Singer, songwriter/producer Pharrell has had an amazing year. But tempers flared when the star released the cover for his new album, GIRL, and the flames have been reignited after comments about “The New Black” during an interview with Oprah made by the musician.
“The new black doesn’t blame other races for our issues,” he told Oprah Winfrey. “The new black dreams and realizes that it’s not a pigmentation, it’s a mentality. And it’s either going to work for you or it’s going to work against you and you’ve got to pick which side you’re gonna be on.”
The response was quick. Twitter exploded with the hashtag #WhatKindOfBlackAreYou.
Sometimes I’m angry and other times I am fancy… #whatkindofblackareyou
— Mr. Allen (@MocusReece) May 15, 2014
#whatkindofblackareyou An educated black man that is not naive and believe that you can do it all alone
— Tunde Mustapha (@TundeHMustapha) May 14, 2014
Thoughts on Pharrell’s definition of the “New Black” and the #whatkindofblackareyou hashtag?
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