#3.10.2022 Smokey Robinson Loves Being Black

Stacy Brown addresses a panel of scholars, including Professor Riché Richardson, with the question "Being Black vs Africana American?"

"We are live at The Players Championship in Florida on Thursday, March 9 2022. Smokey Robinson’s poem “A Black American” sparked a widespread discussion about racial identity following its original performance nearly 18 years ago during the season finale of “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.” While the poem aimed to educate its readers about the Black experience and what Black people have been called or regarded as over the years, it also sought to explain what being Black meant to the now 82-year-old. During a virtual appearance on “The View” the legendary soul singer-songwriter was asked what being Black American means to you, the singer stunned viewers after admitting that he resented being labeled “African American.” He said, among other things, 'Black is a race.'”

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