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Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Macy Grey is greatest recognized for her distinctive raspy voice and for R&B hits corresponding to her breakout track, 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 affords monetary help and emergency funding, for every little thing from psychological well being companies 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 objectives is to “make sure that legal guidelines are challenged to forestall additional casualties — to place stress on politicians to finish extreme power by police,” its web site reads. However Grey says the main target is admittedly “to take the aspect of the households … to help the households by way of the loopy ache that they undergo after a beloved one is misplaced on account of police brutality.”
Taking their aspect additionally means speaking to relations, which Grey admits is typically extraordinarily troublesome, particularly with the moms of victims. “They inform their tales and there is nothing you may say to make anyone really feel higher,” Grey says in an interview for PJDM’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 individuals say, ‘God determined it was his time’ or ‘God had a greater factor for him to do,'” she says. “They’re like, ‘You realize, 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 is not a pure factor to occur to somebody, to lose their child that manner,” she says. “So it is actually heartbreaking. I hope individuals will be part of us and make their lives as simple as doable.”
In a wide-ranging dialog, we additionally talked about how she’s been spending 2020 in quarantine — she made a document — and about her present obsessions, which embrace ordering takeout from Chick-fil-A and binge-watching Clear on Amazon.
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