I wanted to ignore what is happening in AmeriKKKa, so I can talk about music. Unfortunately, music is so interwoven into how I cope with depression, anxiety, and other negative thoughts. Throughout this year, I have thankfully had amazing music to keep me functioning. The week before the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States was no different. With new albums from Common (Black America Again), Alicia Keys (Here), and Tinashe (Nightride). None of them disappointed. In particular, I found myself to drawn Nightride. The dark atmosphere all the way through was a fitting companion as we find ourselves uncertain and scared for the future.
“Sunburn” in particular was on my thoughts. The dismal optimism displayed throughout seems the only way to look at the future. Yes, there are things to be happy about specifically the historic appointments of women of color in the senate and in gubernatorial positions. ”This is like that rose in the thorn bush.” It is hard to even think of anything good now, but we must push on. “If I can turn my fear into beauty, that's what I'll do.”
I feel isolated in a world where I don’t know who I can trust. I’m even skeptical of my own family. To see people so willfully ignorant and indifferent to other human beings value is devastating. There is no empathy or understanding to be had for Trump voters. I thought it would be close, but that ultimately Hillary would win. The exit polls destroyed any lingering faith in white people.
You may have noticed that I almost exclusively talk about music made by black women. I feel no need to change course. I believe that representation matters. I believe that Black Lives Matter. I believe that black women and girls matter in a world that would ultimately rather see that they do not exist. So I will continue to represent and bring that music forward to your attention.
Finally, this is not the end. We have come this far we can’t give up. They have won the day. But we must press on no matter how weary.