Keedron Bryant – I Just Wanna Live

May 26, 12-year old Keedron Bryant turned heads on social media when he shared a video singing passionately about being a young black man in today’s world. This was the day after the killing of George Floyd.


“I’m a young Black man/Doing all that I can/To stand.”

In the powerful video shared on Instagram, he sang the lyrics, written by his mother Johnetta Bryant – “I’m a young Black man/Doing all that I can/To stand.”


This video which was afterward shared by Barack Obama, Lupita Nyong’o, and LeBron James has garnered over 3 million views.

Now, Keedron has dropped this moving song in a new video dubbed “I Just Wanna Live.”

The emotional video opens on an American flag, while a chorus of children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance continues in the background. The flag starts dripping blood and Bryant is shown kneeling before an angry, white police officer with a gun pointed at him.

I just wanna live/God protect me,” Bryant passionately calls out. “I’m a young black man/Doing all that I can.”


This soul-stirring work clearly depicts police brutality and the numerous unjust killings of Black people in America. Names of past victims and recent ones like Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, Gabriella, are seen written on a black man’s body. At a point, Bryant sings in a scene where protestors are clashing with police.

You can almost literally feel a soulful pain as you watch. Where do you want to start from on how life really is, for a black person in America? Is it from the bullyings and beatings in schools, being pulled over by the police for no reason or forfeiting job opportunities – all ’cause of your skin color?

As much as the video tries to tell the story, it is only a part of the pain blacks go through every passing day!

Listen to Keedron Bryant’s “I Just Wanna Live” below:


The fact that people hate you just because you are black, because of your skin color, race, or ethnicity is so primitive and incomprehensible, to say the least. It is quite sad that what young black men and women are asking, at a time like this, is simply to be alive. The fundamental right to life now seems to be a facade.

Listen to Tobe Nwigwe’s inspiring message to the black community.


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