This morning, Def Jam artist Bibi Bourelly released, via Noisey, a black-and-white video for her starkly arranged song “Riot,” as well as a written message offering prayers for the victims of yesterday’s horrific shooting in Orlando. Using footage of recent demonstrations, standoffs and upheavals on the campaign trail, the video was of course produced before the events of yesterday. But its message, and Bourelly’s cri de coeur reprinted below, is all too timely.
“We are not one voice,” Bourelly writes. “We are a roaring crowd.”
Sometimes when I’m on a plane, flying from country to country, city to city, chasing this peculiar dream of mine… I look down at the world beneath me and realize what we really are in the grand scheme of things. If you pay close attention, when the plane is just taking off you can faintly see people in action, living their own lives. It’s ironic and charming in a weird way because they’re not even aware that someone else is admiring them with fascination from a different angle of the world, as they walk this distinctive earth of ours.
Thousands of tiny, moving heads eventually blend in with the landscape as the aircraft rises higher. The large swaying trees that appear to be so mighty from the ground, shrink into what appears to be green fragments of leaves… and by the time we reach the clouds, everything that we thought to be its own individual thing, every detail of anything that we ever considered to exist on its own, melts into the the scenery and we become one.
We are all one from the clouds We are not our genders We are not our religions We are not our races We are not our opinions We are not our doubts, insecurities or fears…
We are not one voice, we are a roaring crowd.
We are the land and sky; We are an ambiguous mixture of every color that exists under the sun.
We are all in this together and we are responsible for each other.
Everything you do or say matters to us, whether you realize it or not.
Love infinitely. At all costs no matter what.
praying 4 Orlando (and the rest of the entire world.) Fighting 4 our future.
New society 4 the unity of all. Yours truly, Beebz