Alicia Keys rocked the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night with an epic poem about love and equality inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King’s march on Washington and “I Have A Dream” speech, which marked the 53rd anniversary this weekend.
“If war is holy and sex is obscene,
Then we’ve got it twisted in this lucid dream.
Baptized in boundaries,
Schooled in sin,
Divided by difference,
Sexuality and skin.
Keyes then sang, “Mmm, so we can fear each other, hate each other, we can make these walls. We can build these walls between each other, baby, blow by blow and brick by brick. Keep yourself locked in, yourself locked.
She continued, reciting, “Or maybe we could love somebody.
Maybe we could care a little more.
Maybe we could love somebody instead
Of polishing the bombs of holy war.”
She thanked the crowd and reminded them “all women and men are created equal.”
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