Another day, another needless act of gun violence. But these two superstars will not be silent. Big Sean and Jeremih are tackling police brutality and other senseless acts of violence in their music video for “Light,” a single off of Big Sean’s most recent album, I Decided, and the visuals are incredibly moving.
For Americans, police brutality and gun violence have become any everyday reality. Directed by Lawrence Lamont, the powerful and politically charged video for “Light,” released this week, highlights the human toll senseless violence — particularly gun violence aimed at communities of color in the United States — takes on the lives of those who get caught in the crossfire.
Juxtaposing images of children playing with toy guns with depictions of violence, including drive-by shootings, the shooting of young black men by police, and a deadly sidewalk robbery, Lamont captures the wariness of a country drowning in guns as well as the cautious optimism of the individuals most affected by such violence.
And the video couldn’t be more timely. Arriving on the heels of the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards by police last week, “Light” is a stirring reminder of the violence facing young people of color at the hands of the very people who have sworn to protect them.
In the wake of Edwards’ death, Big Sean released this statement:
“We shot this video a couple months ago and sucks to see these scenes are still consistently playing out in real life…even down to this week. It’s disheartening sometimes to see that not much has changed when it comes to hate, police brutality n just overall people losing their lives too early. But when I wrote this song, it was to reassure myself that no matter what happens, they can’t take away our Soul, our confidence, our ideas, n all that makes us shine.”
Thank you, Big Sean.