Photo Credit: Zun Lee © 2013 BlackStarCreative LLC. All rights reserved.
Photo Credit: Zun Lee © 2013 BlackStarCreative LLC. All rights reserved.

“It’s like the TuPac line “I remember Marvin Gaye used to sing to me, had me feelin’ like Black was the thing to be.” I wanted to be that Black. I wanted to be the “Marvin Gaye Black.” I wanted it hard because it was gonna make my story of coming up all the more sweeter. And I think a ton of Black folks identify with that struggle. I struggled, but I don’t think that my struggles necessarily have to be because I was Black. And I’ve been thinking about that for a long time. Like doing an essay of sorts about never being called nigger. And what that’s like and how I just have to get used to the fact that I probably will never be called a nigger. I don’t have the experience of that kind of pain but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have the experience of being Black. It just makes for a different kind of Black experience and I’m okay with now.”

Jozen
Harlem, New York
Mixed

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