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Miguel Writes New Song in Support of Black Lives Matter: "How Many Heartbeats Turn into Flat Lines"

Miguel says he will update the track every week until it is finished.

by Sarah MacDonald
Jul 8 2016, 3:15pm

Image by Joanne Lee

This week has been hard and defeating. In a handful of days, the senseless killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have dominated headlines. In response, heavy-hitter musicians and celebrities have voiced their concern and frustration, including Drake and Beyonce. Last night Jay Z released a surprise song railing against police brutality. Now R&B artist Miguel has come out with the new song "How Many" in support of Black Lives Matter. The crooner released a demo on SoundCloud, which he wrote in a matter of hours in his London hotel room. The song begins with "I cannot rest" and "I cannot stay silent" before going into electric lyrics of "tired of human lives turned into hashtags and prayer hands" gesturing toward how we handle these deaths on social media. Miguel goes on to call on his brothers and sisters for support. Listen to the song below:

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