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Listen to four classic protest songs reimagined for 2020

An array of hands, mostly black and POC, and some white, some holding the black power first

Story at a glance

  • Color Of Change, Disney Music Group and ESPN’s The Undefeated have partnered to produce a new EP.
  • The four tracks reimagine historically significant songs by and for Black America with modern artists.
  • The songs are available for streaming on most platforms.

Every moment has a sound, and every movement has a song. In this moment of the Black Lives Matter movement, Color Of Change, Disney Music Group and ESPN’s The Undefeated have partnered to put out a new EP that reimagines music from those who marched before them.

“No social movement has ever progressed without powerful music to energize it. This kind of culture work is critical at this moment,” said Rashad Robinson, President of Color Of Change. “With only weeks left until election day, it’s important that we continue to inspire people and move them to work together and take strategic action. This is about harnessing our collective voices and our power to build a more human, less hostile world for Black people and everyone in our society.” 


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Available on most streaming platforms, the four tracks on the EP reimagine historically significant songs by and for Black America, with cover art by several high profile and rising Black artists. The songs are” 

  • “Pray Momma Don’t Cry (original song)” by Rapsody feat. Bilal; produced by 9th Wonder; cover art by NUWARHOL
  • “People Get Ready (cover)” by Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, Alex Isley; produced by Terrace Martin & Robert Glasper; cover art by Al-Baseer
  • “Strange Fruit (cover)” by Jensen McRae; produced by Rahki; cover art by Blue the Great
  • “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (cover)” by Keedron Bryant; produced by Dem Jointz; cover art by Laurence “Sketch” Cheatham

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“For The Undefeated, it was so important for us to bring the appropriate platform and medium to this Moment—to this Movement. And what is, really, is more powerful of a message than Black Music?” said Raina Kelley Managing Editor of ESPN The Undefeated. “What better way to speak to our Audience? So many of whom are about to vote in a monumentally consequential election following a summer of unprecedented protest, while simultaneously facing a pandemic and economic downturn that has disproportionately impacted people of color.  This EP is not only our first collaboration with Disney Music Group but the biggest way we could think of to find the air and just sing.”  

The songs will also be used in “concept videos lifting up racial justice issues important to Black voters” released later this month, according to the partners, and a new episode of Color of Change’s #TellBlack Stories podcast will feature conversations with the artists, producers and leader from the Undefeated and Disney. 


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