Sunday

Rain On Me

I remember when Ashanti's song Rain On Me first came on the radio in 2004.  I didn't like it because it was her--I wasn't too fond of her feathery voice and the fact that she had won a distinctive award in honor of Aretha Franklin.
The song received a lot of air time while I was in Florida minding my business.  A family member pointed out that the song was hot and told me to give it a chance.  He was right.  The beat during the chorus line was off the chain.

It wasn't until I saw the video that I actually listened to the words.  The video featured an old favorite of mine, actor Larenz Tate.  It was a very powerful, on the tougher side to watch because my sexy actor played the role of an abuser.  I remember watching the video many, many times on my computer (I didn't have cable.).  

I never thought about it after that time until a few days ago when I was at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence conference.  Someone was mentioning celebrities that were on "our side," and they mentioned Ashanti.  I didn't know what they were talking about.

Two days ago, while doing my link list, I came across www.endabuse.org and there was a celebrity list.  It told about Ashanti making Rain on Me to bring attention to domestic violence. I found the extended version (never had heard about it) about 15 minutes ago and have included it in this post.  

It was harder to watch now, because I feel it.  I FEEL IT.  

2 advocates for peace:

bstone said...

loved it.i didnt know there was an extended version.this is one of my favorite songs, ever.

Rj said...

I didn't know about the extended version either. It is a powerful song with an awesome beat.