The inexcusable death of George Floyd’s has created a maelstrom of backlash from protests and riots to emotional and musical displays of art. One such display that’s garnered the attention of Barack Obama is a song called “I Just Wanna Live” by Keedron Bryant.
In a recent statement meant to “share parts of the conversations,” our former president gave a special nod to the 12-year-old gospel singer for his touching song. “Another friend of mine used the powerful song that went viral from 12-year-old Keedron Bryant to describe the frustrations he was feeling,” Obama penned in the note posted to his Twitter account. “The circumstances of my friend and Keedron may be different, but their anguish is the same. It’s shared by me and millions of others.”
Bryant’s emotional tribute to Floyd was posted to his 261,000 Instagram-followers account and attracted 2.7 million views. According to the 50-second song, the tune is about life as a “young black man” for Bryant. “My people don’t want no trouble, we’ve got enough struggle,” he sings. “I just wanna live. God, protect me.”
Bryant’s song has earned him praise from numerous celebrities and other notable figures, including Janet Jackson, rapper Nas, LeBron James, and actress Eva Longoria, who all shared the video on their individual Instagram pages. See what all the buzz is about below.
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