Bruno Mars: "American Music Is Black Music"
Sit down, America, please. It has come to our attention that you haven’t been paying attention, so Bruno Mars has been brought in as a teacher of sorts to school you. During a recent interview with Latina, the “24K Magic” superstar opened up about the death of his mother (“I’d give up music to have her back”); on his thoughts on Donald Trump and on how black music impacted his career.
That latter part is really important, America. You see, for decades you’ve been blackballing us from shining on television (see: Grammys), whitewashing our genres (see: Snow, Vanilla Ice) and capitalizing on our creations for your own monetary gain (see: Taylor Swift‘s “Wildest Dreams” video). It is downright ludicrous that you would not let us be great while getting your Pat Boone on.
“When you say ‘black music’ understand that you are talking about rock, jazz, R&B, reggae, funk, doo-wop, hip-hop and Motown,” he told the magazine publication. “Black people created it all. Being Puerto Rican, even salsa music stems back to the Motherland [Africa]. So, in my world, black music means everything. It’s what gives America its swag.”
You see, America, your coolness, your waves, your sway and all that are thanks to the black-and-brown community. Especially as we’ve entered into the 21st century, it all circles around hip-hop, which has become the popular music of the day. Kids in Oberlin, Ohio aren’t blasting Britney Spears and Incubus. They’re jamming Migos, Aaliyah and Kendrick Lamar. “They [black music] have brought me so much joy and created the soundtrack to my life filled with memories that I’ll never forget,” the “Uptown Funk” singer told Latina.
America, you need to show love and recognize that without acts like Michael Jackson, Beyoncé and, yes, Jodeci + Bobby Brown, you would be more like Russia than President Orange Slice wants us to be.
What a way to kick off #BlackHistoryMonth! Be sure to read the full story on Latina.