TV’s favorite 90’s to 2000’s girlfriend, mom and wife, Tisha Campbell, has some powerful advice:
BE VICTORIOUS, NOT A VICTIM.
After giving the music industry a go in the 90’s when she released her self-titled debut album ‘Tisha,’ followed 4 years later by her single ‘Don’t Ask my Neighbor” (from the 1997 soundtrack for the movie Sprung,) actress Tisha Campbell-Martin (Martin, School Daze, My Wife & Kids, etc.) has dusted off her mic to deliver a powerful message in the form of a video for her summer single, ‘Steel Here.’ The lyrics and visuals for the video are actually inspired by Tisha’s own life!
Recently, the 46-year-old mother of two and wife to actor Duane Martin, revealed that she received an apology letter from the man who raped her when she was just 3 years old, something that would effect her into her 40’s and in her life as both a mom and wife. Tisha sings on the track:
“I’m still resilient. I’m always gonna be here
Because I’m supposed to be here.
I’m only my existence-
It’s a system of survival. Because I’m my only revival.
Yes I’m on a misson (put your seat belt on)
I know I’m on assignment, the stars are in alignment. I’m ready for this!
Got my paintbrush, got my canvas and I’ll paint the sky!
I’m-I’m-I’m- still/steel here!”
Although the incident happened over four decades ago, the burden of the abuse still weighs heavily on Tisha’s heart and mind. The “House Husbands of Hollywood,” actress admits that the letter has helped her to completely break away from being chained to the pain of her troubled past. In the visual, Tisha wears a portion of the letter written across her chest which says:
“Dear Beloved Tisha, this apology has been in my heart and on my mind for decades. For decades there has been a grieving pain within me coupled with an unending shame for my past behavior…”
Tisha also took to Twitter to break down the symbolic video, which features everything from a white-outfit clad Tisha surrounded by butterflies, to the singer dressed in a black dress:
“The color of the dress reps beauty and strength each dancer attached 2 me reps purging of anger, grudge, pain, low self esteem, self-deprecation or any negative emotion) being released and the freedom from it. The writing on my body and the man writing the letter reps the actual words of an apology letter I recently received from the person who violated me when I was 3 yrs old. By blessing me with the apology letter he allotted me the ability to be free and to forgive #blessed #thankful”
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