A sequel to the 1992 horror flick Candyman is out now, and it features Fiona Apple's song "Shameika" during a scene set in an art critic’s apartment. The use of the song in the movie now allows Apple to fulfill her pledge of donating all the proceeds from "Shameika" TV and movie royalties to the Harlem Children's Zone.
"Shameika" is from Apple's 2020 album Fetch the Bolt Cutters. Apple made her donation pledge with the song last year. She also pledged to donate royalties from her other song "Heavy Balloon" to Seeding Sovereignty. Should no syncs materialize, the artist pledged to donate $50,000 to those two charities.
"Shameika" granted Apple a 2021 Grammy for Best Rock Performance, and her whole album ended up winning the prize for Best Alternative Music Album. After the song's release last spring, Apple’s former third-grade teacher reconnected her with the real-life Shameika Stepney who inspired the song. Stepney and Apple then collaborated on a new sequel song, “Shameika Said.”
The Harlem Children's Zone vows to break down the cycle of intergenerational poverty by creating life-altering opportunities throughout Harlem so children and families can thrive. More information can be found here.
Listen to "Shameika" below.
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