The-Dream has released a dark video for his single “Black,” the song which was inspired by the life and death of Nelson “Mr. Madiba” Mandela.
The singer traveled to Langa Township, South Africa to film the video, which portrays people who feel alienated by racism, class bias, religious discrimination, political differences and sexual preference. The clip was directed by Daniel Sanwald.
“I needed to take a step in a direction away from my comfort zone and do and say and sing something worthwhile, I think this way all the time, and I spend most of my day in the battle of being Black and being a minority. Money has not changed my status in the department of racism and or classism,” the singer said in a statement.
He continued, “I take a step in this direction in order to no longer ignore the real part of life that exists after I walk out of a studio, after I take an award at a show, and after I drop my kids off to school. America is still broken. I only wish to help bring these broken ways to light so we can fix our hearts, and make this dream a reality and not a segregated dream filled with false hope.”
“Black” is the first release by The-Dream since leaving Def Jam and reuniting with longtime production partner Tricky Stewart. The duo are working on several projects for this fall.
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