A List of My Favorite Inspirational Songs In Light Of Current Events

In light of the recent social, political and economical events in my local community, nationally and abroad, I often find myself turning to music now more than ever for optimistic inspiration…

With the antagonistic comments continuing to increase across social media platforms formed from racial prejudice attitudes, ignorance, stupidity and bigotry. (Notice I named both ignorance and stupidity, because they can not be used interchangeably, like many people assume.) An ignorant person is unaware of a situation and/or choosing to not learn more about it. Whereas, a “stupid” person (a word I am not a fan of using) is someone who IS informed on a situation, yet is still choosing to deny facts and voice their own opinion (knowing and seeing the truth, but still being too naive to believe it).

With that being said, the lyrics to these next few songs highlight the hope in humanity that I only can wish more people would see. I was lucky enough to be raised in a family of Native American, African American and Caucasian descent and grown up in a house filled with love and encouragement to always follow my dreams and encourage others to do the same, that I will always be thankful for.

My Father, Terrance (with the support of my Mother, Misty, and Brother, Tyrese) has spent his entire adult life traveling across the state of Louisiana and beyond, preaching positivity and love to the younger generation through dance and motivational speaking that has inspired me to one day do the same.

Unfortunately, I can not include EVERY inspirational song, so feel free to share your favorites with me and continue to spread love! xoxo

 

*In no particular order*

 

“Where Is The Love?” By The Black Eyed Peas

First Verse:

“What’s wrong with the world, mama
People livin’ like they ain’t got no mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that’ll bring you trauma…”

“Changes” – 2Pac 

First verse:

“Come on come on
I see no changes. Wake up in the morning and I ask myself,
Is life worth living? Should I blast myself?”

 

“Waiting On The World to Change” By John Mayer

First Verse:

“Me and all my friends
We’re all misunderstood
They say we stand for nothing and
There’s no way we ever could
Now we see everything that’s going wrong
With the world and those who lead it
We just feel like we don’t have the means
To rise above and beat it.”

“Man In The Mirror” By Michael Jackson

First Verse:

“I’m gonna make a change, for once in my life
It’s gonna feel real good, gonna make a difference
Gonna make it right…

As I turn up the collar on my favorite winter coat
This wind is blowin’ my mind
I see the kids in the street, with not enough to eat
Who am I, to be blind? Pretending not to see their needs
A summer’s disregard, a broken bottle top
And a one man’s soul
They follow each other on the wind ya’ know
’Cause they got nowhere to go
That’s why I want you to know”

“I Can” By Nas
First Verse:

“I know I can (I know I can)

Be what I wanna be (be what I wanna be)
If I work hard at it (If I work hard at it)
I’ll be where I wanna be (I’ll be where I wanna be)
Be, B-Boys and girls, listen up
You can be anything in the world, in God we trust
An architect, doctor, maybe an actress…”

“If You’re Out There” By: John Legend

First Verse:

“If you hear this message, wherever you stand
I’m calling every woman, calling every man
We’re the generation
We can’t afford to wait
The future started yesterday and we’re already late”

 

Lastly, I have included both the original “USA For Africa,” version of We Are The World and “We  Are The World 25 for Haiti,” because I just love the both of them so much! xoxo

 

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