Thanya Iyer – Please Don’t Hold Me Hostage for Who I Am, for Who I Was [Listen]

Today, Montreal artist Thanya Iyer dropped the second single from the upcoming album and sure is a long title when saying it on the radio.
Please Don’t Hold Me Hostage for Who I Am, for Who I Was is taken from KIND which comes out on July 31, 2020 via Topshelf Records.

About the song:
Originally inspired by an Oprah Winfrey quote, Iyer’s calls to liberate ourselves resound over upbeat pulses and fluttering flute which dance triumphantly throughout the song’s jazz-pop architecture.
We often self-shame and hold ourselves to the flaws of our past, but on “Please Don’t Hold Me Hostage for Who I Am, for Who I Was,” Iyer encourages us to relinquish this unnecessary guilt, to make the choice to do better.

Please Don’t Hold Me Hostage for Who I Am, for Who I Was gets:

A message from Thanya Iyer:
Here are some organizations that are supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and other extremely important initiatives that have continued to make a beautiful impact and are essential to the well being of our humanity. They are just suggestions and I want to keep it open to the many different organizations that are doing some amazing things and those that people are passionate about as there are sooo many wonderful orgs that empower communities locally and internationally.

Head & Hands
Our youth is so important. Head & Hands, a safer space that promotes harm reduction and non-judgment, provides medical, legal, and social services to Montreal youth. My experience with them has been through J2K, a drop-in centre where youth can hang out, make music, engage in workshops, and more! A beautiful initiative!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Monteal
“We are dedicated to helping children and youths who are faced with personal and socio-economic difficulties, as well as their families. Our agency offers professional mentoring services and an opportunity to acquire and improve personal strengths and interpersonal skills, contributing to a healthier life over the long term.”

Template for Letter to Elected Officials to Defund the SPVM (Montreal Police)

Black Health Alliance
A community-led organization improving the health and well-being of Black communities across Canada. Supporting research, community health infrastructure and community projects that “reduce the racial disparities in health outcomes and promote health and well-being for people form the diverse back communities in Canada with emphasis on the broad determinants of health, including racism”

Sovereign Likhts’amisyu & Unist’ot’en Camp & Gidimt’en Camp
Coronavirus is still happening, yet Coastal GasLink continues to invade Wet’suwet’en territories and intends to build a pipeline that will lead to destruction of forests, water resources, and the land, putting the communities and our whole future at risk. There is a beautiful healing center at Unisto’ot’en Camp, and Likhts’amisyu clan has plans to build a climate research center. Let’s support these communities and the amazing work that they are doing! I highly recommend this documentary on the subject of the corporate and federal invasion of unceded lands.

SPREAD LOVE + SHINE LIGHT / Orenda Tribe COVID 19 Fund for the Navajo Nation
“On May 18th, Navajo Nation surpassed New York state for the highest covid-19 infection rate in the U.S. Orenda tribe is patterning with @ndncollective to raise funds bringing critical aid, masks, ppe and food”

North America:
Bail funds
This is a handy list of bail funds for protestors across North America

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