Mary J. Blige Sings Amadou Diallo Tribute During Apple Interview With Hillary Clinton
Mary J. Blige and Hillary Clinton are two people you wouldn't put in the same room, but Apple Music did. Mary is seen singing to the Democratic presidential nominee in a teaser for their upcoming interview in an effort to be creatively political.
Shared by Apple Music during the presidential debate Monday evening (Sept. 26), the interview will be part of a segment titled "The 411," separate from her Beats 1 Radio show "Real Talk." The minute-long teaser shows the legendary R&B singer covering "American Skin (41 Shots)," a song written by Bruce Springsteen in 2001, for the death of Amadou Diallo.
The 23-year-old Guniea native was killed by NYPD officers Edward McMellon, Sean Carroll, Kenneth Boss and Richard Murphy in 1999 when they fired 41 times at an unarmed Diallo in the Soundview section of the Bronx. A total of 19 bullets hit Diallo and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The officers were taken to trial on second-degree murder charges but were later acquitted, The New York Times reported in 2000.
Springsteen continued to perform the song following the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012.
During the teaser, Mary questions Clinton on the current state of racial injustice in America by asking, "Where do we go from here?" The creative efforts of Apple Music went over the heads of many, who found the idea of Mary "performing" for the politician quite awkward.
It also turns out Blige is quite the Clinton supporter. In March, the singer performed her single, "Strength of a Woman" at a Clinton fundraiser.
The interview will air Sept. 30 on Apple Music. Check out the teaser below.