John Legend shared his vision for love on Friday, with countless protests, riots and anger following the Presidential Election, it is not surprising that this message went viral overnight. The video is a much-needed reminder that love prevails even when people are suffering.
The singer’s new “Love Me Now” video takes place in the communities that have been struck with tragedy and suffering: Domiz Refugee Camp in Northern Iraq, Orlando, Florida's Pulse Nightclub shooting, Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, and Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota.
The video also showcases Legend's beautiful family in intimate scenes of himself with his wife, Chrissy Teigan, and his daughter Luna.
Legend wrote in an Instagram post that “we didn’t think about the election when we planned the release date for this song and video," but the timing may have been just what many people needed.
It's been quite a time for the United States and the rest of the world as we all watched the election results come in early Wednesday morning. Some of us wept for our country. Some of us celebrated. Some of us are already taking to the streets in protest. You all know how I wanted and expected the election to go. I wanted us to choose unity and inclusion over building walls and singling out ethnic and religious groups for hate and suspicion. I wanted us to choose progress over yearning for some long-lost mythical era when America was supposedly greatest. I wanted us to destroy the highest glass ceiling instead of electing an admitted sexual assaulter. But we did not. These are the election results and all of us will have to learn to deal with it. I will not give up though. I will continue to be aware and vigilant. I will continue to speak out for justice. We didn't think about the election when we planned the release date for this song and video. But in this time of conflict and uncertainty, it's clear that we all need more love. I find it in my family and in my music. Embracing my family has made today full of love and light despite the bad news. But it's also important that we show love and empathy to people who may not look like us or live like us. Those who are marginalized and rejected, feared and left behind. The video premieres Friday and features a diverse group of people from all over the world. From Standing Rock to Iraq, from Orlando to the DR. Love is universal. We all need it. We all can give it. And it will ultimately win over hate. I have to believe that. If you want to join in our celebration of love, use the hashtag #lovemenow and send us a picture of you and someone you care about.
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