“To put it bluntly, the likes of Pharrell and Raven-Symoné can afford to declare their independence from blackness.”
In April of this year, Pharrell Williams declared the “new Black” in an interview with Oprah Winfrey by saying:
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. And it’s either going to work for you, or it’s going to work against you. And you’ve got to pick the side you’re gonna be on.
I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American. I’m not an African-American; I’m an American. I mean, I don’t know where my roots go to. I don’t know how far back they go. I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from, but I do know that my roots…
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