Watch Blood Orange’s video from his new single “Sandra’s Smile”

The “Sandra” of the title is Sandra Bland, the African-American woman who died in police custody in a Texas jail in July. The lyrics reference Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin.

Directed & edited by Devonté Hynes
Shot & edited by Jack Pearce
Produced by Nick Harwood & Imogene Strauss
Special thanks to Waffle Crew, Junglepussy, Ian Isiah & Michelle

Who taught you to breathe, then took away your speech,
Made you feel so loved, then shook your hand with gloves?
You watched her pass away, the words she said weren’t faint.
Closed our eyes for a while, but I still see Sandra’s smile.

Can you see it in my face?
Had enough for today.
It’s hard for me to to stay in place unless I force myself awake.

Look, an hour ago, I read Sybrina’s quote.
I mean, why should she forgive?
D’we lose you if, we don’t?