Common and Stevie Wonder’s New Video “Black America Again”

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Common (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images); Steve Wonder (Photo by Chiaki Nozu/WireImage

Common has shared a new song featuring Stevie Wonder called “Black America Again,” via Complex. Produced by Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper, the song features Esperanza Spalding on bass, J Rock on “scratches,” Patrick Warren on strings, and ad libs from Chuck D and MC Lyte. The song’s music video, which you can watch below, opens with footage of Alton Sterling’s fatal police shooting in Baton Rouge. Common’s lyrics also directly reference Trayvon Martyin (“Trayvon will never get to be an older man/Black children, their childhood stole from them”), Black Lives Matter (“I know that Black Lives Matter/And they matter to us/These are thing we gotta discuss”), and mass incarceration (“The new plantation/Mass incarceration/Instead of educate/They’d rather convict the kids”).
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