My heart is still beating heavy with pride, my spirit is forever moved, and fists are raised high cheering for Kendrick Lamar. His performance at the 58th annual Grammy Awards was exactly what America and the world needed to see and hear. I've seen so many articles that read his performance was controversial or not appropriate for TV. However in my mind what's not appropriate is the injustice of the legal system, the multiple murders of African American men, women, and children at the hands of police, mass incarceration, racism, discrimination from jobs, the lack of support of African Americans in entertainment , gentrification, poverty, and slavery are controversial however it's reality for African Americans. Kendrick Lamar used his opportunity and platform to highlight these problems in front of millions Sunday night. The visuals Kendrick displayed during his set were beyond powerful and strong
- Kendrick walked on stage chained with other black men chained and behind a cell for his performance of "The Blacker The Berry" (Symbolized slavery and mass incarceration) I attended a natural hair convention two years ago and I touched real chains that were used during slavery times. The weight made my mother and I teary eyed. Just to know that our ancestors walked with these on for miles. Also the man that played the saxaphone during his set also showed how much talent is hidden behind bars.
-Then he performed "Alright" accompanied by men in women adorned in African tribal wear . They did a native dance in front of a bonfire . The men from the previous set were unchained and dance along with them . (Symbolizing that we as African and African Americans are one and no matter what we are going to be alright).
Kendrick Lamar also performed another song "Untitled 3". The lyrics represented heart , power, and respect. They are Hiiipower words that elated a heavy message.
Overall seven time Grammy award winner Kendrick Lamar let it be known that although African Americans deal with numerous issues we are proud to be black. He even displayed "Compton" over a outline of Africa. This was not only a tribute to both but another message symbolized "HOME".
Congrats Kendrick on your five Grammy's for "To Pimp A Butterfly"
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