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Mariah Carey Partners with PushBlack To Enact Social Change

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PushBlack, the digital hub for daily inspiring Black stories, has partnered with award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Mariah Carey in a first of its kind partnership between a non-profit and recording artist. Carey has lent her anthem Save The Day to PushBlack to serve as a call to action and to encourage Americans to enact social change. 

As the country continues to navigate a historic watershed moment with an unremitting pandemic, political and social uprisings in response to police brutality against Black communities, confusion and fear surrounding the economy, historic unemployment, and a consequential election that ends in less than 10 days, Save the Day’s poignant message sends a clear message to everyone through the song’s lyrics: “We’re all in this together, and that it’s up to us.”

“We are truly grateful to Mariah Carey for partnering with PushBlack on the Save the Day video,” said Julian Walker, Interim Co-CEO of PushBlack. “This is such a transformative time in America’s history, and we have the opportunity to add fuel to our community’s cultural movement through this powerful song and music video. Now more than ever, we must come together to tackle oppressive systems and emphasize the importance of Black Americans exercising their rights to both vote and protest.” 
A new fully-realized studio version of a previously self-penned song that was never recorded, Save the Day was released on Carey’s special two-disc album The Rarities.Written by Mariah Carey, the song samples the iconic Fugees hit ‘Killing Me Softly with His Song’ and features Lauryn Hill’s transcendent vocals from the original song. “Save The Day” sends a message that inspires hope, resilience, and, most importantly, people coming together for the collective good.  

“Our country is at a critical moment in history and I felt compelled to do what I could using my platform of music to encourage us all to take action,” said Carey. “My hope is that the Save The Day video will serve as an inspiring message and spark meaningful dialogue and action across the country, for each of us to do our part to “save the day”. The lyrics of this song are all about doing your part to make a difference and highlighting the impact that each of us can make. Whether you’re an essential worker, a protestor, a student, a young parent making it work, or a first-time voter, we each have a duty to support our communities.”

The video was made by an Emmy nominated team consisting of artist Molly Crabapple with directors Kim Boekbinder & Jim Batt (Sharp As Knives) known for their videos on climate and racial justice (Message from the Future with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, The War on Drugs is an Epic Fail with JAY-Z) as well as a series of videos with the Equal Justice Initiative.  The 4-minute “Save the Day” lyric video features stunning illustrated portraits by Ms. Crabapple of Congressman John Lewis, Breonna Taylor, as well as trans activist and writer Raquel Willis, front-line and essential workers and other historic Black leaders including Sojourner Truth and Fredrick Douglass. Carey is joined by Kerry Washington, PushBlack’s Julian Walker, and the agency Maestra’s De’Ara Balenger and Zara Rahim as executive producers. The video was brought to life through the support of Karla Jurveston.  
“Breonna’s life was tragically and wrongfully taken from her, but her death cannot be in vain,” said Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor. ” There is so much at stake and we all must do our part. Having my beautiful daughter featured in the video is a testament to our people coming together in the face of tremendous adversity.”

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