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Does race still matter?
John Legend, is an American soul singer, songwriter, and pianist. He has won six Grammy Awards. Born John Stephens, Legend was a child prodigy who grew up in Ohio, where he began singing gospel and playing piano at the tender age of five. Legend left Ohio at 16 to attend college in Philadelphia, and it was there that he first found a larger audience. Not yet out of his teens, Legend was tapped to play piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything" in 1998.
After completing college, he moved to New York, where he began to build a loyal following playing in nightclubs and releasing CDs that he would sell at shows. He also became an in-demand session musician, playing and occasionally writing for a wide array of artists, including Alicia Keys, Twista, Janet Jackson, and Kanye West.
It wasn't until West signed the young talent to his new label that he adopted the Legend name with 2004's Solo Sessions Vol. 1: Live at the Knitting Factory. Get Lifted, his first studio album, was released later in the year. On the strength of enduring single "Ordinary People," the album reached the Top Five of the Billboard 200. This led to three Grammy Awards: Best R&B Album, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance, and Best New Artist. Once Again, which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and number one on the R&B/hip-hop Albums chart, followed in October 2006. Live from Philadelphia, sold exclusively at Target stores, was a successful stopgap release that predated October 2008's Evolver.
John Legend: Yes, I think race still matters.
The press likes to highlight conflict more than they like to talk about the good things that are going on in this country. And so I think, in the presidential race, the idea and the significance of race has been overblown. It’s been blown out of proportion. And I think because of that, it’s made it more significant than it needs to be.
But race still matters, and no matter where I go, I’m always going to be a Black man. And I’ll be seen as that, and it’ll carry with it whatever stereotypes or whatever beliefs that people have about it. And I know that when I go into a situation, but I don’t let it become a hindrance. It just is what it is. And I think it’s always going to mean something. It’s always going to matter.
What we should be able to do is have the moral capacity as individuals and human beings to respect each other; and to expect the best out of anyone; and to not judge them by the color of their skin or where they came from, but to truly judge them by the content of their character. And I think fundamentally, the world will be a better place if we’re able to do that. We’re not there yet, but I think we have a chance of being there in the future. And I think we’re moving in that direction.
Recorded on: Jan 29, 2008
No matter where he goes, he will always be seen as a Black man, Legend says.
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