As America wrestles with the heartbreaking, maddening pattern of unpunished police brutality against black citizens, Alicia Keys is searching for strength through music. In a new song called "We Gotta Pray," Keys plays a soft, mournful piano ballad that sings of saving lives and fighting—and hoping—for justice. (And that melody line you recognize? Soul II Soul's "Back to Life.")
The accompanying video shows scenes from the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri and across the U.S., as well as images of the Civil Rights struggle in the 1960s and the seemingly endless, frequently racially motivated attacks continuing to happen around the world.
Many musicians have been vocal about the escalating violence and widespread sense of unrest in America in recent months, including Killer Mike, T.I., Frank Ocean, John Legend, Chuck D, Talib Kweli, Childish Gambino, and many more.