Electric Soul Entertainer, Vina Mills, delivers a soul waking vocal performance in the visual depiction of “RUN”, an emotional story of triumph told through the eyes of slaves.
In order for black lives to matter, black history has to matter a truth that needs to be accepted to understand the uproars of this generation and the cries of our ancestors. The song is inspired by the film The Birth of A Nation and the countless brutalities happening around the globe.
The Champion produced track was given life once the songstress, Vina Mills, belted out a heartfelt soliloquy that took the form of a modern day hymn embodying the essences of the great late Mahalia Jackson and the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.
“Run” was the result of channeled anger used as inspiration to create something impactful, said Vina. In my opinion, the only thing that has changed from slavery to present date is the manipulation of our minds into thinking that we are all equal and free. Continually being fed the idealism of not being good enough and the desire for change all played a role in the writing process. I wrote lyrics like “Put dirt on my name, but my pain is power” to express how propaganda is used to discredit our identity.
The official track is a way to celebrate those we’ve lost in the movement both present and past while honoring our future leaders. Vina offers the song as an encouragement in hopes of never giving up on a dream.
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