“We deserve better,” are one of the first signs that make an appearance in Ruth B.’s video for “If I Have A Son.” Images of the Black Lives Matter protests in New York, captured by Flo Ngala, tell the community’s story and instills the power of the movement.
As for the piano-led ballad, the open call to a realistic thought process for many Black families aches with each listen. The song’s poetic imagery revolves around the fictitious thoughts of the artist having a child. Ruth B. provides words of wisdom, and worry, for the safety of a son’s return, as well as the additional layer of strength to a daughter navigating the same world.
The artist’s words are raw yet gentle with lingering what if’s? carried by her heavenly vocals: “Your skin, it glitters like gold / There’s love inside of your soul / But no matter what you say no matter what you do / This world will never be as friendly to you.”
“‘If I Have a Son’ is an honest reflection of how I have been feeling,” Ruth B said in a statement. “The murder of George Floyd has served as a wake-up call for a lot of people, but for Black people everywhere, this has always been a reality. I hope that one day we live in a world where I don’t have to be afraid to have kids solely because of the color of their skin. It has been awe-inspiring to see the unity and change that is already happening because of George Floyd. I pray for justice for all.”
100% of the proceeds from “If I Have A Son” will go to various organizations/charities: