By Annie Reuter

As the nation continues to struggle with last week’s wave of violence that began with the killings of two black men (Alton Sterling and Philando Castile) by police and continued with the slaying of five policemen by a sniper, Victoria Monet and Ariana Grande have teamed up to release a song of hope.

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The two both posted “Better Days” over the weekend, and in the song they both sing that they’re “hoping for better days, better days” and they continue to pray for the people outside their window.

“During this challenging time, we have to remember that the only way we will progress is if the overruling force is #Love,” Grande wrote on Instagram Saturday (July 9). “Music is a universal language that all of us can feel regardless of color lines, gender, sexuality, age, race, religion…. it unifies us. We believe we can not fight hate with hate, only love. Just as we can not fight darkness with more darkness. Only Light. Too many precious lives were taken from us this week, this month, this year. Rest in peace #AltonSterling. Rest in peace #PhilandoCastile #BlackLivesMatter. And the police that were peacefully guarding the #BlackLivesMatter rally in Dallas…. Rest in peace. #LorneAhrens, #MichaelKrol, #MichaelJSmith, #BrentThompson & #PatrickZamarripa. Stay strong and know that better days are coming.”

Listen to “Better Days” below.

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