pharrell was on oprah’s new show “prime” this weekend being the epic man that he is. nestled in the mix of all of his golden nuggets of black excellence lain some more commentary about the controversy over his album cover. (check out my thoughts on the whole shebang here.) there was also an amazing quote that sounded similar to a video my friend and i made years ago at the bk museum during their “black list” exhibit in 2009.
check out pharrell’s quote and then my video (which includes a pharrell shoutout) and share your thoughts on the idea of the “new-new negro/new black”.
“The new black doesn’t blame other races for our issues. The new black dreams and realizes that it’s not a pigmentation, it’s a mentality. 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. You choose to be on. The name of my album is not called race, it’s called G I R L. It’s for the female species. That’s number one. Number two, my mama is black. My mom is a huge part of my business. My wife is black. There are certain people who allow the delusion in the mirror, in their own mirrors, to become issues. You should not find confidence outside of your mirror. Why are you sharing your delusion? Whatever that space is between you and your mirror, what does that have to do with me? This is my work. I recognize that there are issues. We get judged on our skin. I just stated that there hadn’t been an African-American like…so we look at things like that. I don’t allow that to run my life. I don’t live my life trying to be black. What I do is, I nurture my curiosity and use it. I’m proud to be what I am. So my thing is, the new black is a mentality. You don’t do things because you’re black. You do things because you’re genuinely interested in something. Is there a lot of black in equality? Absolutely. But I’m the main one waving the flag. What do you mean? Don’t find your confidence in a cover. Find your confidence in the mirror.”
pharrell’s full interview can be seen here. watch it…it’s like the best thing ever.
*editor’s note: i obviously love r&b, but in the context on santigold, i don’t see it. it’s lazy labeling.