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The Killers Teamed Up With Spike Lee To Create A Music Video Highlighting The Migrant Crisis

Spike Lee is using his talent to tell another necessary story.

Famed director Spike Lee, who has just been nominated for an Oscar for his film “BlacKkKlansman,” is taking on another controversial topic for his latest project. The topic is immigration and the thousands of Central Americans seeking asylum in the U.S.

In a recent interview, during the government shutdown, Lee spoke to the women on “The View” about the music video “Land Of The Free” that he directed for The Killers. He said singer Brandon Flowers reached out to him after watching “BlacKkKlansman.”

“He called me out of nowhere and told me he has a song and it’s a protest song,” Lee said on “The View.” “I said, ‘Send it to me,’ and I said, ‘Let’s do it.'” Lee said the song is about “people who were seeking peace.”

“It’s so relevant because over 800,000 Americans are not being paid — because of what’s happening on this thing,” he said, speaking in regards to President Donald Trump seeking billions for the border wall.

“[Trump was] saying, ‘All Mexican’s are rapists, murderers, drug dealers.’ And then he said with the caravan that was coming, ‘Well there’s some people from the Middle East,’ so he was trying to say there were terrorists,” Lee said. “They’re people who walk hundreds of miles in flip-flops, so unless they made some nuclear bomb flip-flops..” and added: “This is bananas, this is a crazy time.”

Here’s a portion of the lyrics:

“When I go out in my car, I don’t think twice/But if you’re the wrong color skin (I’m standing, crying)/You grow up looking over both your shoulders/In the land of the free/And we got more people locked up than the rest of the world/Right here in red, white and blue (I’m standing, crying)/Incarceration’s become big business/It’s harvest time out on the avenue.”

Flowers said via Twitter that the song began taking shape in 2012 during the school shootings in Sandy Hook. He added that everything that our country has endured since Trump’s election made him complete the song.

“We dishonor our values, our ancestors, and our heritage, and we tear gas our brothers and sisters seeking asylum. I see my family in the faces of these vulnerable people.” He finished by saying: “I love my country. I know these are complicated times, but whether you stand to the left, or the right, or straddle the line, you gotta believe that we can do better.”


READ: Here’s What We Know So Far About The New Refugee Caravan That Just Left Honduras

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Rauw Alejandro is Body-Rolling in Bad Gyal’s “Zorra” Remix Music Video

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Rauw Alejandro is Body-Rolling in Bad Gyal’s “Zorra” Remix Music Video

In 2021, Rauw Alejandro is staying busy. After collaborating with Selena Gomez, the Puerto Rican singer teamed up with Spanish artist Bad Gyal for the “Zorra” remix. Rauw puts down his dance moves that he’s known for in the music video.

Recently Rauw was booked by Selena Gomez and possibly Xtina.

Alejandro helped Gomez crossover into the Latin music scene this year when he was featured on her single “Baila Conmigo.” Last month, he was also photographed with Christina Aguilera as she appears to get ready to release her next Latin music album. The 28-year-old artist closed out last week with his feature on Bad Gyal’s “Zorra” remix.

His contribution to Bad Gyal’s “Zorra” remix is *chef’s kiss*.

Bad Gyal and Alejandro first released the “Zorra” remix in January. The audio has over 7 million views on YouTube. “Zorra” is one of Bad Gyal’s signature songs that she dropped back in December 2019. The song was produced by hip-hop hitmaker Scott Storch and Rosalía’s main producer, El Guincho. In the hypnotic track, Bad Gyal reclaims the word “Zorra,” which is often hurled at women in a derogatory manner. Alejandro, the self-proclaimed “Zorro,” turns up the heat in the remix.

The music video directed by the creative studio Belledenuit is a hot-and-heavy affair too. The modern-day song-and-dance man gets to flex his impressive body-rolling moves while shirtless. Bad Gyal remains Spain’s leading baddie as she twerks on top of an ATV.

For Valentine’s Day, Alejandro dropped his surprise single “2/Catorce.” His debut album, Afrodiasíaco, was released in November. He was nominated for Best New Artist at last year’s Latin Grammy Awards.

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This Migrant Mother Spent Three Years In Church Sanctuary But Now She’s Free

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This Migrant Mother Spent Three Years In Church Sanctuary But Now She’s Free

Lawyers are working hard to get a deportation order removed against a woman who just left a church sanctuary after three years in the refuge. Although she was previously denied asylum in the U.S., advocates are hoping that under new direction from the Biden administration, her case will be reviewed and she’ll be able to stay with her family in Ohio – where she’s lived for more than twenty years.

A mother of three is back with her family after living three years inside a church.

A mother of three who sought refugee inside an Ohio church from immigration authorities has finally been able to leave three years later. Edith Espinal, who herself is an immigrant rights advocate, had been living at the Columbus Mennonite Church since October 2017 to avoid being deported to Mexico. She’s now out of the church and back with her family following a meeting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, who have agreed that she’s not an immediate priority for deportation.

“Finally, I can go home,” Espinal told reporters after meeting with the officials. With tears of relief, she celebrated the small victory in the presence of dozens of supporters who accompanied her to the ICE building.

“But it is not the end of her case. We’re still going to have to fight,” her attorney Lizbeth Mateo said.

ICE has agreed to hold off on her deportation proceedings pending her asylum request.

Espinal was released under an order of supervision, meaning that while she’s not considered an immediate priority for deportation, she must periodically check in with ICE officials to inform them about her whereabouts.

She has lived in Columbus for more than two decades and had previously applied for asylum, citing rising violence in her home state of Michoacán. But she eventually was ordered to leave the country, which is when she sought refuge inside the Columbus, Ohio church.

“We’re going to continue pressing the Biden administration to do the right thing, and try to get rid of that order of deportation against Edith, so she can walk freely like everyone else does without fear,” Mateo said during the press conference.

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