"Bully Bully" (CD Single)

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Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
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Kid-friendly soul singer declares war on bullying.

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Educational Value

It's always important to address the issue of bullying at a young age.

Positive Messages

The lyrics are all about standing up to bullies and valuing friendship.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Singer Shawana Kemp inspires as someone willing to defend not only herself, but also her friends, from intimidation and mean-spirited foes.

Violence & Scariness

Lyrics recommend using words instead of violence.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this empowering anti-bully anthem is a positive, relatable, and kid-friendly statement encouraging children to support each other and demand an end to the increasingly prevalent problem of schoolyard and cyber-bullying.

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What's the story?

\"BULLY BULLY\" comes from the fun and family-focused self-titled album, Shine and The Moonbeams, a funky soul-infused band led by Shawana \"Shine\" Kemp, which gained national attention thanks to an NPR profile. The lyrics describe a situation where a \"chunky\" transfer student is being mistreated by her new classmates, prompting Shine to stand up against the \"meanie Yvan\" and declare \"Bully bully, no no, not today, bully bully, we're not afraid.\"

Is it any good?

With a strong and clear message ("It won't stop till we all say stop -- STOP!"), a clean and accessible sound, and clever lyrics, Shine and the Moonbeams deliver a perfectly poignant slice of fun and funk. The songs are infused with positive messages and danceable rhythms and are clearly intended to inspire and empower kids. The track "Bully Bully" is essentially a re-write of the classic "Wooly Bully," but with a bit more of a contemporary soul feel, which works quite well.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about bullying. Why do you think it's still so prevalent and destructive amongst young kids and teens? What can we do to stop it?

  • How has the Internet and the rise of "cyber-bullying" changed the way kids pick on each other? How can parents and kids get involved to protect one another from these very visible public attacks?

  • What do you think of the use of children's music to address serious and important issues facing our communities?

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