PREMIERE: Timothy Welbeck - "The Souls of Black Folk"

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"How does it feel to be a problem?" W.E.B. Du Bois asked more than a century ago. Today, attorney, university professor, and emcee Timothy Welbeck asks the same question. On the two-year anniversary of the “heartbreaking” death of Michael Brown, Timothy Welbeck releases the visual for his song The Souls of Black Folk.

The Tone Jonez produced song, which is a captivating fusion of hip-hop, gospel, jazz, and spoken word, chronicles the collective plight of African Americans facing centuries of systematic injustice in the US. It draws much of its inspiration from W.E.B. Du Bois’ signature work, and James Weldon Johnson’s Lift Ev’ry Voice. It all amounts to a powerful statement, with a powerful visual compliment.

In the hypefresh sponsored video, Timothy Welbeck plays the pastor of a small church "whose building is bombed by people incensed by the pastor's community activism." In a moving display of courage, he demonstrates the resolve to rebuild in the face of stark adversity. In many ways, it shows the resilience of African Americans to overcome adversity on the road to progress and racial uplift. In light of racial tensions in the nation, and persistent attacks on traditional black churches, the video is quite timely.