No, this isn’t your normal run of the mill lullaby.
The passion Angela Johnson sings with on “Black Boy Lullaby” is the strength of a mother; the pains of a woman watching the community around her eat its young. As she put together her upcoming album Naturally Me, Mrs. Johnson knew there were some topics she really wanted to write about, topics that strayed beyond the boundaries of traditional R&B. Sure, she’s writing about love, but the thread throughout the album extends to her community, her culture and those whose voices are being silenced by the institutions that are failing around us.
As a mother of a young daughter, she felt compelled to write the song, as she observes the continued difficulties young Black males face in her surrounding communities. The trials of being (and raising) a Black boy and later man, in America, is a frightening concept to many. The many failed policies have left many a child behind to fend for themselves among the decay of Urban America and the results make there way into our Facebook timelines on a daily basis, usually framed by the words “Rest in Peace”.
However, Angela Johnson’s voice on “Black Boy Lullaby” sounds like hope; the hope borne out of despair, the hope that’s carried Black boys and men from the bosom of the ghetto to the boardroom. It’s a hope we need to hear, the hope in the prayers of our grandmothers and the lyrics of a Donny Hathway song, a hope we haven’t heard in too long.
Angela Johnson’s Naturally Me will be released August 19th from Purpose Music Group.
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