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Raury's Moving New Song Is About Being Young And Black In America

"I hope one day we'll fly above the things that make humanity divide."

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BuzzFeed artist to watch Raury just released "Fly," a reflection on being black in America. Raury and close friend Malik Shakur openly express fear, frustration, and hope for future generations, explicitly referenced through hypothetical sons.

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I'm afraid I'll dieAnd you can look at me and never wonder whyBecause I'm brown and young and my hair, it is nappy.
I hope he knows the world is his for the taking.I hope he never becomes a hashtag.I hope to never see him on the back of a t-shirt.I hope no man in no uniform assumes he's reaching for something in his pocket.

Both Raury and Shakur have tweeted the meaning behind the song and their hopes for its potential in changing the world.

#Fly bears the scars, fears and thoughts of an 18 year old black boy in America.

indigo Child@RauryFollow

#Fly bears the scars, fears and thoughts of an 18 year old black boy in America.

12:18 PM - 14 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

#Fly is a song of healing, cause after all of the troubles we have faced. That is all we need.... Healing

indigo Child@RauryFollow

#Fly is a song of healing, cause after all of the troubles we have faced. That is all we need.... Healing

12:50 PM - 14 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

I hope #Fly spreads like wildfire, I hope it rolls down the hills consuming every weed and plant grown from seeds of negativity.

indigo Child@RauryFollow

I hope #Fly spreads like wildfire, I hope it rolls down the hills consuming every weed and plant grown from seeds of negativity.

12:57 PM - 14 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Thank you brother, the message is for our sons. @Raury

Malik Shakur@lovemalikshakurFollow

Thank you brother, the message is for our sons. @Raury

1:31 PM - 14 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

I wrote that poem as a prayer kind of. I hope to never see another generation of black boys looking over their shoulders on the walk home.

Malik Shakur@lovemalikshakurFollow

I wrote that poem as a prayer kind of. I hope to never see another generation of black boys looking over their shoulders on the walk home.

1:39 PM - 14 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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