This is an excerpt of the upcoming movie documenting the "What Is Beautiful Never Dies Project"
From the sounds of slaves giving directions of freedom and songs along the Underground Railroad, to the anthems of “We Shall Overcome,” we have told our stories of success and losses in our music. Within the inner cities we have lost a long list of voices that once helped harmonize the sounds of our community, yet violence has tried to silence these voices and hate has worked to remove them from the rhythm of life. The goal of "What is Beautiful Never Dies" is to seek out the message given to us by those we have lost as well as produce solutions that can be said to inform and ultimately save the next generation. Not only does music afford a more widespread platform for their message, but it also heals and builds our community.
"What is Beautiful Never Dies" is a music therapy project and national healing movement that links mothers who have lost their child to violence with hip-hop artists and performers who will convert their stories to song. We have paired 12 families with recording artists who have spent the past months working with the mothers and siblings to write and record 12 tracks for the album. The album features 5 time Grammy winner Malik Yusef, local Boston artists such as Letia Larok, Bay Holla, Dre Robinson, the Foundation Movement, BR, Queen Yonasda, Gospel singer Deon Mose and much more. There are many messages and lessons in the lives that have been extinguished throughout our inner cities. Our music is our life-line, no different than the rhythms of a heartbeat that keeps us alive. It is an ongoing harmony in the human thread of all we do.
- (20 days)