number of hot button social topics such as romantic relationships and the significance and legitimacy of organized religion. The famed artists are extremely overt with… Continue Reading →

Fourth Listen: Looking for America

Del Rey’s genre is typically considered pop, “dream pop,” or even indie, this track is more accurately described as singer/songwriter, folk, acoustic. The vocals are prominent, allowing for the lyrics to get the listener’s attention. While I struggled to find… Continue Reading →

Sheep: Second Listen

In April of 2015, a man named Freddie Gray was arrested for carrying a switchblade, and received so much trauma to his spinal cord during the arrest and ride to the police station it killed him. This unjust and violent… Continue Reading →

Waiting on the World to Change- Second Listen

John Mayer’s, Waiting on the World to Change, was written around 2006. Around this time in the United States, George W. Bush was the president at the time. George W. Bush was a member of the Republican party and served… Continue Reading →

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