Usher dropped a moving self-directed video for his new song I Cry, which he released in June.
He cries in the video against a backdrop of iconic Gordon Parks photographs of the civil right movement that flash across the screen.
Watch the video for I Cry here:
“While I was shut in during the pandemic and watching the death of George Floyd, the ongoing slaughtering of black men and women, the protests and the events that unfolded, I became very connected to the wider universal feeling of hopelessness.
“Like many, I grew increasingly frustrated by how slow things have been to change,” the singer told BET.
He said he was moved to tears over the ongoing police brutality against black people. He wanted to teach his sons that there’s nothing wrong with men showing emotions.
“Like many men, I was raised to believe that we have to be tough and not show our vulnerability, which I don’t want to teach them,” Usher stated.
Proceeds from his new track will all go to the non-profit Local Initiatives Support Corporation, which supports communities of colour in America.
(Compiled by Hayden Horner)