bibi bourelly drops the video for her powerful equality anthem "riot"

"Love infinitely. At all costs no matter what," Bourelly wrote in a heartfelt poem accompanying the video. "Praying 4 Orlando."

by Hannah Ongley
14 June 2016, 4:32pm

Released less than two days after the devastating shooting at an Orlando gay club that claimed the lives of 50 people, Bibi Bourelly's new video for her single "Riot" is an emotional call to action. "We are all one from the clouds," the 21-year-old hitmaker-turned-solo artist writes in a heartfelt poem that accompanies the video. "We are not our genders. We are not our religions. We are not our races. We are not our opinions." The video features black-and-white footage of historical and recent stands for civil equality, including the Eric Garner protests and Malala Yousafzai addressing a group of women wearing the hijab. "If I go, I'mma start a riot," Bourelly sings on the politically-charged track. "I'm fighting for my life, yeah. I'mma give y'all everything tonight. If I leave, fist up 'til I stop breathing." 

Read Bourelly's poem in full below. 

"Sometimes when I'm on a plane, flying from country to country, city to city, chasing this peculiar dream of mine... I look down at the world beneath me and realize what we really are in the grand scheme of things.

If you pay close attention, when the plane is just taking off you can faintly see people in action, living their own lives.

It's ironic and charming in a weird way because they're not even aware that someone else is admiring them with fascination from a different angle of the world, as they walk this distinctive earth of ours.

Thousands of tiny, moving heads eventually blend in with the landscape as the aircraft rises higher. The large swaying trees that appear to be so mighty from the ground, shrink into what appears to be green fragments of leaves...and by the time we reach the clouds, everything that we thought to be its own individual thing, every detail of anything that we ever considered to exist on its own, melts into the the scenery and we become one. 

We are all one from the clouds
We are not our genders
We are not our religions
We are not our races
We are not our opinions
We are not our doubts , insecurities or fears...

We are not one voice, we are a roaring crowd.

We are the land and sky; We are an ambiguous mixture of every color that exists under the sun.

We are all in this together and we are responsible for each other.

Everything you do or say matters to us, whether you realize it or not.

Love infinitely. At all costs no matter what.

praying 4 Orlando
(and the rest of the entire world.)
Fighting 4 our future.

New society 4 the unity of all.

Yours truly ,


Text Hannah Ongley
Photography We Are The Rhoads 

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