Mary J. Blige Serenades Hillary Clinton with Song About Police Brutality (Video)

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Mary J. Blige serenaded Hillary Clinton with a song about police brutality in a promotional video for the singer’s new Apple Music show The 411 on Tuesday that was widely ridiculed on social media.

In the one-minute teaser video intended to promote an interview with Clinton, the nine-time Grammy-winning soul singer belted out a few lines of Bruce Springsteen’s politically-charged 2001 song “American Skin (41 Shots),” which was originally written about the police shooting death of Amadou Diallo.

The lyrics appear to offer tips or advice for African Americans about how they should behave when approached by law enforcement:

“If an officer stops you, always be polite. And never, ever run away.
Promise mama you’ll keep your hands in sight.
Is it a gun? Is it a knife? Is it a wallet?
This is your life.
It ain’t no secret. It ain’t no secret.
No secret my friend; you can get killed just for living in your American skin.”

Blige then takes Clinton’s right hand into her own. She asks Clinton, “I just want to know, where do we go from here?”

The clip drew a wide range of responses on social media, with most appearing to baffled by it.

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