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Music For The Movement

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Recording artist Kendrick Lamar performs onstage at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
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Ever since the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer almost three weeks ago, songs that implicitly or explicitly call for racial justice have echoed in the streets and shown up on Spotify playlists.

Add to that new protest songs by artists responding to today's movement and there's plenty of music to match the many, many feelings you're having these days — from angry to inspired to just plain fed up.

Just this week H.E.R. shared a new song, I Can't Breathe.

Here's what she had to say about writing it:

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“Just by the title, you know that it means something very, very kind of painful and very revealing. These lyrics were kind of easy to write because it came from a conversation with what’s happening right now, what’s been happening, and the change that we need to see. I think music is powerful when it comes to change and when it comes to healing, and that’s why I wrote this song, to make a mark in history. And I hope this song does that.”


Check out more protest music pics from our friends at the podcast Heat Rocks.

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