Lenny Kravitz Tackles Racism In New Album

Thursday 13th, October 2011 / 13:54 Published by
Lenny Kravitz

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Lenny Kravitz, was born to a black mother and a white father.  In an interview with Mesfin Fekadu from the Associated Press, Kravitz said he didn’t recognize skin color in his own home as a child.

Things changed when he went to elementary school.

“I didn’t know anything about problems until I went to first grade and it was brought to my attention,” the rock singer and guitarist said. “I knew my father looked different than my mother, but I didn’t know that that meant anything… I had no idea that it was an issue.”

On his latest album, “Black and White America,” 47-year-old Kravitz tackles that “issue” as well as what his parents experienced as an interracial couple in 1960s New York. (Kravitz’s mother starred as Helen Willis in the hit television show “The Jeffersons” in the 1970s and `80s.)

The Grammy winner’s ninth album, which debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 albums chart last month, was recorded over a two-year period in the Bahamas and Paris.

Click the link below to the Original Story to read the entire AP interview with Kravitz by By MESFIN FEKADU.

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