Police brutality and social injustice have been shocking and alarming lately. We all know and understand that there is nothing new under the sun but with the ability to go viral around the world in a matter of seconds in the age we live in, it can be startling.
Police brutality and social injustice among a lot of us have been a major discussion at our dinner table from the time we could comprehend well. I’ve heard things from my parents like, “when pulled over by the police say yes sir, no sir, yes ma’am and no ma’am. Turn down your music. Take your baseball cap off. Keep your hands visible at all times. Speak clearly and don’t be a smart tail.” It’s a shame that even now with my own children those are still major conversations at our dinner table.
David Prince took the time to sit down with us and answer some questions we had for him about his recently released visuals to “Black and Blue Prayers from Nashville” and so much more. Even though the questions may have been tough to answer for some the young man did a remarkable job at answering them. You can feel his passion for the awareness of Police brutality and Social Injustices as well as his love for God all through the interview. You can also get the solutions to the problems that some of us face in this dreadful society.
We want to thank David Prince for taking the time out of his busy schedule for us! “Thank you and may God continue to keep you and bless your journey.”
Thoughts from David Prince and what compelled him to write Black and Blue Prayers from Nashville.
I wrote it about a year ago around the time where Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were both shot and killed. I remember that day. It was just a day of reflecting and mourning. It just seemed like the world was going crazy! Black men were continuously getting shot and killed by the police and at the time, five police officers in Dallas, TX were shot and killed at a protest too.
I didn’t say much that day. I remember going to work and pretty much being silent the whole time. I guess it was just the accumulation of everything and the fact that there were people out there who were justifying it. Social media was a terrible place to be. It broke my heart to see the indifference that some people had for actual human lives being lost. (Read In Full)
Watch – Black and Blue Prayers from Nashville:
Part 1: Black & Blue Prayers from Nashville:
Being mixed, half Asian and half Black, do you fear being harassed by the police?
Yes and no. I’m aware of the realities of being black and all that comes with it as far as the police. So there is that component. In my opinion, I have been treated unfairly by the police in the past and it definitely wasn’t a great feeling. But I still like to think the best of people. That’s just how I was raised. My dad was in the military so I’ve been around all types of people. All races and cultures. I know there are plenty of great police officers and on top of that, I’ve never got in much trouble.
I like how you said you also had mixed feelings in that bar. We did an interview with HeeSun Lee who’s husband is a police officer. We asked her, “what her outlook was on social injustice.”
I definitely have mixed feelings because it’s such a complex issue with so many different components. I respect authority and I’m grateful for the police. We need them. At the same time, I don’t want to get hurt or killed. Nor do I want anyone else to be hurt or killed by the police.
What do you think the police need to do to bring justice towards matters of injustice?
I think they have to stand up and speak against the injustice. They need to hold each other accountable. I also think that police should only serve communities that they understand and love.
How did it make you feel to hear President Donald Trump’s statement encouraging police officers to be “rough” with people they arrest?
Terrible. But I was glad to see some police officers speak up and say that they didn’t agree with his statements.
Police have a dangerous job and racial profiling is definitely wrong and inexcusable. At the same time is there anything we could do to as a culture to change that perspective in the eyes of the Law?
It’s such a complex issue with so many variables. I’m not gonna act like I know all the answers. It’s not an easy job and I’m grateful for what they do. But like I said, I think the police should only serve communities that they understand and relate to. They shouldn’t be afraid of the people that they are trying to protect and serve. Also, we definitely need to pray for them and I also think it’s important that we continue to build relationships with people who don’t look like us.
What do you think of Black Lives Matter?
Not gonna lie. I don’t know much about it. I know it’s also an organization with their own goals and beliefs. But as far as the statement, I agree.
How do you feel when people say, “All Lives Matter”?
I agree, but I’m not sure why it’s necessary to point that out. I feel like that’s understood already. Black lives matter because of all lives matter. The problem is some black lives are in danger. Think about it like this. All cancer sucks, but we definitely put more of an emphasis on breast cancer in October. I don’t hear anyone saying “all cancer matters” because it’s already understood. We’re just pointing out a problem that needs to be fixed.
Police Brutality and Social Injustice is at an all time high. Besides the whole Nation repenting and accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Which I know will never happen. Are there any solutions you can offer to change this?
We need to pray. We need to stand up and speak against the injustice when we see it. We also need to make sure that the police officers who serve in our communities are not afraid of us, and We need to work together to ensure that justice is served when police brutality occurs. I’m sure there is plenty more that needs to be done. But that’s a few things off the top of my head.
If people don’t agree on things, what do you think the best solution would be to reach an agreement?
I think we need to listen and really try to see it from their perspective and then come to our conclusions.
I love that one-word response on the next question. Simple but so powerful!
Does your ethnicity take priority over being a believer?
Part Two: Music and Influences: ?
How did u get into Chh?
I got into CHH back when I was in high school. I grew up in church singing in the youth choir and I always loved music. I wanted to get into it and My cousin happened to already be rapping. He introduced me to the genre. So I started hanging with him, going to the studio, and making songs. This was probably back in 2006 or 2007. Many people had come before me, but rap still wasn’t very welcome in the church.
Who are u listening to that we should be listening too?
What’s next on your music or personal journey?
I listen to almost everything. Hip hop, pop, r&b, etc. But Gospel music is definitely one of my favorite genres. It always encourages me to keep going! Right now, I have this song by Todd Galberth on repeat. It’s called “Lord You are good.” I also created a playlist on Spotify called “black and blue prayers.” It has a bunch of songs dealing with the topic of police brutality. You guys should definitely check it out and get enlightened.
What do you hope people will get out of your music and your new album or future projects?
I want to give people hope when they hear my music. “Confessions of an Ex-Failure” is gonna be an album that reminds us all that we all fail sometimes but also encourages us to get back up. That’s what all of my music is about.
Who influenced you the most in music and in life?
What a big question! Artistically, I’ve been most influenced by Michael Jackson. He’s all that I ever listened to as a kid. I listen to a lot of ET the hip hop preacher as well. He has been very influential in my life and helped me through some really tough times.
Who would you like to work with in the future?
Everybody! Specifically, I’d love to work with Lecrae, Canton Jones, and Da T.R.U.T.H.. I grew up listening to these guys and I respect them so much. I’d also love to collab with Chris Brown, Akon, and T-Pain. Man, I’m getting excited just thinking about what we could do in the studio!
On your longest day and hardest battle, what scripture do you find strength in?
I find strength in being thankful. I think about everything that He has blessed me with and it gets me fired up every time!
The Bible tells us to be thankful always in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and it definitely works on my worst days when I need perspective.
“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV