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Book-ended by by audio clips of civil rights leader Robert F. Williams and West African Vodun symbolism, the video for rapper and Real News contributor Eze Jackson’s one-year-old song “Un-Apologetically Black” is as focused and concise as the song itself.

Touching on everything from white privilege, memorizing Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” as a kid, poor conditions in city schools, being pulled over by police and Malcolm X, the song is both a documentation of racial injustice and an anthem of cultural pride.

The video, which includes a clip of pig heads being put over the mugshots of the officers charged with Freddie Gray’s death, features African-American actors up against a brick wall with a search light shining on them as they raise their fists. But by the end, they are dancing and mouthing the words of Jackson’s soulful chorus.

Watch the clip below.

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The song is available to download for free here.

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Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore...