Lauryn Hill: Black Rage (Sketch)

Written by Joshua Blue

Tenor

June 9, 2020

In response to current protests against police brutality, NYFOS is re-posting Songs of the Day from tenor Joshua Blue, who has been bringing our attention to the Black Lives Matter movement on Song of the Day since 2017. He is currently requesting donations to support the Equal Justice Initiative.

Set to the tune of “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, “Black Rage” was a reprisal, brought back shortly after the shooting of Michael Brown (August 9, 2014 – Ferguson, Missouri). The piece looks at the atrocities the African American community has faced for years and how this hatred can take us into dark places.

“Black rage is founded on two thirds a person/rapings and beatings and suffering that worsens/Black human packages tied up in strings/Black rage can come from all these kinds of things”

cw: rape, abuse, physical violence, substance abuse

Originally posted August 8, 2017

Joshua Blue

British-American tenor and Toulmin Foundation Scholar Joshua Blue is a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist with the Washington National Opera. Mr. Blue has performed in several standout NYFOS programs, including Protest, W. C. Handy and the Birth of the Blues, and Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do.

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