Jay-Z And Others Open Up About Being Black In America

Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Mahershala Ali also discuss how fame plays into racism.

According to The Huffington Post, Jay-Z didn’t hold back when it came to letting the world know what it’s like to be a black man in America on his already platinum album “4:44,” which dropped on Friday.

He incorporated other black voices on Monday when he released a footnotes video for his song “The Story of O.J.” Jay-Z, along with Van Jones, Kendrick Lamar, Michael B. Jordan, Will Smith, Mahershala Ali and others, got candid in their individual interviews about the routine racism they’ve faced throughout the years.

“Some shit that’s not going to happen in my lifetime. There’s going to be racism ’til the day I die,” Chris Rock said in the full video available on Tidal.

“We don’t have the capacity to play offense,” Mahershala Ali added. “Like we can’t move cause we are constantly looking for the moment when you’re going to be disrupted so you walk through the world very aware that the world views you a certain way. So you gotta play defense and you gotta play it real smooth.”

“Success is still in many ways a synonym for white,” Trevor Noah claimed. “And so once you’ve attached successful to the Black man, there’s a little key that’s been given to you that may give you access to the white world. The key can be taken away… but at least you have a key for the time being.”

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