Lauryn Hill is the latest star chiming in on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
The Fugees singer on Thursday released a “sketch” version of her song “Black Rage” as a dedication to the citizens of Ferguson currently fighting for racial equality. Hill says the acoustic track, which dates back to 2012, was recorded in her living room.
“An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO,” Hill wrote on Twitter with a link to her SoundCloud. Listen to the song below.
“Black Rage” plays on the Sound of Music classic “My Favorite Things” and begins with the lyrics, “Black rage is founded on two-thirds a person/ Rapings and beatings and suffering that worsens / Black human packages tied up in strings/ Black rage can come from all these kinds of things.”
Among the other stars adding to the national uproar is Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams, who appeared on Jane Velez-Mitchell’s HLN show to voice his outrage. “This started with a kid getting shot and killed and left in the street for hours,” he said. “I’ve never seen a white body left in the heat for four hours in the sweltering heat.”
On August 9, an unarmed teenager named Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson. The event has since prompted racial tension and outrage across the country.
Kerry Washington, John Legend, Lena Dunham, Russell Simmons and Mia Farrow are among other bold-faced names to voice their opinions on the situation via social media. More on that here.