Singer-Songwriter-Activist MILCK on Systemic Racism, and Her Song ‘Somebody’s Beloved’

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Singer-Songwriter-Activist MILCK on Systemic Racism, and Her Song ‘Somebody’s Beloved’

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Chinese-American singer, songwriter, and activist MILCK (real name Connie Lim) is following up her Into Gold EP with a brand-new song and an appearance on Add to Cart with Kulap Vilaysack and SuChin Pak.

To celebrate her latest track, "Somebody's Beloved," which features British singer-songwriter, Bipolar Sunshine, MILCK will be joining hosts Vilaysack and Pak for a special Q&A and performance on Zoom today at 3 p.m. EST. MILCK's "Quiet" was named Billboard's no. 1 protest song in 2017 after her performance at the Women's March and officially became part of NPR's "American Anthem" series.

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Vilaysack, host of the Who Charted and creator of Bajillions, joins activist and former MTV VJ SuChin Pak for their latest venture, Add to Cart. On the show, the duo discusses "all things shopping" and what purchases say about the people clicking "add to cart." Just in time for holiday shopping, the podcast is offering up gift guides for every shopping list, including splurge-worthy buys and bargain finds.

Vilaysack and Pak also talk about specific things that they've bought and loved and what trends they're passionate about. Tomorrow's talk will feature Pia Velasco, HelloGiggles's senior fashion and beauty editor, and editors from People, Real Simple, and Health.

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In addition to the chat, MILCK is set to perform "Somebody's Beloved," a song inspired by her experience with America's systemic racism, white privilege, and the fact that the nation has been divided for so long.

"When Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Nina Pop, and George Floyd's murders sparked a global uprising, I faced the harsh reality that as an Asian American woman, I am both a beneficiary of white privilege and a victim of systemic racism. To understand how I could be a more active part of the country’s healing from racial injustices, I started to do more research," she said of the new song. "As I listened to Tamika Palmer talk about the memory of her daughter, 'Somebody's Beloved' came to me. 'Somebody's Beloved' is a delicate yet powerful song that we hope can soften the vitriol prevalent in today’s polarized culture."

MILCK has also established the Somebody’s Beloved Fund, which is raising money to benefit seven organizations, including BEAM: Black Emotional And Mental Health Collective, Black Mamas Matter Alliance, One Family Memphis, Dignity for Incarcerated Women, Freedom, Inc., SONG: Southerners on New Ground, and City Kicks — a partnership between City in the Community & Families Against Violence. The organizations are mostly founded by Black, women-identified individuals and focus on building power around areas of racial justice, feminism, LGBTQ+ rights, criminal justice reform, and mental health.