?uestlove said in an Instagram post “I urge and challenge musicians and artists alike to push themselves to be a voice of the times that we live in...We need new Dylans. New Public Enemies. New Simones.” It is time young artists begin to take a stand. There is not a more fitting time to write, record, and capture protest music set to conceptual photography.
Only in America was made into an EP (5 tracks) of protest songs that is coupled with a series of conceptual photography. The project was released on November 24th 2016, a year after the day Mike Brown’s murderer, Darren Wilson, was not indicted.
We reached out to stations like the Boston branch of NPR (90.9) to do interviews and play some of the tracks. The cross-genre music was shared on social media in several formats as well as the photos.
The goal for Only in America was to target the wealthier part of Boston in a separate event where the music video will be showcased outside of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in South Boston.
Only In America will serve as a reminder to the individuals in the neighborhood of South Boston that as we move on, to keep in mind that police brutality is still affecting our culture. There was also a release party at Daniel’s house to showcase the photography and also have some of the music performed live as it helped promote sales of the project.
As artists this project will allowed us the chance to see how our art can create an impact for change using creative storytelling through conceptual photography, film and music to shed light on the issue of police brutality. Seeing images of men of color being projected in South Boston was to attention to the troubling reality of racial inequality to those who experience less of it to stimulate conversation between many types of people about the issues that are happening today in America.
The ultimate goal of this project will be to raise money to support the work of the non profit organization YAMI who has continuously spread their light in communities about Police Brutality, and to stimulate conversation about the issues America is facing today.