Combining writing and singing, two teens from Cwmbran wrote the song Just Be You to celebrate International Women’s Day and raise awareness of body confidence and mental health. Part of the proceeds will go to the Go Girls project (see @gogirlswales), an initiative set up by Charter Housing and Bron Afon which aims to empower and build the skills of young women and support them to tackle subjects that matter to them.
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Here are some of the boldest, strongest, most haunting or most toe-tapping and hip-shaking songs of various social justice movements:
- Billie Holliday’s Strange Fruit
- Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name
- Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A Changin
- Nina Simone – Mississippi Goddamn
- Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker the Berry
- Beyonce, ft. Chimamanda Ngozi – Flawless
- Grace, ft G-Easy – You Don’t Own Me
- We Shall Overcome
- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Ohio
- Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen
- Public Enemy – Fight the Power
- Christina Aguilera – Beautiful
- John Lennon – Give Peace a Chance
- Marlo Thomas – Free to Be You and Me
- And…? What’s your favorite activist song?