x black superheroes keep the memory of romona moore alive with “song4u” – #soundcheck

September 5, 2012

The story of Romona Moore should have been a rallying cry. A devastating example of the inequality of justice in poor and predominantly black neighborhoods in Bloomberg’s Brooklyn. Kidnapped, tortured, raped, and brutally murdered over 4 days just blocks from Romona’s home, the NYPD ignored her mother’s pleas for an investigation. Telling her mother she was probably just out with a boyfriend, the NYPD did nothing until after her body was discovered. For full details, the Village Voice published a damning piece 4 years ago. If you’re not familiar with the story, please make sure you check it out.

“They got songs for wanting, songs for sexting, songs for lusting, song for money… But ain’t got songs for you.”

Brooklyn based duo X Black Superheroes have a new song in memory of Romona Moore. It’s a chilling song about the way her story has all but disappeared from public consciousness. Listing an array of song topics singer Sefu Kafele ends each line with a refrain of “ain’t got songs for you.” Now there’s one. There ought to be many many more.

– Words by Nathan Leigh