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When D’Angelo made his grand return to recording and performing with the inspired ”Black Messiah” album in December, he did it with the understand that at least some of the music would resonate with those protesting the Eric Garner verdict and police violence as a whole — and knowing that there wasn’t as much music addressing activism and injustice as there could be. 

Now, in a new video from The New York Times, the enigmatic R&B singer addresses questions of artistic responsibility and activism — all while taking the grand daddy of radical history tours through Oakland and Berkeley with Panthers co-founder Bobby Seale. 

The video accompanies a Q&A with Seale and D’Angelo, which you can read here. Check out the video above.