In the wake and memory of the many senseless deaths of young African-American males nationwide at the hands of law enforcement like Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Anthony Smith, Dario Tena, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Akai Gurley, and unfortunately too many others to list them all here, we share one of our great 100 moments of People Before Politics Radio Show.
Greenburgh’s own Angela Johnson blessed us with her presence and sang her soul-stirring single Black Boy Lullaby live in the studio. Whether at the hands of law enforcement or hands of other black males as Marvin Gaye so elegantly sang in 1971 ‘brother brother, there’s far too many of you dying,’ we share this song!
African-American males are dying at an alarming rate. A.J.’s soulful track is just what the black community needed, in these troubled time, an encouraging, inspiring, uplifting melody that pays tribute to our black boys.
Written, produced, arranged and sung by Angela, SoulBounce.com describes the ode to African-American young men from her new CD, ‘Naturally Me’:
“Black Boy Lullaby” isn’t “your average, run-of-the-mill lullaby,” but it is a clarion call for Black boys to stand tall, be proud and to not live in fear. Sung from the point of view of a mother writing a letter to her unborn son, Johnson encourages this young king to never let anyone dull his light but to be aware that there are some out there who may harbor ill will toward him for no other reason than the color of his skin. Angela’s impassioned lyrics are punctuated by her soulful delivery, gospel style harmonies and a bluesy Hammond organ
AJ is a Father, Author, Writer, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
You can also hear AJ every Thursday morning at 7:20 A.M. on Good Morning Westchester with host Bob Marrone on WVOX