June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! He can be found virtually anywhere if we earnestly look for Him and listen intently! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!
“Are we a lost generation of our people?
Add us to equations but they’ll never make us equal
She who writes the movie owns the script and the sequel
So why ain’t the stealing of my rights made illegal?
They keep us underground working hard for the greedy
But when it’s time to pay they turn around and call us needy….
March to the streets’ cuz I’m willing and I’m able
Categorize me, I defy every label
And while you’re selling dope, we’re gonna keep selling hope
We rising up now, you gotta deal you gotta cope
Will you be electric sheep? Electric ladies, will you sleep?
Or will you preach” -Janelle Monae
If you’ve been watching the news or perusing social media, you may wonder if it’s the year 2015 or 1915. It seems as though black people are having their rights eroded not only here but also abroad. From police shootings of unarmed men like Michael Brown, Freddie Gray , and Walter Scott , to a massacre of nine black people in Charleston, SC (while they were worshiping in church), church burnings happening across the south, to innocent Dominicans of Haitian decent being brutally murdered and deported all because of the color of their skin. This combined with all of the other atrocities around the world are enough to make someone go mad.
Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:9 NIV
Like many of us, you probably have participated in some social media “discussion” about it or you’ve just watched it all unfold with an overwhelming feeling of sadness. While talking about it is good and therapeutic, God has called us to be doers. As followers of Christ, we know that His ministry here on earth was about helping people, about being involved. He wasn’t an innocent bystander as life passed by. He could’ve lived his entire life without being involved without doing a thing but instead He lived by example and so should you. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17 NIV Read Isaiah 58:5-12,
But Chanceé, I am not a marcher. Who said you had to march? But Chanceé I don’t like to talk about this. Who said you had to talk? Just do something! Your support is needed in so many ways, writing letters, spreading awareness, providing financial support, refusing to support institutions, volunteering for people and organizations that are carrying the banner for justice. There is so much that you can do besides sitting idly by.
Just like when I listen to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” every time, I listen to Janelle Monae’s Q.U.E.E.N, I am reminded that there are still many people who are not accepted in society, including people of color. God has called us to love, which is such a powerful tool. Love in itself brings about correction. Our love for others and ourselves should move us to action. We must engage on each others behalf.
I come to You seeking justice and a way forward. Remove the anger from my heart and help me to see clearly. What would You have me do? How can I be used as a vessel to bring about justice and to influence peace? Lord, give me the courage to fight on behalf of the oppressed, the weak and the poor. You know me and you know my capabilities. Lord, let me be fearless. God I ask that you convict the hearts and minds of those who claim to love You but hater others. Let them see the error of their ways. Allow me to walk in your light and in your love as I strive to bring about change in a way that honors You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to get involved. Think today about what you can do and how you will do it. It’s not about you or being glorified by men. Your action doesn’t have to be broadcast for it to count. Just get off the sidelines and Do Something!
Take a moment to listen to Janelle Monae’s Q.U.E.E.N. If you can’t see the video, click here.
Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is a small business owner as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.