For Immediate Release
May 7, 2020
Artist, Producer and Former Empire TV Series Songwriter, Sixx John Speaks Out Following Death of Ahmaud Arbery
Las Vegas, NV – Following newly released video footage depicting the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black man who was gunned down while jogging near Brunswick, Georgia, artist, songwriter and producer Sixx John re-released a song he penned in 2018 lamenting fatal shootings of African Americans. The main bar of Sixx’s “Cotton” says “If you don’t want US in the U.S., you should have picked your own damn Cotton. One too many bodies (Dropping), look what we embodied (Mobbing). From the valley streets to Compton, where we don’t get to see no options.” The song is set to a backdrop of images of civil rights activists being attacked in the 1950s and 1960s. In addition to releasing the song on his Instagram account, Sixx issued the following comments:
“I wrote the song Cotton because I got tired of seeing Black people murdered by police and others without justice. Even though I wrote Cotton in 2018, the song is still relevant.
“I have to ask, ‘At what point will things change?’ and ‘Is there even hope for change?’
“Arbery’s killing reflects a broader disdain for Black lives. His death reinforces a concern among Black people, that Black lives aren’t valued. Of course, it’s not just Arbery, it’s not just Georgia. Black people are killed at alarming rates by police and vigilante violence.
“Ahmaud Arbery was participating in a popular American sport when he was killed and the father-son duo who killed him have yet to be apprehended. It doesn’t get more egregious than this. I am not sure how anyone who claims to love freedom and justice could be comfortable with the knowledge of this man’s killing or the broader assault on Black people.”
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