(Watch) Doug Locke Premieres ‘Why’

Who is Doug Locke?

The son of celebrated Texas Civil Rights activist and leader Gene Locke who was one of the first Black students at University of Houston in 1965 after the school desegregated in 1963, artist Doug Locke uses his music as his platform to spread his advocacy for Black and LGBTQ rights.

His current single with its accompanying video is  an alternative R&B pop song that resonates with an incredibly infectious melody and beat and armed with a powerful message. “Why?” carries a massive punch that doesn’t fade from memory once the song ends. Haunting and chilling, he sings with persecuted conviction. Like some of the most impactful work of art, “Why?” works on multiple levels, not only addressing the violence against Black people but also the plight of LGBTQ community.“The bridge is a reference to the victims of the massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida,” he explains, referencing the massacre on June 12, 2016 when a mass murderer opened fire in a popular gay nightclub and killed 49 and wounded 53 others. “I remember how my heart broke as I watched Anderson Cooper read the names of all of the victims of the shooting,” he recalls. “When I think about the moments throughout my life that changed me at my core, that was one of them. I had no idea there was so much evil in the world. I was absolutely gutted and afraid. When writing this song, I wanted to include a reference to honor the victims as they will never be forgotten. I also wanted to draw that parallel that violence against any group is a crime against humanity.”

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