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Gabriella Wilson, better known by her stage name H.E.R., is an American singer from California currently signed under RCA Records. In the early years of her career, she kept her identity hidden, which was part of a gimmick that made her a mysterious figure. Born and brought up in California, H.E.R. has been playing music ever since she was a kid.


H.E.R. DEBUTED A song, “I Can’t Breathe,” which she wrote in response to the recent spate of police killings of unarmed black citizens and the swell of protests against police brutality and systemic racism. The musician shared the song during her performance on the iHeartRadio Living Room Concert Series. H.E.R. opened her set with “I Can’t Breathe,” introducing the song by saying, “Just by the title, you know that it means something very, very kind of painful and very revealing… These lyrics were kind of easy to write because it came from a conversation with what’s happening right now, what’s been happening, and the change that we need to see. I think music is powerful when it comes to change and when it comes to healing, and that’s why I wrote this song — to make a mark in history.”

used her voice to lean into activism performing a national call for racial justice. While many fans recognize her Grammy-winning single “I Can’t Breathe” as an anthem dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement, H.E.R. has also most recently spoken up against the rise of Asian hate in the U.S.

judas and the black messiah

H.E.R. - fighting for you

H.E.R. wrote "Fight for You".

The song was written for the 2020 film Judas and the Black Messiah, a biographical film about how William O'Neal betrayed Fred Hampton, the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in the late 1960s.
Film director Shaka King told H.E.R. he wanted to listen to "something contemporary with echoes of 1968".
After he heard elements inspired by Curtis Mayfield, he approved the song.
H.E.R. said that there's not much that separates that time and that story from what's going on right now with the Black Lives Matter movement in the Black communit.
The lyrics discuss racism, police brutality and equality.[6][7]

It gets very deep. Number one is knowledge. Hate is the result of ignorance.

For me, knowledge is power. I’ve learned so much from being part of Judas and the Black Messiah. There was a lot I didn’t know about Fred Hampton, which is sad because he’s a super important part of Black history considering how young he was and how much he gave, not just for the Black Panthers, but for different types of communities.
Like the Puerto Ricans, for example. He was uniting people. Not knowing that history makes us feel even more divided.
We can’t understand today without understanding yesterday. Also, its acknowledgement is important. Don’t say, ‘I don’t see color.’
Acknowledge people for who they are. Appreciate where they come from. Learn more about each other’s cultures, backgrounds, and history.