Truth Bomb

from Feminenergy by TAIRRIE B

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John Lewis was inspired to join the Civil Rights Movement by the lynching of 15-year-old Emmett Till, in 1955. Lewis and Till were roughly the same age. Lewis endured brutal beatings at the hands of police, all while participating in what were unequivocally nonviolent protests. He was arrested 40 times in the 1960s. (He would be arrested 5 more during his time as a congressman.) The actions of Lewis and his brothers and sisters in the movement, of all races (the 20th century’s ultimate patriots) forced the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 into being.

But in 2013 the Supreme Court dismantled the Voting Rights Act by freeing nine states, most of them in the South, to change their election laws without federal approval or oversight. The resulting changes turned the clock back on some of the gains the movement had fought so hard to achieve. Lewis felt the blow, but kept fighting for voters’ rights until the end of his life. And here, the work of Congressman Lewis and Justice Ginsburg converged, an affirmation of their entwined values: Ginsburg, opposed the dismantling of the act with her dissent.

Lewis was serving his 17th term in the House of Representatives when he died of pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg had suffered various health problems through the years, including several bouts with cancer, but she always came back and she seemed unstoppable, even if, in our hearts, we knew the reality. She was our "Notorious RBG". Both left us even as freedoms we thought we’d won for good—women’s reproductive rights and the right of every American to vote. Which now veer precariously close to dissolution.

Like many, I took a deep breath when I first heard about the passing of John Lewis and again with the death of RBG not long after which has added even more turmoil to a country already sick, beaten and battered. There’s the personal tragedy of a life that has passed, magnified by the impact she has had on countless people — as a role model, an inspiration and a sometimes lonely voice of dissent on matters of great importance. A corrupt president has corrupted the institutions, the norms and the checks and balances that have protected our country since its founding. And that corruption continues.

“The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it,” Lewis said. “Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.”

This song is dedicated to the memories of these two leaders who dedicated their lives to equality, justice and public service in the name of good trouble. Necessary trouble. ✊🏿 ⚖️ ✊🏻

Special thanks to DJ GrandMixer GMS who dropped the truth bomb into the mix with his killer old school scratching techniques! 💣

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TRUTH BOMB
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren, is that they take their feet off our necks.

Hell yes! Rest in power RBG
May her memory be a revolution for Democracy
Back in the day she was novelty
Speaking her mind on gender-based equality
Braved and paved the way for women to make choices
About their own bodies and raised their voices
Against the sexist discrimination
Case by case adding women to the equation
With each notorious dissent she carried the torch
Transcended decades on the Supreme Court
Cause women belong where decisions are being made
In positions of power to enact real change
A founding member of the women’s movement
Female empowerment with jurisprudence
A role model to respect and a rebel
Truth bomb for justice, good trouble

RB the motherfuckin’ G - notorious, notorious
Notorious RB to the G - Good trouble, necessary trouble
RB the motherfuckin’ G - notorious, notorious
Notorious RB to the G - necessary trouble

Now you can’t spell truth without Ruth
And you can’t speak of courage without John Lewis
A freedom rider who challenged segregation
Marched in Selma without hesitation
Faced down violence and death on the Edmund Pettus Bridge
Spoke in Washington with the “Big Six”
Used his absence as a form of dissent
When he refused to attend the inauguration of this President
A leader of the civil rights movement
Devoted his life to non-violent revolution
An activist and outspoken advocate
The Conscience of the US Congress
Transformed a nation with determination
Yet his words were met with discrimination
And those scars and stains of racism remain
Embedded in society still causing pain
But his bravery reminds us to fight for change
Black and white, be courageous and get in the way
So I thank him for his service, sacrifice and struggle
A truth bomb for justice – good trouble

RB the motherfuckin’ G - notorious, notorious
Notorious RB to the G - Good trouble, necessary trouble
RB the motherfuckin’ G - notorious, notorious
Notorious RB to the G - necessary trouble

John Lewis: If you find something that you feel very strongly about…stand up, speak up, speak out! Give it your all. Never, ever give up or give in or give out.

RB the motherfuckin’ G - notorious, notorious
Notorious RB to the G - Good trouble, necessary trouble
RB the motherfuckin’ G - notorious, notorious
Notorious RB to the G – RBG!

Good trouble, necessary trouble

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: As women achieve power the barriers will fall as society sees what women can do. As women see what women can do, there will be more women out there doing things and we’ll all be better off for it.

Good trouble, necessary trouble

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from Feminenergy, released October 20, 2020
Vocals & Lyrics by Tairrie B. Murphy
Live Drums, Guitar & Bass by Mick Murphy
Scratching by DJ GrandMixer GMS

Produced by Tairrie B. Murphy & Mick Murphy
Engineered & Mixed by Mick Murphy
Recorded @ The Magick Room Knoxville, TN.
Cover Design by TBM

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TAIRRIE B Los Angeles, California

└A Woman currently living in Knoxville, TN.OG Scream Queen, Emcee, Multi-Hyphenate Artist, Wife, & Feminist. Pro-Choice, Anti-Trump, Radical Liberal. Fluent in politics, profanity & RESISTANCE.🎤💋

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