The 60th Annual Grammy Awards kicked things off Sunday night with none other than the amazing, talented and truth speaking Kendrick Lamar performing with always socially conscious U2 and the comedic truth of Dave Chappelle. His performance highlighted our continued fight in making people recognize the difference with their America and our America. What we are experiencing with stars like Kendrick and the #TimesupNow movement is a “Revolution that IS being televised”. Next to Kendrick the other dopest yet woke performance in our book was from Logic alongside Khalid and Alessia Cara performing 1-800-273-8255. Don’t get me wrong I sang my heart out to SZA and danced my butt off to Bruno and Cardi B, but it was Logic that made me stop and pay attention. The song itself is amazing but to see a performance where those that stood on stage with him were the exact people who once upon a time called that number was another important moment of the night. His speech for social justice was simply the cherry on the sundae. His performance was used to propel a country torn apart by indifference to care for those that need hope, love and faith in humanity.
"Black is beautiful. Hate is ugly. Women are as precious as they are stronger than any man I have ever met. And unto them, I say stand tall and crush all predators under the weight of your heart that is full of the love they will never take away from you. Be not scared to use your voice, especially in instances like these when you have the opportunity. Stand and fight for those who are not weak, but who have yet to discover the strength that the evil of this world has done its best to conceal." -Logic (for full speech visit Logic's Facebook)
There are many people especially teen girls out there that believe how they feel, what they encounter and how they deal with life shows a weaker side of them. Logic's explanation of hidden strength gave us life and spoke a truth so many have yet to discover. It seems as though that is his mission with his musical gift, to call for change and hope in the world alongside many others. His song alone is proof of that. In our 13 years of mentoring girls we have spoken with so many girls that were honest enough to say "I don't want to be alive". For many they had no clue there was even a number to call for help. Although many have gone on to deal with the things in life that made them feel suicide was the answer, they now use their experience to share their truths, as well as, that number with others who may have or are losing hope in humanity or in life. The Grammys is an international platform for some of the world’s biggest artists/performers. For Logic to use his moment to help those that may never experience such an award show was phenomenal. The Grammy’s as always is entertaining but just think someone last night was watching the Grammys and if for a moment Logic gave them hope and Kendrick showed he shares the same anger yet is determined for change, what else can anyone say.
If you are out there and you feel as though tomorrow is not worth living. I am here to tell you ….you are not alone, there is someone out there that needs you to live. I know you don’t see it but let someone else help you, cry with you, talk with you. YOU MATTER, YOUR LIFE MATTERS and if no one has told you DON’T GIVE UP.
If that’s you call 1-800273-8255.someone on the other end of that number will truly understand. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GET THROUGH THIS TOUGH MOMENT IN LIFE ALONE.