India Arie Encourages Us To Continue To ‘Breathe’ In Wake Of Recent Injustices

During these frustrating, tumultuous times, India Arie has returned with more of her spiritually nurturing music to soothe our hearts and souls; this one is called “Breathe.”

The black-and-white video shows India surrounded by people of all colors who back her up with acoustic guitar accompaniment.

“Continue to breathe, continue to breathe / In times like these that’s what your heart is for / Continue to breathe, continue to breathe / In honor of your brother, that’s what your heart is for,” they sing.

“I wrote this song a year ago but we need it right now so here is my gift to you. ‪#‎Breathe‬ ‪#‎NewMusic‬ ‪#‎SoulBIrdsUnite‬‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬,” she captioned with the video on Facebook.

She told ESSENCE she’s working on a new album, but felt compelled to share this song now: “I am working on a new album called WORTHY – but with the  climate of our country, I couldn’t wait for an album release to share this song called “BREATHE.” Just like the rest of the country, I am hurting and wondering how we can heal – and so I’m offering what I have. May this song “BREATHE” remind the black community that I love so dearly – that we are WORTHY, Our healing is in our hands, and never ever forget about your HEART. Love is the most powerful energy in the universe and all we have to do it use it. and In honor of our brothers, let’s continue to BREATHE.”