Willow Smith said her mother Jada Pinkett Smith faced “death threats” as a black heavy metal artist but loved music because it was “a powerful agent of change”. .
the singer, 21, recalls the “crazy” things her mother had to deal with during her time in alternative music and the resistance she experienced in the same industry.
Smith, who appeared on the cover of Glamor UK’s September issue, told the magazine: “Oh my gosh. She is receiving death threats. That’s a huge amount of stuff going on.
“I remember saying, ‘Yo! People are really upset about this, they’re crazy about a black woman who wants to do metal and be in space. Like it’s activism.
“When I wanted to make a rock album, there were a lot of executives saying, ‘Hmm…’
“If I were white, it would be perfectly fine, but since I’m black, it’s ‘Well, maybe it shouldn’t’ – and make it harder than it needs to be.
“If I get over that, every other artist of color is getting[protest]back, too.”
Smith, daughter of Hollywood star Will Smith, said it was a case of allowing “people of color, women and all marginalized communities[to]step out of the boxes that society wants to put them in.” we enter.
“Not even in music, but in every part of our lives – it’s the special sauce,” she said.
The activist and singer, known for songs including Whip My Hair and Wait A Minute!, is set to release a new album Coping Mechanism.
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“Music has been at the forefront of some of the biggest paradigm shifts on earth. Part of the reason I love it is because it’s such a powerful change agent.
“I certainly think there is always a lot of work to be done in (about) the way we do business in these arts and endeavors. It is systematic oppression.
“If we start to undo that, then hopefully real change can happen.”
Read the full interview in Glamor UK’s September Digital Magazine online now.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/i-love-music-because-it-is-a-strong-agent-of-change-says-willow-smith-41954740.html I love music because it is a powerful agent of change, says Willow Smith