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14 Songs To Help Us Through The Next 4 Years

The 2016 presidential election was an emotional rollercoaster for everyone. Whether you voted for Trump, Clinton or an independent candidate, one thing that we all can agree on is that America’s mask as a “post racial” nation was ripped off — this election showed how scarred our country still is.

Slightly over 50 years after Jim Crow was abolished, America is still healing.  And while we try to overcome the adversity and racial injustice that plagues our country, we have to accept that Donald Trump is our next president, even if we don’t agree with his stance.

The next four years will definitely be much different from when Obama was in office. However, we must not forget the power that is within us — a power that is much greater when we unite for the good. We have to continue to live life to the fullest, build up our communities and move America forward. We owe it to ourselves and our future kids to make this world a better place however we can.

Like you, music is also powerful. It connects us and helps us get through the ups and downs of life. Here’s 14 inspirational tunes to help us get through the era of Trump:

1. Rise Up – Andra Day

And we’ll rise up / Rise like the waves / We’ll rise up / In spite of the ache / We’ll rise up / And we’ll do it a thousands times again…

2. Alright – Kendrick Lamar

But if God got us we then gon’ be alright / We gon’ be alright / Do you hear me, do you feel me? / We gon’ be alright…

3.Powerful – Empire (feat. Jussie Smollet and Alicia Keys)

Every shade was beautifully made / And powerful / There’s so much strength in you and me / Powerful / A breath away from victory / I matter, you matter, we matter all / I matter, you matter, we matter all / Powerful…

4. Stand Up – Destiny’s Child

And I believe that in my life / I will see / An end to hopelessness / Or giving up / Or suffering / If we all stand together this one time / Then no one will get left behind / And stand up for life / Stand up for love…

5. Nobody Wins a War – Raheem DeVaughn (feat. Jill Scott, Bilal, Anthony Hamilton, Algebra, Chrisette Michele, Shelby Johnson, Ledisi, Citizen Cope, Dwele, Chico DeBarge, Rudy Currence)

Nobody wins a war / We, the people speak, speak / We want to be free of this sick bureaucracy / No more death tolls with our morning coffee / Oh, government, you have lost your feeling for life…

6. Where is the Love – Black Eyed Peas

People killin’, people dyin’ / Children hurt and you hear them cryin’ / Can you practice what you preach? / Or would you turn the other cheek? / Father, Father, Father help us / Send some guidance from above / ‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’ / Where is the love…

7. Need Freedom – Empire Cast (feat. Sierra McClain)

Need freedom / Our world is cryin’, no more silence, with guns and violence / Need freedom / I can’t keep dyin’, we’re way too quiet, no more silence / Need freedom / Stop this evil, free my people, we’re all equal / Need freedom / Our world get’s brighter, keep on tryin’, keep on fightin’ for freedom…

8. Pretty Bird (Freestyle) – Jhené Aiko (feat. Common)

Pretty bird, pretty bird, I know you’re hurtin’ / Well so am I, so am I / Pretty bird, pretty bird, pretty bird, pretty bird / Please don’t cry, you can fly / And there’s a blinding light inside of you / And they can not deny you / Pretty bird, pretty bird, pretty bird…

9. Finish Line – Chance The Rapper

All my days I prayed and prayed and now I see the finish line / I’m gonna finish mine ye ah

10. Nas Album Done – DJ Khaled (feat. Nas)

This trend I was settin’ came to fruition / I’m assistin’ to push the culture forward / To all my go supporters, go support us / Like a local black-owned grocery store / Cause in the hood sh*t ain’t passed down through blood…

11. Liberation – Outkast (feat. Cee-Lo, Erykah Badu, and Big Rube)

Is there anything I can say to help you find your way / Touch ya soul, make ya whole, the same for you and I / There’s not a minute that goes by that I don’t believe / We can fly but I can feel it in the wind / The beginning or the end / So people keep your head to the sky / Shake that load off, shake that load off…

12. Blessed – Jill Scott

Woke up in the morning feeling fresh to death / Went to sleep stressed woke up refreshed / Momma’s on my right side, daddy on my left / I’m so blessed, yes yes yes…

13. Celebrate – Anderson .Paak

Time never cares, if you’re there or not there / All you ever needed was a simple plan / But you’re doing well, I mean you’re not dead / So let’s celebrate while we still can…

14. Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke

It’s been too hard living but I’m afraid to die / Cause I don’t know what’s up there beyond the sky / It’s been a long, a long time coming / But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will…

Those were just a few songs to keep us encouraged over the next four years. What other inspirational tunes do you recommend? 


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  • Reply Kaye-lani

    I’m a loving the Becoming Brilliance spotify playlist. I’m currently listening to it. I will def check out these when I get the chance and create a playlist.

    Some songs I listen to get me through other situations are:
    Londrelle (the entire album Feels is dope, it’s mainly about relationships/breakup)
    Life Music Jonathan McReynolds (some of my favs are I Made It, Everything, Smile, and No Gray)

    November 14, 2016 at 8:31 pm
    • Reply

      We’re glad you like the playlist Kaye-lani! We’ll definitely check out the artists you mentioned. We need more motivational tunes.

      November 16, 2016 at 11:18 pm

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