In light of the past week’s tragic violence in the United States – with two black men (Alton Sterling and Philando Castile) killed by police, and five police officers (Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith and Lorne Ahrens) slain by a sniper in Dallas – Victoria Monet and Ariana Grande have released a song in hopes of seeing “Better Days.” on July 10th
“How we gonna stop the violence, stop the hurting, stop the hatred, stop the murders?” the duo’s song asks. “We’re all human, that’s for certain. Come together, we deserve it.”
“During this challenging time, we have to remember that the only way we will progress is if the overruling force is #Love,” Grande wrote when she announced the song on Instagram Saturday (July 9). “’Music is a universal language that all of us can feel regardless of color lines, gender, sexuality, age, race, religion…. it unifies us. We believe we can not fight hate with hate, only love. Just as we can not fight darkness with more darkness. Only Light.’ Too many precious lives were taken from us this week, this month, this year. Rest in peace #AltonSterling. Rest in peace #PhilandoCastile #BlackLivesMatter. And the police that were peacefully guarding the #BlackLivesMatter rally in Dallas…. Rest in peace. #LorneAhrens, #MichaelKrol, #MichaelJSmith, #BrentThompson & #PatrickZamarripa. Stay strong and know that better days are coming.”
“I’m heartbroken by all of the recent tragedies the came as a result of hatred, racism and injustice,” said Monet on her own Instagram account. “Im also sad at how numb some of us are to it, because it is far too common! This is not a video game or a movie you’re witnessing on your screens! This is our unfortunate REALITY! When I think about how I feel, the word confused comes to mind…So today we just want to try and help in one of the ways we know how!”
The track was produced by Ronny ‘Flip’ Colson and recorded and mixed by Zach Nicholls, according to Monet. Artwork was created by Amber Park.
Listen to the singers unite on “Better Days” below.