Music

“Smoke sum herb” by Shyronda S Felder

“Melancholy” by Joshua Oshea Mergerson

It is a song about someone I was close too that passed away, the lyrics will speak for it’s self!

Hear “Children of Freedom,” an original submission by Marty Lamar

“No Peace” by Celeste Butler

In Jacob Martin’s words, “My hope is that [this song] finds its way into every corner of the nation, energizing and encouraging people of all classes and colors to stand together in solidarity and rally against our oppressive systems; but if it inspires even one person to add their voice, their time, their resources and their body to the fight for justice, then I’ll consider it a success.” This song isn’t an empty shout into the void, it’s a determined boost of determined energy. It’s a firm and meaningful stance for the side of humanity. It’s an anthem for the impassioned, and an accountability check for those who have shied away from standing up and speaking out. It aims to make clear that true sustainable change will require a commitment from everyone; because “there is no peace, until there is peace for all.”

“No Peace” by Celeste Butler

In Jacob Martin’s words, “My hope is that [this song] finds its way into every corner of the nation, energizing and encouraging people of all classes and colors to stand together in solidarity and rally against our oppressive systems; but if it inspires even one person to add their voice, their time, their resources and their body to the fight for justice, then I’ll consider it a success.” This song isn’t an empty shout into the void, it’s a determined boost of determined energy. It’s a firm and meaningful stance for the side of humanity. It’s an anthem for the impassioned, and an accountability check for those who have shied away from standing up and speaking out. It aims to make clear that true sustainable change will require a commitment from everyone; because “there is no peace, until there is peace for all.”

“Dear America,” by Amira Marshall

“Dear America,” is an original song I wrote, arranged, and produced that discusses many of the issues regarding many of the struggles people of color go through and systemic racism. This songs specifically focuses on Black Lives and the adversity faced by the Black community throughout America. The inspiration to write this song came from seeing many of people who I personally knew having different views then I did regarding the Black Lives Matter movement. I wrote this song in hopes to convey the message of the mistreatment of Black people and people of color in a society that claims it’s already fair. I wanted to open the eyes of those around me and open the opportunity for conversation.

“The Third Island” by Maurice Williams

This is the third movement in a seven piece work based on some of my travels.

“Walk With Me” by Brandy White

“Cavernous” by Amir Hubbard

“Be True To You” by Charlie Jordan Brookins

I wrote this song during the pandemic when I was isolated from my friends.

“Drown” by Chrislyn Shepard

“In The Dark” by Alexandria Carrington

“DEEPDIVE” by Daks McClettie II, a collection of songs:

"Pandora"

"Rain"

"Past Life"

"She Said"

"Venus Interlude"

"Thorned Roses"

"Okay"

"Outro"

“Blue” by Maria Cornelious

Blue is a self-written and produced song that I have been working on since May of 2020.

“149 West One Hundred and Eighth Street Manhattan” by C Niambi Steele

A blues in the key of gratitude written through the eyes of homelessness

“All” by Ben Woods

It is a song about freedom. Finding it. Seizing it. And running with it. Then, eventually passing it on to the next.

“Hands Up…Don’t Shoot!” by Kodisha Bivins

This spoken word piece was created to speak out against police brutality and injustice. It was written to highlight the pain blacks in America feel and create thought-provoking conversation that leads to activism and change.

“Her Song” by Cherry Mantis

“Make The Change” by John M Tyler

“Make The Change” is the closing song to John Tyler’s EP titled “No Color”. The song was heavily inspired from 60’s to 70’s soul & blues, but still is relevant today. John Tyler conveys in the lyrics that there’s still hope for justice for black people in America, and that soon we won’t have to fight for our lives. John encourages all listeners to help make a change

“Rough Ride” by Djore Nance

A rough ride is an illegal policing tactic, which resulted in the death of Freddie Gray. This song describes the horrendous nature of that tactic and overpolicing in general.

“Symphony for the End of the World (2020)” by Amrita Dhillon

“This audio piece ‘Symphony for the End of the World’ created during the first COVID-19 lockdown, deals with the mass paranoia and conspiracy of the COVID age. Snippets from Orson Welles’ 1938 radio drama ‘The War of the Worlds’ – which unintentionally provoked a mass panic about an alien invasion – are layered over contemporary COVID-19 conspiracy theorists who have created their own modern brand of paranoia with seriously damaging consequences.”

“Airplane Mode” by Karisa Washington

“My submission is a produced instrumental that I created during the spike of Covid-19. Everything is made from scratch and I created it on a airplane (how I got the title of the song) coming back from my hometown. I made the best with the intentions of reflecting my feelings that I experienced during the pandemic. During the pandemic, it was hard to socially interact with people and while I had difficulties with the issue of not being able to speak to people face to face, I was able to let out all my emotions into my work.”

“My Eyes” by Jarrett Murray

A song and scene based off of a photo by Accra Shepp of Andrea Willis at a BLM protest in August, with real dialogue from an interview with Andrea herself. Originally created for The Civilians: Showing Up Cabaret. Words by Katie Madison, Music by Jarrett Murray

“Caged Bird Improv” by Amanda Finch (vocals), Alex Nguyen (Piano/Trumpet) Sam Weber (Bass), and Jay Sawyer (Drums).

Artist’s description: “This was an improv selection based on Maya Angelou’s Caged Bird.”

Original Songs by Bobby Daye:

“Here 4U”

Artist’s description: “A reminder about doing for ourselves what we ask others to do for us. Be mindful of our sisters and brothers.”

Download and Read the Lyrics of "Here 4U"

"The Voice"

Song written by Bobby Daye, Sylvia MacCalla and Yvette Cason. Video created by Arnetia Walker. Artists description: “This song was created to highlight the importance of voting and having your voice heard.”

"For America"

SMU Student Trajan Clayton: “Wake Up” (Music by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes)

Artist’s statement: “Though we be chained to our history wherever we go, we hold the key to our own freedom. Time to get woke!” With Aly Marchant, Ethan Taylor, Tyler Baker, Anthony Gaetjen, Megan Muscato. Filmed and edited by Macy Mae Cowart.