Although recorded ahead of the 2016 Presidential elections, The Black Opera‘s fourth album, African America — led by the powerful and enlightening single “Black Woman Is God” arrives as a shining beacon of hope as America exits the picture and AmeriKKKa, led by Trump, rears its ugly head.
“In 2016, many Black Americans are unaware of the country their lineage stems from or any traditions of their ancestors. Many Black Americans question the origin of their last name. Add this to the fact that many Black Americans don’t feel safe walking or driving the streets of America and you get a people that feel disconnected from their roots, and don’t feel at home in their own country. These echoing sentiments within the Black community today are what influenced The Black Opera’s latest work, African America.
At its core, African America is the story of a people that feel lost, a people that don’t feel welcome in their place of birth. This is where Black Americans currently exist; a place where the laws and law enforcement don’t seem to serve or protect them. African America can be viewed as an actual plea to build a new home, or just to relocate mentally.
African America is the promised land of freedom.”