"When I think about artists like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Nina Simone, James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston … You have all these black intellectual creatives who used their art to bring awareness to the injustices of the world. If they hadn’t contributed, we would not be given the opportunities that we have today as millennials. They helped kick down doors for us, and I don’t want their hard work and sacrifices to be in vain. I feel a personal responsibility to pay back those who have helped fight for my rights." Photographer: Alexandra Gavillet
Her Experience With Racism & Sexism "I want to be active in bringing about change. I’m tired of the racism, the sexism -- the constant judgment that we have to deal with. I want to do all I can with my art and my platform to speak out against any injustice, because I strongly believe that an injustice done to my fellow brother or sister is an injustice done to me. "As a black woman who has experienced sexism and racism, and as an ally of the LGBTQ community, I feel obligated to say something. I have to say something. I started my career writing protest songs, writing political songs, writing songs that would help spark the revolution. Brands understand what they’re getting into when they work with me — this is so much bigger than a check. My goal is to spark change, light a fire and encourage millennials to fight for more. We can do better. We can be better. We’re designed to be better than the last generation." Full link in bio.
Photographer: Alexandra Gavillet
"The themes that we tackle in Moonlight and Hidden Figures are in my music." To read full article click link in bio. :-) Thanks for you love and support ALWAYS. #moonlight & #hiddenfigures
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