In light of America’s uncertain political climate, John Legend is advocating a message of hope. The singer dropped a powerful music video on Friday for “Love Me Now,” an emotional song featuring imagery of immigrant families, refugees, same-sex couples, minorities, his wife, Chrissy Teigen, and their 7-month-old daughter Luna.
“I don’t know what’s in the stars, never heard it from above, the world isn’t ours,” he sings. “But I know what’s in my heart. If you ain’t mine, I’ll be torn apart. I don’t know who’s gonna kiss you when I’m gone, so I’m gonna love you now like it’s all I have. I know it’ll kill me when it’s over. I don’t wanna think about it. I want you to love me now.”
As a candidate, Donald Trump said he would ban Muslim immigrants from entering the country, claimed Mexico was sending “rapists” across the border into America, and routinely discussed his plans to build a wall at America’s southern border. Since his victory this week, thousands of protesters in cities across the country have marched against Trump.
“Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!” Trump wrote of the protests on Thursday night. On Friday morning, however, he tweeted, “Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!”
On Thursday, Legend wrote a message on Instagram addressing the election results and the “Love Me Now” video, promising, “I will continue to be aware and vigilant. I will continue to speak out for justice.”
“We didn’t think about the election when we planned the release date for this song and video,” he wrote. “But in this time of conflict and uncertainty, it’s clear that we all need more love. I find it in my family and in my music. Embracing my family has made today full of love and light despite the bad news. But it’s also important that we show love and empathy to people who may not look like us or live like us. Those who are marginalized and rejected, feared and left behind.”
He added, “Love is universal. We all need it. We all can give it. And it will ultimately win over hate. I have to believe that.”