The final track on her new EP Alter EGO, "Brotha George" is actor-musician Miriam A. Hyman's tribute to the Black and brown lives taken by police brutality. 

Hyman, who releases music under her rap moniker Robyn Hood, added "Brotha George" as a bonus track on her new EP after happening upon some Shakespearean inspiration.

"Shortly after the murder of George Floyd, I was rehearsing William Shakespeare’s Richard II for The Public Theater and WNYC's radio broadcast, which was scheduled to be performed this summer for Shakespeare in the Park. One of my lines as Bolingbroke is: “Mine innocence and Saint George to thrive," which comes as I’m about to have a brawl with the character Mowbray, whom I suspect was involved with the death of my uncle Gloucester. The plan is to fight to the death to prove my allegations. After hearing and saying that line aloud, I knew that in the current climate I had to do a tribute to the Black and brown souls whose lives were taken by police brutality. So, the chorus for 'Brotha George' is:

Mine Innocence and Brotha George to thrive 
Mine Innocence and Brotha George to thrive
Mine Innocence and Brotha George to thrive
Breonna, Ahmaud, we going keep y’all alive

I call this the Bard to the Bars. 

I included 'Brotha George' as the final and bonus track on my EP Alter EGO, which was released at 8:46 AM in honor of George Floyd. With this song I remember him and the many other unarmed Black and brown individuals who have been killed by policeman or people that have the law on their side: Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner, and so many more." – MIRIAM A. HYMAN

 

Alter EGO is out now on all digital music platforms:
Alter EGO [Explicit]
Alter EGO [Radio-friendly]

 

Coming soon: a music video is currently in the works for 'Brotha George'. Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out this conversation with Hyman and her Richard II castmate, theatre & television icon Phylicia Rashad.

 

MIRIAM A. HYMAN is an actor of stage, television, and film who was last at People’s Light in a Community Matters presentation of Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed. The Public: Richard II (Shakespeare in the Park Radio Broadcast), Socrates, Richard III. Off-Broadway: Three Musketeers (CTH); Tempest (La MaMa E.T.C.) Cymbeline (Yale Rep). Films: The Sun Is Also a Star (Warner Bros/MGM), The Laundromat (Netflix), Brittany Runs a Marathon (Amazon). TV: “The Chi,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “NCIS,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Rookie,” “Blindspot,” “The OA Part II,” “High Maintenance,” “OITNB,” “SMILF,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” EPs (as Robyn Hood): Alter Ego (2020), Truth Teller (2020), For Higher (2016). Awards: Princess Grace, Annenberg Fellow. BFA: UArts, MFA: Yale