Even more, it’s no strange adoration that we love when famous people step in to speak for the masses of the unattended or oppressed. We rally behind them as if we’re cheering for Will Smith on the movie Ali when he was running through Africa prepping for his “Rumble in the Jungle” fight against George Foreman. It’s what we need to maintain moral and motivate activation. Rather we realize it or not, it’s exactly what the Soul Music Revolution has done for us for decades.
Soul music produces such tempting sound that we cannot help, but to get involved. The artistic expression has helped many heal through the times of various political feats: Women’s rights, Civil rights and more. It has told stories that some wouldn’t have otherwise known. It has introduced the less-informed to the struggles and trials to be conquered. It has created soundtracks for the times to share with generations to come. It has empowered people to produce positivity and prosperity.
Often times, the way we identify with generational nonfiction movies is through the music. For example, Hidden Figures, a movie set in the 60’s utilized a time appropriate soundtrack so that viewers could feel present in the movie. This is exactly how many of us feel in today’s cultural climate. Our souls yearn for melodious sounds and vibrant lyrics. Furthermore, our soundtracks which include the likes of Solange’s “A Seat at the table” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” will one day tell our stories to future generations.