Do Black Lives Really Matter? Jay Z's New Song "Spiritual" Calls Out Police Brutality

I’m saddened and disappointed in THIS America. We should be further along. We are not. I trust God and know everything that happens is for our greatest good, but man ... it’s tough right now.
— Jay Z

On Thursday evening (July 7), in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of law enforcement officers, Jay Z released his first solo-single in 3-years titled "Spiritual"; a powerful song that calls out police brutality against Black Americans.

The song, which was released on Tidal, was accompanied by a long open letter in which Jay Z said he began writing the song "awhile ago," and considered releasing it after the 2014 murder of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri.

The song's release came not long after Jay Z's wife Beyoncé published an open letter on her website Thursday in the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both of whom were shot and killed by police officers.

Beyoncé also held a moment of silence during her concert in Glasgow, Scotland while standing in front of a large screen displaying the names of individuals killed by police.

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