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50 Songs That Inspire Turning Political Passion Into Political Progress

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Jan. 27 2017, Published 2:30 a.m. ET

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On June 16, 2015, a well-known business tycoon became the protagonist of a story that would begin with satire as the main theme and end with a plot twist leaving voters in immense awe.

The recent transition of the political climate that took place on January 20th was not what the popular voters of America had in mind.

Prior to November 8, 2016, this day was reserved for triumph and monumental history, specifically for the advancement of society and progressive ideals. The idea that there would be no more socially constructed glass ceilings and steel doors that lock out hope and change.

As someone who has worked on the local, state, and federal level of politics, from campaigns to the state legislature to lobbying, it has been interesting listening to various opinions while witnessing the emotions of others through social media outlets. Many are enraged. Many are in awe. Many are encouraged to take action.

Voter education and lack of political awareness contributed to the regression of actual policy implementation that works to support those that cast the popular vote that fateful Tuesday evening in November and even those that did not.

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When there is lack of adequate social studies courses in schools, lack of political engagement until the age of 18, lack of civic engagement in one’s own community, lack of encouragement for people of color to build careers in politics, lack of emphasis on the breakdown of ballot proposals per election, and lack of candidate knowledge voting down the ballot in presidential and non-presidential elections – there is lack of progress as a result.

So the question then becomes: how do we change our state of affairs?

The change begins with energy. Having the energy to go back to learning the fundamentals of what makes a credible media source and what is simply a blog full of alternative facts. Having the energy to attend a neighborhood association and council meetings. Having the energy to vote every election and not simply Presidential.

To inspire that energy, I have created a playlist that I use daily below entitled: Lauren’s Conscious Awakening Playlist. Fueled with songs from different moments in popular culture, this is sure to re-invigorate that revolting energy that will help you be the next leader of hope and change in our nation:

 1. The Light-Common

2. Keep Your Head Up-Tupac

3. I Can-Nas

4. If I Ruled the World-Nas ft Lauryn Hill

5. One Mic-Nas

6. The World Is Yours-Nas

7. Gotta Be-Des’ree

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8. I’m Every Woman-Whitney Houston

9. Say It Loud I’m Black and I’m Proud-James Brown

10. Hip Hop-Dead Prez

11. Sky is the Limit-Notorious BIG

12. I Believe-Sounds of Blackness

13. Optimistic-Sounds of Blackness

14. Black Butterfly-Denise

15. Tomorrow-Quincy Jones ft Tevin Campbell

16. My President is Black-Young Jeezy

17. Git Up, Git Out-Outkast

18. Free Your Mind-En Vogue

19. Every Ghetto, Every City-Lauryn Hill

20. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill-Lauryn Hill

21. White America-Eminem

22. Alright-Kendrick Lamar

23. Fight the Power-Public Enemy

24. The Blacker the Berry-Kendrick Lamar

25. Self Destruction-Stop the violence movement

26. UMI Says-Mos Def

27. Young, Gifted, & Black-Aretha Franklin in honor of Nina Simone

28. People Get Ready-The Impressions

29. What’s Going On-Marvin Gaye

30. Express Yourself-NWA

31. U.N.I.T.Y.-Queen Latifah

32. The Message-Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

33. Hate Me Now-Nas, Diddy

34. Flawless-Beyoncé

35. Survivor-Destiny’s Child

36. Brown Skin-India Arie

37. The People-Common

38. Negro wit an Ego-Salt-N-Pepa

39. Back to Life-Soul II Soul

40. Freedom-Beyoncé

41. Rise-Solange

42. Cranes in the Sky-Solange

43. Don’t Touch my Hair-Solange

44. F.U.B.U.-Solange

45. Tears of Joy-Rick Ross

46. Stand Tall-Childish Bambino

47. Mad-Solange

48. Gil Scott Heron-The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

49. Time Has Come Today-Chambers Brothers

50. Imagine-John Lennon

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