“I know my race, I just look in the mirror…I know I’m black!”-Michael Jackson. In 1926, poet and essayist Langston Hughes wrote a short but stirring piece that became a manifesto for the Harlem Renaissance, the great cultural movement that brought Black art, culture, and music to prominence in American society. Last spring, when […]
Another great article from Raven Woods.
It’s interesting that this completely unsubstantiated rumour that MJ didn’t want to be black was purported by the tabloid media for so long. I have met people who still believe it. Firstly, his music and artistry were always inherently African-American. Especially in terms of soul, something I discuss in my ‘Bad’ article (published July 21st). The more I study and research MJ, the more I see how black he actually was. Not in terms of skin colour, vitiligo saw to that, but in terms of culture and positive representation. If you look beyond the skin there are gospel choirs, scatting, beat-boxing and syncopated rhythms everywhere (from Will You Be There to They Don’t Care About Us).
What do you think of MJ’s racial representation? Share your thoughts in the comments.