The Music Industry Takes Action In Support Of BLM.
Music by: Simon Sizer – Ares.
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The music industry’s attempts to initiate change continue.
Just a few days ago, Republic Records announced that they will be eliminating the word “Urban” from the company’s language when describing “departments, employee titles and music genres”, calling it an “outdated word”. The term has been used heavily to generalise black people and black music, marginalising black artists from the rest of the industry.
Their action follows years of controversy over the word, as well as adhering to the words of Tyler the Creator at the 2019 Grammy’s who said “it sucks that whenever we – and I mean guys that look like me – do anything that’s genre-bending they always put it in a rap or urban category”.
But is this something only the music industry is guilty of?
Just last year, Rihanna’s Fenty was awarded the “Urban Luxe” prize at the British Fashion awards, despite the brand falling outside of the streetwear category. And the BFC was immediately called out for attempting to eliminate a black designer from the mainstream categories.
Fashion still has a long way to go in their contributions against racial inequality, so what do you think fashion needs to do in their journey towards systemic change?
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