Back in September, Kennedy Stephens paied tribute to Breonna Taylor by uploaded the “Black Will See Praise (Wounds)” on Instagram. Now, after earning support from Gayle King, Tiffany Haddish, and Jamie Foxx, the song is available on all digital platforms for our listening pleasure. “Black Will See Praise (Wounds)” speaks to the plight and social injustice faced by the black community while Kennedy’s soulful and passion-filled delivery provides a sense of healing.
Some of the proceeds from “Black Will See Praise (Wounds)” will go to the Social Change Fund, an organization created by Chris Paul, Dwayne Wayde and Carmelo Anthony, to support critical and timely issues impacting the black community.
“It was important for me to create this tribute to Breonna Taylor because she was at home minding her business; she did nothing wrong,” Kennedy told Heart and Soul magazine. “If we don’t fight, it gives the criminal justice system a reason to opt-out and act like nothing happened. Even though a settlement has been awarded to the family, I know they would much rather have Breonna back.”
Hailing from Riverside, CA, Kennedy Stephens her career as a model with Ford Models at the early age of six months. At age ten, she joined the girl group iD4GIRLS who were invited to perform in front of 200,000 people at the 50th Anniversary Martin Luther King ceremony. The Obama White House later invited them back to Washington to perform for the First Family. In 2015, Kennedy made the decision to depart the group and focus on becoming a solo artist. That decision and new direction allowed Kennedy to pursue her personal goals, which led to last year’s release of her debut single “Check” while attending Cal State Fullerton. “Black Will See Praise (Wounds),” her viral tribute to Louisville’s Breonna Taylor, released on the six month anniversary of her killing, was produced by Kuk Harrell.