By way of a swelling and enthusiastic fan base, Ray BLK stands as the United Kingdom’s fastest-rising “newbie.”
Born to Nigerian parents, the vocalist now uses her rising star to address issues close to her heart and soulful material.
One of them?
Homophobia within the black community.
Her thoughts below…
I feel like homosexuality is a topic that the black community tries to shy away from. We don’t really like to talk about it and we often pretend that there are no gay black people that exist. I felt like it was something that I needed to put a spotlight on.
Even in Nigerian culture, I think we speak about it a lot less. We don’t talk about anything like that in our music whereas in Caribbean music, they speak against homosexuality all the time but we kind of just pretend it doesn’t exist. I felt like it was something that someone needed to speak up about and I didn’t want to wait for someone else to address it.
Her remarks arrived after her Hip-Hop peer T.I. endorsed the idea that media establishments were making an effort to erase alpha males of colour from the zeitgeist.
Who he believes are being put in their place?
He shared the video below via his Instagram page: