Jay Z, Chris Brown, Miguel, and Swizz Beatz have all used their music to speak out following the recent police shootings of black men. Now Ariana Grande and singer-songwriter Victoria Monét join forces on a new collaboration, which finds them hoping for “Better Days.”
“How we gonna stop the violence, stop the hurt, stop the hatred, stop the murder?” asks Ari. “We’re all human, that’s for certain / Come together, we deserve it.”
The song was accompanied by a note from Monét. “I’m heartbroken by all of the recent tragedies the came as a result of hatred, racism and injustice,” she wrote. “I’m also sad at how numb some of us are to it, because it is far too common! This is not a video game or a movie you’re witnessing on your screens! This is our unfortunate REALITY! When I think about how I feel, the word confused comes to mind…So today we just want to try and help in one of the ways we know how!”
Ariana also called for love and unity and sent her prayers to the families of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the slain police officers in Dallas. “During this challenging time, we have to remember that the only way we will progress is if the overruling force is #Love,” she said. “Too many precious lives were taken from us this week, this month, this year. Rest in peace #AltonSterling. Rest in peace #PhilandoCastile #BlackLivesMatter. And the police that were peacefully guarding the #BlackLivesMatter rally in Dallas…. Rest in peace.”
Listen to their hopeful message below.