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Lenny Kravitz Sets The Record Straight Regarding Black Award Shows

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Lenny Kravitz via Instagram

Lenny Kravitz took to social media to offer some clarity on the remarks he made regarding not being celebrated by Black media organizations.

During his Esquire cover story, the 59-year-old Rock Star noted that he wasn’t on the cover of VIBE magazine until nearly a decade into his career. 

Lenny also noted, “To this day, I have not been invited to a BET thing or a Source Awards thing.”

Zoe Kravitz’s daddy went on to express he wanted his credit and recognition for breaking down barriers as a Black artist.

Lenny’s interview with Esquire sparked many conversations amongst Black media about how high-profile celebrities with non-Black publicists may feel they are being slighted. 

But, the reality is their publicist is turning down opportunities with Black media.

I’ve experienced this first hand while covering red carpets – all of a sudden the talent is out of time and can’t talk to anyone else, according to the publicist.

In a statement posted on his Instagram Story, Lenny Kravitz took a moment to clarify his remarks in the magazine. 

It is important to me to set the record straight on recent media reports based on an interview I did.

My black musical heritage means a lot to me, and I owe my success to my supporters who have taken this journey with me over the span of my career.

The comment I made was not about ‘black media’ or the ‘black community.’ I was specifically referring to black award shows in particular.

My comment was meant to express a concern about ensuring that black artist are being recognized for their work in what is now being called ‘non-traditional’ black music, which it is not.

Rock and roll is the music we were instrumental in creating and is a part of our history.

We must retain our heritage and celebrate that together.

BET and countless others have paved the way for this type of recognition.

I hope that by sharing my concern a spotlight will be shone on this issue.

Love and peace.

See the original post below.

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Lenny Kravitz Instagram Story

I think it’s only right that I close out this Lenny Kravitz post with his dance session.


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