Both Party And Protest, 'Alright' Is The Sound Of Black Life's Duality

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Kendrick Lamar performs at the 2015 BET Awards in Los Angeles.

The Kendrick Lamar song turned protest chant against police violence identifies a daily balancing act: There is hope, and there is despair. There’s the ideal world, and there’s the real one.

(Image credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for BET)