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Black singers and musicians that were activist
Topic Started: Apr 22 2018, 05:12 PM (931 Views)
James

When God gives you the ability to sing or play an instrument that's a blessing. But do you use your talent and gift just to enrich yourself, or do you use it for a greater good in the world?

When black people are catching hell and being mistreated the safe thing to do is, look the other way and pretend that you don't see anything.

But when you love and care about black people, there's something in you that wont allow you to do that. It wont allow you to play it safe.

These black singers and musicians didn't take the safe route, and for that reason they paid a price for standing up for black people.

Some of them had their songs banned from being played on the radio, some were blacklisted, some were exiled and banned from living in certain countries, some lost fans, and some were targeted by the FBI and the CIA.

All of them were criticized for taking a stand and using their music to address injustice done to blacks. People said that they should have just stuck to playing regular music that didn't make people uncomfortable.

These are some black music artist, that were more than singers and musicians.

These blacks used their musical talent to speak out against injustice done to blacks, and by speaking out these blacks put their career in danger.

We should all say that thank you to these black music artist.

Stevie Wonder is more than a singer and a musician, he's an activist. This is a picture of Stevie Wonder being arrested for protesting against Apartheid in South Africa. He was arrested outside of the South African Embassy.

Stevie Wonder also wrote a song against Apartheid, the the name song is called It's Wrong.

The South African Government banned all of Stevie Wonder's music from being played and sold in South Africa, because he was speaking out against Apartheid in his songs.


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Stevie Wonder always put a message in his songs that spoke against injustice, and the mistreatment of the poor as shown in this video.

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Billie Holiday made a song about blacks that were being hung in the south in the 1960's, this song is called Strange fruit.

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Curtis Mayfield always used his music to speak about the pain, hurt and suffering that black person were facing.



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Marvin Gaye often spoke about the pain, hurt and suffering that poor black people in the ghetto were going through.

In 1971 Marvin Gaye recorded the What's Going On album, which spoke out against war, it spoke about the problems that blacks were facing in America.

His record company hated that album when he presented the songs to them. The board of directors at his record company told him that was the worst thing that they ever heard, and they told him that he was going to ruin his career if he released that album, so his record company refused to release it.

Marvin Gaye told them that he would never record again unless they released that album. His record company gave in to his demands and released it, and that became his most successful album.

This is one of the songs from that album, it's called Inner City Blues. This song speaks about police brutality, poverty and other things.




This is another song from that album, it's called What Happening Brother.

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Bob Marley spoke out against the oppression of black people in his songs. The CIA targeted Bob Marley, they saw him as a threat because he was speaking out against oppression that blacks were facing, and large numbers of black people were listening to him.

The CIA targeted Bob Marley and they made assassination attempt on his life, he was shot and almost killed in that assassination attempt.

He inspired black people to stand up for themselves in songs like this.




Bob Marley song speaking out against war and racism.

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Michael Jackson used his talent and music to help black people, he gave millions of dollars to help blacks in Africa and America.

Michael started the Michael Jackson college fund, and he gave millions of dollars to black college and through this he helped 500 black kids go to college.

Michael Jackson also helped the Nation of Islam finance the Million Man March.

Michael made a whole album that spoke out against injustice done to blacks, it's called the HISTORY album, and this song is on that album, it's called They Don't Care About Us.




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Chaka Khan was very active in the struggle, she was a member of the original Black Panther Party. Where she was involved in marches and protest rallies, and she said that she got arrested a few times for this. She worked very closely with Fred Hampton one was one of the leaders of the Black Panther Party. Chaka Khan helped to run the Black Panthers free breakfast program for children, and she sold papers for the Panthers. When she join the Black Panthers she took on the African name of Chaka Adunne Aduffe Hodarhi Karifi.

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Prince was much more than a talented singer and musician, Prince used his music as a vehicle to speak out against injustice done to blacks.

Here are some songs where Prince is speaking up for blacks.

In this song he said that poor people are struggling but you wont lend a hand.




This is another powerful song by Prince called When Will We Be Paid. In this song Prince talks about how black people picked cotton and built America as slaves, and then he ask the question when will we be paid?

This is a song about reparations for blacks in America that grandchildren of slaves.




In this song Prince is speaking about the murder of Martin Luther King Jr.



Prince gave a lot of money to charity, but when he gave money to help people he told them not to tell anybody, as shown in this video.

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Hugh Masekela is a music legend, he's one of the greatest Jazz musicians ever. But he was much more than a musician, Hugh Masekela used his music to speak out against Apartheid in South Africa, and for that reason the South African Government banned him from living in that country for 30 years.

Here is one of his songs where here speaking about the hardship that blacks face Africa.


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Donny Hathaway talked about what's it's like to be Young, Gifted and Black in racist America.



James Brown made a song telling black people to be proud of being black.

James Brown lost a lot of white support when he made this song, and radio stations in the south banned this song.






Nina Simone always used her music to speak out against the injustice and oppression done to black. In this song called I Wish I Knew What Fell Like to Be Free, she said that white people don't know what black people go through because they have not gone through our experiences, that shaped us into the people that we are today.



Nina Simone speaking on the beauty of being black. She said that when she talks to young blacks she see it as an INVESTMENT in the future.

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The OJays made a song about the slave trade, it's called Ship Ahoy.



Sam Cooke kept black people encouraged when he wrote A Change is Gonna Come.



Isaac Hayes was more than a singer and a musician, he was also an activist. Isaac Hayes built a school in the African country of Ghana, and for this he was made a King in Ghana.

He always put a message in his songs that spoke to the hurt and pain of black people, such as this song called Soulville.




Harry Belafonte was much more than a singer, he was also an activist. He used his fame to benefit the Civil Rights Movement, he participated and helped organize marches and protest. Harry Belafonte also helped raised the money to get the Civil Rights protestors out of jail in Birmingham Alabama in 1963.

On many different occasions he raised money to help the Civil Rights Movement, when Martin Luther King Jr was killed he provided financial assistance for Dr. King's family.

In 1954 he was blacklisted by Hollywood for his activism.

Harry Belafonte helped to organize the song We Are the World, which helped raised money for causes in Africa.

Video interview.




Singer Etta James was a member of the Nation of Islam for over 10 years, she got her X in the Nation of Islam. During that time she went by the name Jamesetta X.

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Minister Farrakhan and Michael Jackson together, they were very close.

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