it wasn't until after we finished recording "The Method" that we realized the Eritrean flag was upside down. we couldn't re-record the video because I was leaving Dallas (where we filmed) and Abel was planning to release the video on Mother's Day. but, God Makes no mistakes and Wastes nothing. so I researched the symbolic meaning of this gesture. after learning an upside down flag is a "signal of distress" - I truly think BOTH flags should have been upside down. it is clear that those of you who are angry with me do not understand me or my heart, especially where our people are concerned. my father is Eritrean. to think I would do anything to disrespect or dishonor Eritrean people is nonsensical, but I do apologize to anyone who is offended.
our people are in distress because we don't have unity - amongst one another, and even within each nation, individually. cross-border attacks, ethnic clashing, jailed journalists, political oppression, refugees, uprisings - just to name a few indicators of the distress. our lack of brotherhood & understanding will only perpetuate the distress and death. what are we doing about it? let's dialogue. let us not allow our attention to be diverted by petty things, and look beyond, reach deeper. HOW did we get here? WHAT is at the ROOT of our disunity? WHO meddled in our affairs, and WHY? do we know the TRUTH about our history?
what do you want for our people? more than anything, I want peace.