[Listen] "Resistance" Playlist - AURN Inspirational

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Published on July 31st, 2019 | by Nina Pulley

[Listen] “Resistance” Playlist

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Martin. Malcolm. James. Aretha. Nina. Mahalia. These are names that ring in our minds when we think of resistance. Marches, protests, songs, manifestos. Resistance is a multidisciplinary word, reflecting the struggles and collective creative outlet of Black people in a time of trouble. In this playlist, we hear songs that echo the past while ringing out into an imagined future of promise, hope, and light. In Black America Again, we hear Common and Stevie Wonder, two voices stretching across generations, sing about the conditions Black people are facing in the present: housing projects, police shootings, unequal opportunities, all with the collective potential and genius of Black people in mind.

Not only is resistance an act but it is a way of life. It does not happen all at once, but rather in steps, waiting for the next person to make a bold move and seize it along with the moment. The 1960s was not characterized by marches and boycotts, although they happened at a great rate, but rather a spirit of expectation and a belief that a just future could be achieved. Listen to these songs which, in ways, are our own version of the soundtrack of the sixties, and renew your hope for a better future. 

Jamila Woods sings about being very Black in a Black girl clap-and-sing hand game style, encapsulating the Blackest thing she – and probably many of us Black women – remember. The rhythm and the memorability of those songs are reverberations of the spirit of rhythm that lives deep within the Black experience, even from the continent. Sister Rosetta Tharpe strums while singing the pain of enslavement and marginalization in the song Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child. Kindred the Family Soul, an example of Black love in music, having a thriving Black community that is paid well and eats well, no sign of fear anywhere.

Resistance takes many forms, many of them silent, many of them solitary. But when we come together in community, we begin to see the parallel experiences that we all share and try to find a way to fit our little puzzle pieces into a bigger picture of resilience and love. Listen to this playlist and encourage yourself, remember you are not the first nor the last and resist.

Resistance takes many forms, many of them silent, many of them solitary. But when we come together in community, we begin to see the parallel experiences that we all share and try to find a way to fit our little puzzle pieces into a bigger picture of resilience and love. Listen to this playlist and encourage yourself, remember you are not the first nor the last and resist.


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