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Melanie Fiona Addresses Police Brutality In New Video

“I hope this visual sparks emotion, thought, dialogue, reflection, and ultimately, positive change.”

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Melanie Fiona is using the release of the video to her latest single, “I Tried,” to help forward the discussion about domestic violence and police brutality. 

"It is important for me to channel the ideas and concepts I am passionate about into my music and my art. As an artist with a social platform, I feel it is my responsibility to do so,” she said in a statement to Complex. “The video for ‘I Tried’ is a tribute to the fight in which we all witness and experience both internally and externally in the world daily.”

Fiona is shown performing in a glass box with various news headlines --including those about the Charleston church shooting and questions surrounding Sandra Bland’s death -- interspersed throughout the video.

“The conversation of important issues should not end when we turn the TV off,” Fiona added in the statement. “I hope this visual sparks emotion, thought, dialogue, reflection, and ultimately, positive change.” 

Fiona also posted the following message -- "I Tried" -- to her 660,000 Twitter followers:

"I Tried" is the second single off of Fiona's upcoming album, “Awake,” which is set for an early 2016 release. Check out the video above.

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