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These questions must be asked:

Why are there millions of poor people in America?
Who owns the banks?
Who owns the prisons, and who are its occupants?
Why do some have billions, while most struggle to survive?

We can’t sit idly by while some profit off of the pain of others
While gates both visible and invisible separate the wealthy from the hungry
When the consequences of these barriers result in everything
from flooded homes to broken dreams.
When death is a cost we have grown accustomed to bearing,
we cannot compromise in our pursuit of justice.

We cannot retreat in the face of inequity,
We cannot ignore the patterns of brutality,
We will NOT be silenced!
. . . .

The depression is coming in heavy.
I can feel it from all corners, shape-shifting around me
Betrayal lays like a heavy fog in the air I breathe
I know I’m a target... but I must keep moving.
. . . .

On this blistering August day,
we stand face to face with our beloved country,
as we have done so many times before, and demand:

Your very fabric must be changed!
YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!

And as our final hour draws ever, ever closer,
it seems to me, in my sanctified imagination,
that we cry...
that we cry...

NOW! NOW! NOW! NOW! NOW! NOW! NOW! NOW!!!!!!!!

credits

from The Transformations Suite, released October 12, 2016
Samora Pinderhughes - piano
Jehbreal Jackson - vocals
Jeremie Harris - spoken word
Elena Pinderhughes - flute, vocals
Riley Mulherkar - trumpet, flugelhorn
Lucas Pino - tenor saxophone, clarinet
Tony Lustig - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Clovis Nicolas - bass
Jimmy Macbride - drums

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Samora Pinderhughes New York, New York

Samora Pinderhughes is a composer/pianist, known for large multidisciplinary projects. A Juilliard graduate, Samora has performed in venues including the White House & Carnegie Hall, and has toured with artists including Branford Marsalis, Christian Scott, and Emily King. Samora is musical director for the Public Theater’s #BARS workshop, and is a Sundance Composers Lab fellow for film scoring. ... more

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