In wake of the recent black lives matter movement and particularly in remembrance of Sandra Bland’s life, Dev Hynes the British musician under the recording name of Blood Orange has released the song – Sandra’s Smile as an ode to all victims of police brutality in the United States. Sandra Bland was a black lives matter activist, she was a representative for an important movement in trying to protect the lives of black Americans, and promote freedom and justice for black lives in a society of institutionalised racism.
The lyrics to Sandra’s Smile also reference the mother of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton.
On Sandra Bland, Dev says.
“I had a somewhat delayed depression upon Sandra’s death. I was hurt and upset and mad instantly, of course… but I think a part of me had my eyes closed, as a form of numbness…a few days later it hit me and I was inconsolable.”
The music video for Sandra’s Smile is available to watch here below, and download on itunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sandras-smile-single/id1052705065.