Bruno Mars kicked off Black History Month in a big way, explaining in his profile with Latina magazine that almost all musical genres in America come from black culture.
Mars, who is half Puerto Rican, even attributes Latin genres to Africa, claiming that even “salsa music goes back to the homeland.”
“When you say ‘black music’ understand you mean rock, jazz, R&B, reggae, funk, doo-wop, hip-hop and Motown. Black people created everything … So in my world, music black says it all. That’s what gives America its swag. “
He then described the impact of black music on his education, particularly the prevalence of black artists who dominated popular music during his childhood.
“I was a kid raised in the 90s. Pop music was deeply rooted in the R&B of Whitney, Diddy, Dr. Dre, Boyz II Men, Aaliyah, TLC, Babyface, New Edition, Michael and more. that kids is what was on MTV and the radio. This is what we danced to at school parties and barbecues. “
“I wouldn’t be here without these artists who inspired me. They brought me so much joy and created the soundtrack of my life filled with memories I will never forget.”
Speaking about the current socio-political landscape in America, Mars added that he “hates” that racial inequality and injustice are still a topic of discussion in the 21st century.
“I hate that we even have a conversation about injustice in America,” he continued. “That we have a conversation about this in 2017; the same conversation that took place decades and decades ago. ”
You are absolutely right, Bruno. Frustrating, isn’t it?
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