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Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Macy Grey is finest identified for her distinctive raspy voice and for R&B hits similar to her breakout tune, I Try. She’s additionally taken on roles in TV exhibits and films and even voiced a video game character, SSX Tricky.
However in 2020, Grey determined to work on one thing totally different. She arrange a nonprofit called MyGood to assist households who’ve misplaced family members to police killings. MyGood provides monetary assist and emergency funding, for the whole lot from psychological well being providers and authorized bills to funeral prices and headstones to grief counseling.
Grey makes it clear, although, that MyGood is not an anti-police group. One of many charity’s targets is to “be certain that legal guidelines are challenged to forestall additional casualties — to place strain on politicians to finish extreme drive by police,” its web site reads. However Grey says the main target is basically “to take the aspect of the households … to assist the households by the loopy ache that they undergo after a cherished one is misplaced as a consequence of police brutality.”
Taking their aspect additionally means speaking to members of the family, which Grey admits is usually extraordinarily tough, particularly with the moms of victims. “They inform their tales and there is nothing you possibly can say to make anyone really feel higher,” Grey says in an interview for CNET’s I’m So Obsessed podcast series.
Mothers have instructed her what to not say, which she thinks everybody wants to pay attention to. “A few mothers instructed me they do not like when folks say, ‘God determined it was his time’ or ‘God had a greater factor for him to do,'” she says. “They’re like, ‘You recognize, God did not take my son away, the police did.'”
I spoke with Grey about her plans for increasing MyGood and about her fundraising efforts, which embrace Macy Gray’s First Annual Halloween Bingo Bash, a digital occasion with a dwell efficiency by the artist on Oct. 24. Tickets begin at $10, with all proceeds going to MyGood. “It isn’t a pure factor to occur to somebody, to lose their child that means,” she says. “So it is actually heartbreaking. I hope folks will be part of us and make their lives as simple as potential.”
In a wide-ranging dialog, we additionally talked about how she’s been spending 2020 in quarantine — she made a file — and about her present obsessions, which embrace ordering takeout from Chick-fil-A and binge-watching Clear on Amazon.
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