In 2016, three high school students from Detroit, Deon Butler, Drake Glover, and Kamar Graves, received the EMMY® for best high school music video from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Michigan.
Their video, Peace, explores violence and police brutality while calling for peace. In their original lyrics, Butler and Graves wrote about blue-on-black, black-on-black, and black-on-blue conflicts. When interviewed for this article, the students said that the many incidents of police brutality in the news had led them to write the song in 2015. In addition to receiving an EMMY® for Peace, when the music video began to circulate in Detroit, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Detroit Police Department invited the students to give workshops to middle school students.
Local radio stations interviewed the young men, and Peace was posted on the website of the Detroit Public Schools. Their social studies teacher at the Douglass Academy for Young Men, Quan Neloms, said, “All of it comes from (their) making something that is purposeful, important, and pertinent to what’s going on.”..
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Lyricist Soceity represent Clean Money Music™ Detroit