To me, to be a woman of color and artist takes a certain amount of audacity…
This is to say, by putting our work out there, by implicitly or explicitly asking the world to engage with our work, we are taking up space, we are saying our stories matter, we are saying we matter, that our lives matter.
And to say our lives matter is a big deal, it’s an important and revolutionary statement. So, to create music, to broaden the scope of what I put into the world, is to give greater expanse to this project of proclaiming the value of my life and the lives of those who I share experiences with.
— April Kae of Imanigold
This video was taken on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in Manhattan. The performance was given in recognition of Earth Day. And this particular song, Blackbird written by Paul McCartney, which followed a reading of not an elegy for Mike Brown, was dedicated to victims of police brutality.