The-Dream Debuts ‘Black’ After Donald Sterling’s Racist Remarks
The-Dream‘s music isn’t all about chasing women and telling them to throw it in the bag, as his new song, ‘Black,’ is a response to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist remarks. The track is accompanied by a video that shows old footage of civil rights marches, famed civil rights leaders and protests.
But the best thing about the song are the words, as the singer truly gets his Marvin Gaye on with socially-conscious lyrics about inner-city poverty and the daily struggles of being black in America.
“‘Cause everywhere there’s a Chicago / The only way we’re getting out of here is if we hit the lotto,” sings Dream, clearly talking about how Chicago’s homicide problem exists in other areas too.
These days it’s rare that a mainstream R&B artist will talk about social or political issues, despite many fans being victims of societal ills. Clearly The-Dream should get a big round of applause from not only his fan base, but from his contemporaries as well.
And although NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling from the league for life, (which satisfied many players and fans), The-Dream’s ‘Black’ couldn’t be any more timely, as it reminds folks that although things have improved for minorities in this country, we’re far from a post-racial society.